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Move Over Express VPN; Make Way for SurfShark VPN

If you follow my blog even a little, you probably already know that I write a fair bit about VPNs. For years, I used a self-hosted VPN (Pritunl). And, that worked wonderfully – until certain streaming sites (hint: Netflix and Amazon Prime) started banning IP addresses owned by DigitalOcean and other hosting platforms. Since 2018, and until just recently, I have been a loyal Express VPN customer and fan. However, I now no longer use Express VPN and have made the switch to SurfShark VPN. In this post, I would like to explain the reasoning behind my decision to switch …

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Get $100 Free DigitalOcean Credit

One thing that you might notice about my site is that there is absolutely no advertising. Why? Well, I just don’t like it. I think that bloggers should write because they like to write, not because they are trying to ride the Google Gravy Train. I do, however, like free DigitalOcean credit that I can use to host this site and other projects I work on. So…. If you don’t already have one, I encourage you to use my referral link to sign up for a free DigitalOcean account now. If you do use my referral link to sign up, …

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Create an Amazon Lightsail Server in 5 Minutes

If you follow my posts (even a little,) you know I’m a big fan of quick and easy virtual private servers, such as the virtual “droplets” over at Digital Ocean. I also use other virtual server hosts such as Vultr and Linode as well. All three services do a great job of allowing you to spin up virtual servers in a matter of minutes, and do so at very reasonable prices. In the past, I have kind of steered away from Amazon AWS, as I found their EC2 platform convoluted, a mess to navigate, and (more importantly) expensive. Not to …

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