Having a child ruins your life

By Josh Sherman
2 min read
parenting
family
rant

I started a new contract gig this week and one of my new co-workers was very candid in letting me know that having children ruins your life and implying that I in fact had ruined my life in doing so. To be quite honest, I was very taken back by […]

Spending money on advertising only to acquire spammers

By Josh Sherman
3 min read
advertising
spammers

I performed a little experiment last year, I decided to spend a small bit of money on advertising one of my sites via AdWords. My budget was low as I didn’t want to spend more than 100$ and my daily allocation fluctuated between 1$ and 5$ as I made adjustments […]

Google Places PHP Library

By Josh Sherman
1 min read
development
open-source software
php
google

I tend to shy away from these self gratifying posts about my own open source contributions, but I’m going to make the exception because this particularly library has been receiving quote a few downloads this month. I’m unsure for the increase, but my Google Places PHP Library has had over […]

Linode vs. Digital Ocean, performance benchmarks

By Josh Sherman
3 min read
reviews
hosting
linode
digitalocean

I mentioned the in my last Linode vs. Digital Ocean post that I would be doing a performance comparison of the two in the near future and here it is! I used sysbench with some pretty basic settings to compare a 2GB server from both hosting companies. Apples to apples, […]

How to Install PHP Redis on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

By Josh Sherman
1 min read
development
php
redis
linux
ubuntu

Previously, I had shown you how to install PHP Redis from source but things changed with the latest Ubuntu LTS release. Now you can install the phpredis extension from the Ubuntu respositories. First, if you don’t have it installed already, let’s install Redis: sudo apt-get install redis-server After we get […]