Hosted on WebFaction

This site is now hosted on WebFaction1 (if you’re seeing this post, you’re on the new server). Hooray for DNS propogation!

WebFaction was one of the hosts recommended to me. I tested it and a handful of other hosts today, going through the account creation process, the process of setting up multiple sites and databases, and speed testing the results. WebFaction’s control panel made the website set-up and management process easy and still gave me the sort of control and access I wanted but took me off the hook for server security patches, etc.

My testing indicates the site is loading much faster than it was on the previous Linode box, but if that isn’t the case for you (or if you see some other issue) I’d like to hear about it. Thanks!

  1. That’s an affiliate link – I get some kind of kickback if you sign up using that link. 

Nightly Charging Means No Sleep Tracking

As I plugged in my Garmin VivoSmart this morning for a couple of hours to give it its week-long plus battery cycle it occurred to me: if I had to take this off every night to charge it I wouldn’t be able to track my sleep the way I do now. 

Something to think about given the daily-charge battery cycle predicted for the Apple Watch.

Hosting Recommendation?

I need to transfer my sites to a new web host. Having been out of the web hosting shopping arena for some time now, I could use a little advice.

My main traffic site is this one (~30-40k pageviews/month) which is a WordPress powered site. I also have several other PHP apps installed on this site, so I’d prefer not to go to a WP-specific host.

Further, I have several smaller sites I need to transfer as well and they are a mix of WP-powered and “other” web apps.

I’d like to find a host that makes it easy for me to add new domains/sites under a single umbrella account (with shared resource limits) as I have new ideas, with easy SSH/SFTP access, Git client, and phpMyAdmin or equivalent for easy maintenance. I should also note that these are personal sites and pet projects – I have neither a big budget nor expensive needs for these sites.

Do you host somewhere (or are you a host) that meets my requirements? Please let me know in the comments.

Web developers that prevent1 pasting into password fields can die in a fire.

  1. For normal people that don’t hack the DOM using the inspector. 

JSONView for Firefox →

The document is formatted, highlighted, and arrays and objects can be collapsed. Even if the JSON document contains errors, JSONView will still show the raw text.

Yes, I still use Firefox as my development browser. I’m comfortable with my dinosaur status.

What is your recommended mouse these days? My rechargeable Logitech Performance MX is driving me nuts by doubling ~75% of my clicks.

My Yesterbox Gmail Setup →

I really like this approach to email. Thankfully I don’t have to deal with the volume of email I used to, but if it ever approaches that level again I’m going to give this a shot. It is easy to replicate in with a smart folder and a second window.

To: Family & Friends

Date: February 13, 2015

Subject: Clinical Trial Progress / CT Scan Results

Hi Everyone, I got some good news yesterday when I went in for treatment. The results from my CT scan earlier this week show a significant reduction in size of my abdominal lymph nodes and with the nodules in/around my liver. There is some minor growth in the nodules in my lungs, but these are…


Designing Twitter Video →

I love in-depth pieces like this. A lot of TLC went into this feature and it feels nice to use (although when I launched the official Twitter client to check it out I actually had trouble finding it – click into the photo/camera, then you can switch to video).

It’s Top Down Weather


This was from a drive at the end of January; I thoroughly enjoyed getting to put the top down in 2015 long before I expected to. It’s warm and beautiful in Denver this week as well – I am not complaining.

Filed under “I guess you can get used to anything”, drinking the oral contrast for my CT scan doesn’t seem so bad today.