Month: November 2015

Using s3 storage in Laravel

Getting Amazon S3 storage working in Laravel has caused me a few headaches today, so I thought I’d blog about how I got it working for others (and future reference for myself!).


Blocking the Big Bad Bots!

One of our sites recently was running out of bandwidth every 5-10 minutes, a quick look at the stats showed vast amount of traffic from bots/spiders, not necessarily bots that would be useful for us either!


When is a backup not a backup?

It sounds like a bad joke doesn’t it? However the punchline isn’t funny at all.

You really don’t want to be on the receiving end when your backup procedure fails to give you the information you need, just when you need it most.


“Design / Code for Free”

I’m a little bit late with this post (the video has been floating around for a while), but only because I wanted to put some thought around it first.

“Design for Free!” If you saw that you’d think there was a catch, or at least I hope you would (there’s a lot of people that wouldn’t!). Yet in the tech industries we’re often asked to do exactly that.


A Hack and Recovery – A Tale of Outdated Software

I’m constantly telling people to run the most current version of the scripts they run on their websites and it’s for a very good reason.

As well as doing development I spend a good percentage of my time doing rescue missions on websites that have been subjected to some form of hack.


Hello world!

This wouldn’t be a geek blog without the obligatory “Hello World!” so here it is….