The random thoughts of Andy Heathershaw

I try and blog about things that pique my interest, something I've had difficulty with, or just anything in general that I either want to keep at hand or think may be useful for others to know.

You can therefore find posts covering diverse subjects such as software development/programming, writing and all things Disney.

Take That Wonderland 2017

I was lucky enough to have received tickets for the opening night of Take That’s Wonderland 2017 live tour. The boys played the Genting Arena in Birmingham and were supported by 90s girl group, All Saints. I’ve been a Take That fan since before the breakup. I’ve supported them since the re-formation, the arrival and departure […]

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Simply Remind Me: my first SaaS application

It’s rare for commercial software developers, such as myself, to get to use the software we write. We rely on our users to report problems or suggest new features for the applications we develop. It’s also difficult to try out new technologies or methodologies without having a “real” application to build or experiment on. Just […]

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Server maintenance – 1st/2nd November

My hosting company, Memset Ltd., have advised me they will be performing important maintenance work on their Miniserver platform. This maintenance is to apply critical security patches to the Linux kernel of the physical servers that host the virtual servers like mine – that power this website. It is taking place between 22:00 GMT on 1st November […]

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Walt Disney World to close for Matthew’s arrival

The Walt Disney World resort announced on Twitter earlier today that it will be closing all theme parks, water parks, golf courses, Disney Springs and the ESPN sports complex for hurricane Matthew’s arrival. The closure comes as President Obama declared a state of emergency in 28 Florida counties. Local Governments ordered coastal counties to evacuate, and advised residents in […]

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OneDrive storage is no longer unlimited

… after some people upload too much. “Today, storage limits just became a thing of the past with Office 365.” Julia White, general manager of Office 365 Technical Product Management. 27th October, 2014 Fast forward to November 2015 and storage limits have just become present again. A little over a year after Microsoft announced that […]

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MariaDB 10.1 is Generally Available

The open-source database fork of MySQL, started by MySQL’s original developer – MariaDB – have certified their latest release of the 10.1 series (10.1.8) as Generally Available – i.e. suitable for production use. MariaDB 10.1 is a drop-in, binary replacement for MySQL for those that want a quicker development cycle and don’t want to have their hands […]

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Microsoft launch Windows 10 developer qualification

Microsoft Learning today announced a new Windows 10 developer qualification aimed at software developers who want to target the recently-released Windows 10 universal platform. The qualification is an MCSD (Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer) entitled “MCSD: Universal Windows Platform” and is earned by passing 3 exams.   These exams are: 70-483: Programming in C# 70-354: Universal […]

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