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Hi there! I'm Shane and I'm a web developer based in Nottingham, England. That's me on the right (the guy in the hat, not the 7 year old girl - that's my daughter).

I built this site as a fun side project in my spare time. I enjoy writing tutorials and tech related articles so that's mostly what you'll find here.

I'm always looking for fun projects to get involved in and I'd love to get more involved in open source. If you have an open source project and would like an extra pair of hands, please do let me know!

Enjoy the site!

me

Things I've Written

Sometimes I write stuff down. Sometimes it even makes sense.


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What is the Momo Challenge and is it real?
What is the Momo Challenge and is it real?

Social media has gone mad over the last week with photos of a creepy looking woman who apparantly tries to get kids to commit suicide. We'll look into Momo and how to keep kids safe on the internet.


Published On: Friday 1st of March 2019 11:08:07


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Configuring Ubuntu, Windows and SSH
Configuring Ubuntu, Windows and SSH

Coming from developing mainly on a Mac, setting up my Windows dev machine was an interesting experience. This guide reminds me how I set up SSH using Putty and Digital Ocean


Published On: Sunday 27th of January 2019 17:58:31


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Using Eloquent with Laravel
Using Eloquent with Laravel

Eloquent provides a nice and easy way to define the relationships between the models in your application. Learn how to define relationships and query MySql through Eloquent models.


Published On: Wednesday 23rd of January 2019 18:34:57


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Speeding up Laravel with Redis
Speeding up Laravel with Redis

Caching is awesome when used where needed and can make Laravel go much faster. We'll call an API and cache the result using Redis.


Published On: Monday 14th of January 2019 23:05:07


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Creating PDF's with Laravel
Creating PDF's with Laravel

We'll use Laravel and Mpdf to generate a voucher code PDF.


Published On: Saturday 12th of January 2019 15:15:46


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Adding Composer to Vagrant with Ansible
Adding Composer to Vagrant with Ansible

Adding a Composer installation to your Vagrant box by using Ansible.


Published On: Thursday 10th of January 2019 17:48:09


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Laravel and Google ReCAPTCHA v2
Laravel and Google ReCAPTCHA v2

Adding a Google ReCAPTCHA to your Laravel form is easy to do and protects it from bots.


Published On: Thursday 10th of January 2019 17:45:40


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Sending Emails with Sendgrid and Laravel - Tutorial
Sending Emails with Sendgrid and Laravel - Tutorial

Sending emails with Laravel and Sendgrid is super easy and unless you're sending more than 25,000 emails a month, it's completely free! Boom!


Published On: Tuesday 8th of January 2019 21:37:10


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Free Web Development tools!

Free software and tools are always welcome - So I made a list thing.


Find free and useful tools without having to go to a million different pages first.

Gimme Free Stuff!

Things I've made

Little projects I've built in my spare time.


Games List Logo
Games List

A React.js and Laravel based application for creating video game wish lists.

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Shane's Pokedex Logo
Shane's Pokedex

A fun Pokedex application built in Laravel. Uses the PokeApi to search for and show results.

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Shane's React Translate App Logo
Shane's React Translate App

A first attempt at coding with React.js. Uses the Microsoft Translator Text API 3.0.

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My News Wordpress Plugin Logo
My News Wordpress Plugin

A Wordpress plugin for querying the Bing Search API from the Wordpress Admin Screen.

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Lowkey.gg, a new service for adult gamers, throws a League of Legends tournament that we tried out


LIVE VIDEO: Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to supporters. Click to watch full coverage … Teens won millions of dollars in video game competitions in 2019, and they're set to do it again this year. Last year, the oldest finalist in the most competitive rounds of the "Fortnite" World Cup was only 24 years old, despite the World Cup ...

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  • Published: Sunday 23rd of February 2020 0:49:00
Facebook Quietly Cuts Off Sensitive Ad Data Before It Can Get Cambridge Analytica'd Again


A good rule of thumb is to be skeptical of the privacy-forward changes Facebook touts to the public, and to deeply interrogate any of the quieter changes it rolls out behind the scenes since those—surprisingly—often mark the real efforts that the company’s taking to be a little bit less of an invasive shitshow. In the latest change ...

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  • Published: Saturday 22nd of February 2020 20:56:00
WhatsApp users cross 2 billion, second only to Facebook


(Reuters) - Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp said on Wednesday it has amassed 2 billion users, becoming the second social media platform in the world to hit that milestone. WhatsApp did not specify how it calculated the number of users, but said it had 500 million users in 2014, when Facebook Inc bought the mobile-messaging startup for $19 ...

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  • Published: Saturday 22nd of February 2020 21:04:00
Santander, intel contractor L3Harris Technologies drawn into Apple vs Corellium battle [u]


A new development in the Apple versus Corellium legal battle has drawn two high-value private companies — L3Harris Technologies and Santander Bank —into the fight for using the iPhone virtualization software in question. Corellium software virtualizes iOS and lets researchers look for vulnerabilities Apple subpoenaed the companies to hand ...

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  • Published: Saturday 22nd of February 2020 18:43:00