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.


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.


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.

Johnathan Lyman
Kenmore, WA,
United States
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