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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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Latest Tech News
The latest technology related news results provided by the Bing Search Api
Facebook’s massive fake numbers problem


At first glance, Amy Dowd’s Facebook account appears perfectly normal. There is a smiling profile picture of a young woman surrounded by autumnal leaves and the date that she began a new job at Southeast Missouri State University. But look more closely and things begin to seem strange. Unlike most 29-year-olds, Amy has no friends, no ...

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  • Published: Monday 18th of November 2019 23:44:00
Snap CEO Evan Spiegel says that Snapchat fact-checks political ads: 'We don't allow things like misinformation to appear in that advertising'


Snap CEO Evan Spiegel said the company reviews political ads on its platforms, striking middle ground between Facebook and Twitter.

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  • Published: Monday 18th of November 2019 23:28:00
Chrome, Safari, Edge, Office 365 Hacked During Chinese Contest—But iPhone 11 Attack Fails


According to the organisers, a total bonus of $1 million has been put up “to deliver a feast of cyber security technologies.” And the leading hackers from the world’s leading hacker nation have not disappointed. Last year saw the inaugural TFC which ...

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  • Published: Tuesday 19th of November 2019 0:00:00
Huawei handed another 90-day temporary reprieve by US


Three months after the United States handed over an extension to Huawei, the Department of Commerce has given another temporary license to the Chinese telecommunications equipment giant. "The Temporary General License extension will allow carriers to continue to service customers in some of the most remote areas of the United States who would ...

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  • Published: Monday 18th of November 2019 23:45:00