馃摳: [@jontyson](https://unsplash.com/@jontyson)

3 Tips for Dealing with Timezones

I find myself interacting online with people from a lot of different timezones. Here鈥檚 a screenshot from an actual page on my phone鈥檚 launcher. Each of these clocks has been needed at some point fairly recently, usually because I鈥檓 scheduling a call with someone in a corresponding timezone. 1 Now, timezones can be notoriously complicated and frustrating to deal with. Because of the above-average amount of interactions between timezones I鈥檝e navigated lately, I wanted to share some of the tips, tricks, and tools I鈥檝e come away with (besides just having a full page of your phone鈥檚 launcher dedicated to clocks 馃槀), in case those tips and tricks might be useful to you too!...

November 21, 2022 路 6 min 路 Josh
馃摳: [@clintnaik](https://unsplash.com/@clintnaik)

Own Your Feed: Save Your Attention (and, maybe, the World?) with RSS

TL;DR: RSS is the best way to follow content online. My feed is here. Try something like Feedly if you鈥檙e new to RSS, though the options for how RSS can make your relationship with online media more healthy and meaningful are countless. It鈥檚 been over 2 years since I got rid of all my social media accounts, and with them, all the attention sucking newsfeeds and updates that came with them....

November 17, 2022 路 18 min 路 Josh
馃摳: [@aaronburden](https://unsplash.com/@aaronburden) (and Homebrew, Nintendo, & Chocolatey, obviously)

Package Managers and Why They're Awesome

In the deep-diving of the esoteric world of technology as I do, I often come across tools which the vast majority of people will never need or make use of. I tend to note those tools and log them away for personal use, as it is not uncommon for weird situations to pop up where I need some ultra-niche tool I鈥檝e stumbled across in the past. Other times, some of those tools I encounter could make a lot of people鈥檚 lives much easier and more convenient....

November 10, 2022 路 6 min 路 Josh

Fixing Wordpress Nginx "502 Bad Gateway" Error After Debian Upgrade

This is a pretty technical post. If most of the words in the title above are gibberish to you, this article likely isn鈥檛 for you. You鈥檒l probably like the other things I鈥檝e written more 馃槃 ) In the spirit of showing my work, here鈥檚 a quick fix to an annoying little upgrade bug I encountered when upgrading a server from version Debian 10 to Debian 11. Immediately after upgrading, the WordPress site that I was hosting (Specifically, the nginx server software WordPress was installed on) started giving a 502 Bad Gateway error:...

November 7, 2022 路 2 min 路 Josh
馃摳: [@john_cameron](https://unsplash.com/@john_cameron)

Why to Stop Using Chrome/Safari/Edge, and What I Recommend Instead

Click Here to jump straight to my recommendation. There鈥檚 a decent chance you鈥檙e reading this post on one of three web browsers: if you鈥檙e an Apple user, you鈥檙e probably on Safari; if you鈥檙e on your Windows PC, you might be using Edge; but, most likely, you鈥檙e on Chrome. If that鈥檚 true, I think you should switch to something else. Here鈥檚 a few reasons why: 1. Monopolistic Practices Make the World and the Internet a Worse Place You might like the game Monopoly, but it鈥檚 worth noting that monopolies in the real world aren鈥檛 great....

October 25, 2022 路 4 min 路 Josh
馃摳: [@zal3wa](https://unsplash.com/@zal3wa)

5-Second Trick for a More Modern LibreOffice

It鈥檚 no secret that I鈥檓 a fan of Free/Libre Open Source Software. With rare exception, all the software I run on my computer is Open Source (Brave, Bitwarden, to name a couple highly valuable and accessible favorites). Similarly, when I help friends and loved ones setup a new digital device, I always try to encourage them towards the free/libre and open source version of a given product, instead of the closed source versions they are normally used to....

September 20, 2022 路 2 min 路 Josh
Photo by [Adam Ay](https://unsplash.com/@ademay)

How to Message Someone on WhatsApp Without Saving Them as a Contact

I鈥檓 not a big fan of WhatsApp. While it does indeed work well as a messaging app, it also feeds into Facebook/Meta鈥檚 technological hegemony, isn鈥檛 open source, tracks who you message and what you do on your phone, and does some other creepy stuff that I鈥檓 not a fan of. But, WhatsApp is also currently the most popular messaging platform in the world, 1 and a majority of people I contact regularly are only reachable through there....

June 13, 2022 路 3 min 路 Josh
Photo by [Szabo Viktor](https://unsplash.com/@vmxhu)

Towards A Peaceful YouTube Experience: The "Improve YouTube!" Browser Plugin, and How I Use It

Lately, every time someone shows me a YouTube video on their computer or phone, I find myself freaking out just a little. The ads, the list of recommended videos, the endless comments鈥 there鈥檚 just so much going on on the screen, and I find myself easily distracted and maybe a bit overwhelmed. In contrast, if you watch a YouTube video on my laptop, you鈥檒l find it to be a much different experience....

April 10, 2022 路 5 min 路 Josh
4 Tools/Tips Everyone needs for a Healthier and Safer Internet

4 Tools/Tips for a Healthier and Safer Internet

Lately I feel like I鈥檝e come to a place with internet and tech usage that I鈥檓 really liking, where I鈥檝e been able to derive great value from what the internet has to offer, while being better at protecting myself from some of its more poisonous elements. Here are a few tools/tips that I鈥檝e found helpful for coming to that place, which I think anyone who uses the internet could benefit from:...

March 10, 2022 路 6 min 路 Josh
Why You Need a Password Manager

You Need a Password Manager

TL;DR: You need a password manager to use the internet safely and efficiently today. I use and recommend Bitwarden. In 2020 there were nearly 8 Billion online accounts compromised by hackers.1 Statistically speaking, at least one of your accounts was probably in that list. Several of mine were. When a hacker compromises an online account, many times the email addresses and passwords of those accounts are among the compromised content. Because many people re-use the same email address and password in many places, when a hacker gets a hold of a user鈥檚 username and password, it is super easy for them to take that username and password and start trying that combination on other online accounts鈥 Like your email, your work accounts, your bank, or other valuable or sensitive accounts....

February 22, 2022 路 6 min 路 Josh