Digital Ocean vs Linode vs Vultr

I like Digital Ocean.  I use it to host cronkd.com.  I don’t have firsthand experience with the other options.

A coworker “Co D” (who’s far more experience than myself) today remarked that Linode and Vultr are better than Digital Ocean.  Asked why, he responded: price, stability history, disk I/O performance, cpu specs, memory performance.  Digital Ocean uses OpenVZ usually which means you’re sharing cpu resources.  Linode/Vulture use KVM/Xen which give dedicated cpu time.

Another coworker “Co T”, the one with whom I partner on hobby project cronkd.com, followed up explaining that he has been moving projects from Digital Ocean to Linode.

Co D recommends Cultr if you’re doing a BSD or uncommon distro.  Linode if you’re doing a common distro (deb, centos, ubuntu, etc).  He’s been hosting various servers for 15 years.

Co D also commented that freebsd is the best server OS and that he’s biased and in the minority in that opinion.  Hi CPS advice is good, his OS choice is questionable.

Terra Cotta

Terra cotta, Italian for “baked earth”, is a brownish-orange, porous ceramic used for flower pots and sculptures of ancient armies, see Terracotta Army.

I re-potted my desk plants and fell in love with terra cotta.

Terra cotta pots are surprisingly light and have a natural beauty. They also visually indicate the moisture levels of their contents. This gives us a gardening superpower equivalent to Super Man’s x-ray vision. Now we can tell if the dirt in the middle or bottom of the pot is still damp, instead of being limited to looking at the surface of the dirt or the plant itself. This helps us avoid mold, rot, over-watering, flooding, and other national disasters. Do yourself a favor and get your green-thumb hands on some terra cotta.