Johnathan Lyman
Johnathan Lyman

Johnathan Lyman

My name is Johnathan Lyman and I am an engineer at Papertrail, a huge Apple nerd and semi-regular blogger. I enjoy bubble tea way too much and find Farming Simulator relaxing. Find out more.

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2014 – 2018 Johnathan Lyman. All 313 posts and 11 pages were made with and in Seattle.
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This is the greatest thing I’ve seen this year.

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Free, crappy wifi is not like free, crappy coffee. You can’t say “I can’t do my job but hey, at least it’s getting the job done.”
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The BBC is at it again, pulling my heart strings.

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Coming Soon: The Mega Ultra Super VPS Benchmark Comparo

Not too long ago I pitted Linode and Digital Ocean against each other after hearing about Digital Ocean’s price slashing that brought it in line with Linode’s monthly bills. This got me thinking: only a crazy person would pit seven VPS providers against each other in multiple size categories and see who’s the best.

Who has two thumbs and is crazy?

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Working on a mega VPS benchmark comparison post, this time also including Vultr, MNX, VPSServer.com, Dreamhost, and Lightsail in addition to Digital Ocean and Linode. Any others I should consider?
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Linode vs Digital Ocean: A Three-Round VPS Benchmark Showdown

A few days ago, Digital Ocean announced new pricing tiers for their VPSes (affectionately called Droplets). I’ve been a fan of Digital Ocean’s offerings for a long time. Compared to other popular VPS provider Linode, there seemed like there was only one choice as Digital Ocean’s pricing ran 2x for almost everything.

Now that they’re the same price, I think it’s about time they faceoff in a set of sysbench benchmark tests.

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If you haven’t moved off Google Chrome, yet, you should. Here’s how to get your bookmarks over to Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/import-bookmarks-google-chrome
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I’ve made so many alterations to the underpinnings of my blog over the last few years that a lot of my content has lost its categorization or could be better categorized. This is something I hope to clear up in the next couple weeks.
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“We’re broken people, now…”

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From Matt O’Brien at the Washington Post: If you look at what bitcoin actually does, though, it’s more like digitized nostalgia for a pre-modern past where money was discovered rather than printed, economics was a simple subject where markets never failed, and you never had to trust anyone you didn’t know. It works, then, the way libertarians think things should—which is to say not at all.
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For Micro Monday, I wanted to share a blog I find fascinating and full of nerdy info. Julia Evans of jvns.ca is in my short list for regular reading. If you’re a programmer, this is a must read blog. #micromonday
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Syd Wachs at Raptitude is spot on: “By taking a whole year to go deeper instead of wider, you end up with a rich but carefully curated collection of personal interests, rather than…mostly-dormant infatuations…”
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I’m not kidding! 300! It’s amazing I’ve made that many words over the last 3 years.
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I’m not sure what to do for blog post number 300. So… yeah… this is post number 300!
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On Developing a WordPress Theme

A few weeks ago I started the process of moving this blog over to WordPress from Ghost—and I talked about why I did that in a previous post—so now that I’ve made the change, the next natural step felt like talking about how I developed a theme for the first time.

Yep, I’ve never done this before, and it turned out pretty well… I think.

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I’ve added webmention support to johnathan.org this evening. A good wrap up to the weekend.
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I’m currently negotiating with a mystery person behind Adobe’s Creative Cloud retention team for free months because I’m considering cancelling and I rarely use the service (read: Photoshop). Am I buying a car right now? It feels like it. (“Let me speak with my manager.”)
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When I was working on the current design for johnathan.org, I used Local, a WordPress development environment by the folks at Flywheel. Super easy. I’d recommend it to anyone developing for WordPress in any capacity.
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Thanks to inspiration from @manton, starting tomorrow I’m going to try to spend part of my weekdays at local libraries. KCLS has 49 libraries and some are a great distance, so I’ll have to pare down the list, for sure.
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Johnathan Lyman
Kenmore, WA,
United States
 
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