Swallow your pride and stop blaming your tools

By Josh Sherman
2 min read
graphic design
career

I was at my favorite neighborhood biergarten last week when I spied a flyer on the bar for the today’s Cinco de Mayo event. Upon closer examination, I noticed that the kerning was set very high in between the Ma and the Yo so it looked like Cinco de Ma […]

How to Install the MongoDB PHP Module on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

By Josh Sherman
1 min read
development
php
mongodb
linux
ubuntu

Installing the PHP module for MongoDB on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is just a command away, but first, let’s ensure that we have MongoDB itself installed: sudo apt-get install mongodb Once we have MongoDB installed, we can proceed with installing the module. Please note that you could combine these commands to […]

Linode SSD vs. DigitalOcean

By Josh Sherman
4 min read
reviews
hosting
linode
digitalocean
nodebalancer

Time for another installment of my Linode vs. DigitalOcean series. The most notable improvement this go around is on Linode’s end by offering SSD Linux servers exclusively. This had been the pain point for many as DigitalOcean has been offering this since day one and Chris Aker had made it […]

How to Setup a LEMP Stack on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

By Josh Sherman
3 min read
development
linux
nginx
mysql
php
ubuntu

Last week I covered setting up a LAMP server on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS but for my money, it’s all about LEMP stacks. The “E” actually stands for Nginx (pronouced Engine X) and it’s an altnerative to the Apache web server that is built for speed and has a very low […]

The pros and cons of being accessible to your users

By Josh Sherman
3 min read
scenekids
retrospection

How accessible I am to my site’s users is something that I’ve went back and forth with over the last few years. When I say “accessible” I don’t mean venturing into offline interactions or anything like that, just in regard to how I interact with the users. I tend to […]