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.


2014 – 2018 Johnathan Lyman. Made with and in Seattle.
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Working on a mega VPS benchmark comparison post, this time also including Vultr, MNX,, Dreamhost, and Lightsail in addition to Digital Ocean and Linode. Any others I should consider?

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:
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.

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.
For Micro Monday, I wanted to share a blog I find fascinating and full of nerdy info. Julia Evans of is in my short list for regular reading. If you’re a programmer, this is a must read blog. #micromonday
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…”

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’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.”)
When I was working on the current design for, 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.
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.

From Ghost to WordPress

I did what I never thought I’d end up doing. Over the last month, I’d been contemplating moving away from Ghost as a blogging platform and back to WordPress. Back in June I moved away from WordPress. My original complaints were related to complexity, bloat, and performance. I felt WordPress was becoming too slow and complicated for a simple blog like this one. I watched as Ghost became a more mature and baked tool so I dove in. Wiring up a design for it was a trivial matter, something I greatly appreciate still. The simplicity in design wasn’t enough to keep me, however, along with a few other reasons.


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Goals for 2018

It’s easy to look back on the last year and realize all the things that never got done… all the habits that were never broken… all the weight that was never lost… the miles never ran… books never read… but what I find truly hard is looking at what the next year should hold and how to keep myself accountable for it all.

Around this time every year I start lofting these wonderful things I want to do high up into the rafters of my brain and telling myself I’ll pull them down when the time is right and it’ll be spectacular. The reality is more along the lines of forgetting half of them and not doing any of them. One of the ways I hope to combat this is paring the list down to known accomplishable goals—things that I’ve probably done in the past that are reusable for this next year.

My list is split up into three categories: writing, personal enrichment, and health. I felt these were the most pertinent for their own reasons and can have the highest overall impact on my wellbeing and course of life in 2018.


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Johnathan Lyman
Kenmore, WA,
United States
blogging, design, technology, software, development, gaming, photography