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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
Apple’s new Mac Pro can cost $52,000. That’s without the $400 wheels


Apple Inc. started selling its new Mac Pro desktop computer on Tuesday, complete with eye-watering pricing options that can push the cost north of $50,000. The new machine, built in Austin, Texas, after Apple got tariff relief from the Trump administration, starts at $5,999 for specifications that some programmers, video editors, and ...

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  • Published: Wednesday 11th of December 2019 20:03:00
Windows dressing: Microsoft’s latest holiday ‘ugly sweater’ soft-wear pays tribute to XP


Microsoft seems to have rebooted a holiday idea from last season and is bringing back some “ugly sweater” soft-wear that pays homage to its classic software. In a tweet on Wednesday, Tom Warren, a senior editor at The Verge, showed off the multicolored treads, and the box they came in, featuring the Windows XP logo. The box was labeled ...

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  • Published: Wednesday 11th of December 2019 23:36:00
Here are some actual facts about George Church’s DNA dating company


On 60 Minutes last Sunday, geneticist George Church made a passing comment about a genetic dating app his lab was developing that he said could wipe out inherited disease. A dating app that matches users based on DNA? George Church argues this could solve ...

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  • Published: Wednesday 11th of December 2019 23:20:00
Photos: San Jose’s 40th annual Christmas in the Park


Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Click to print (Opens in new window) The annual Christmas in the Park is currently open for its 40th year. The display features a 50-foot artificial tree with a computer-controlled, music ...

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  • Published: Wednesday 11th of December 2019 23:00:00