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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
Tesla Reportedly Working on Vans for The Boring Company


Tesla Vans. Tesla is reportedly working on 12 person vans for use in Elon Musk's The Boring Company's tunnels, according to San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman. "Original

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  • Published: Sunday 7th of June 2020 0:07:00
Zuckerberg-funded scientists: Rein in Trump on Facebook


Dozens of scientists doing research funded by Mark Zuckerberg say Facebook should not be letting President Donald Trump use the platform to spread "misinformation and incendiary statements.”

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  • Published: Saturday 6th of June 2020 23:21:00
The tech industry has a terrible track record on diversity. Here's how 17 companies that spoke out against racism this week say they plan to improve.


Tech companies have shared statements of support for protests seeking to end systemic racism, but many struggle to hire and retain people of color.

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  • Published: Saturday 6th of June 2020 15:57:00
Facebook Purges Nearly 200 Accounts Linked to Hate Groups and Schemes to Infiltrate Protests


Facebook has purged nearly 200 accounts on its social media platforms associated with white supremacy groups, some of which pushed members to grab their weapons and crash protests against police brutality,

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  • Published: Saturday 6th of June 2020 21:20:00