Welcome to Andy Heathershaw

Welcome to the personal website and blog of software developer – Andy Heathershaw.

I’m a commercial Microsoft .NET developer and open-source PHP developer based in the West Midlands, England. I live with my husband and I’m daddy to a nine-year-old Labrador called Mickey and two growing boys.

Check out About Andy Heathershaw to read more about me, or browse my blog posts below.

  • Touring Fasthosts’ new Worcester data centre

    If I had a bucket list, this would be on it.

    Last week I had the privilege of being invited to tour the new Fasthosts / IONOS data centre here in the Midlands (Worcester) and I jumped at the chance.

    I got to see “back stage” of the purpose-built facility where Fasthosts build and host the 10,000+ servers that power the company’s web and email hosting, CloudNX and virtual server platforms, and dedicated/bare metal servers.

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  • Upgrading to Fedora Linux 39

    The Fedora Linux project this week released their latest incarnation: Fedora Linux 39.

    It is available for download now in the core Workstation, Server, Cloud and IoT flavours.

    This article explains how to upgrade a previous version, such as Fedora 38, to the latest release.

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  • Re-imagineering the event in Simply Remind Me

    Rapidly approaching 500 new users this year, my free email and simple text message reminder app – Simply Remind Me – is earning a loyal following in the world.

    In July, I had 131 new users that have signed up in 2023.  As of today, I’ve trebled this to 466.

    All of these new users are bringing great suggestions and feedback – particularly from a competitor’s service that stopped working earlier this year.

    I’m rolling all this feedback and suggestions into a complete overhaul of the “event experience” which I’m excited to preview today.

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  • Simply Remind Me’s Year in Numbers

    I’ve added a new feature to the website for Simply Remind Me – my free email and simple text reminder app. The website now shows live statistics, read directly from the Simply Remind Me platform.

    The statistics show the number of new users, events created, reminders sent and the number of unique timezones the app has users registered in – since the start of 2023.

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  • Simply Remind Me April 2023 update

    I’ve today released a major new version of my free email reminder app and simple text and phone call reminder app, Simply Remind Me.

    This release has been nearly 4 months in the making and introduces some new features I’m excited to deliver to you, and some important bug fixes.

    This article describes the new features and enhancements that are now live in Simply Remind Me.

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  • New credit pricing for Simply Remind Me

    It seems like everyone is suffering from rising costs and unfortunately my applications are no exception. My payment gateway is raising their fees for both UK and international cards, which means I’ve had to rethink my pricing for Simply Remind Me – my free email reminder app and simple text and call reminder app.

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  • Hello OctoberCMS and Laravel. Goodbye WordPress.

    This article – along with the rest of my website here at andysh.uk – is now being served from OctoberCMS.

    OctoberCMS is a proprietary content management system built on the amazing Laravel PHP framework. This is a significant change for me both personally, and technically, for 2 key reasons.

    Read on to find out more about OctoberCMS and Laravel.

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  • Disney Parks to close for Hurricane Ian

    In the worsening weather conditions reminiscent of Hurricane Matthew, back in October 2016, Disney Parks in Florida are closing again.

    This time, they are closing the Disney theme parks and water parks two days for Hurricane Ian, starting tomorrow, September 28th.

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  • Fasthosts VPS: an honest Review

    I have hosted my website and applications on a Fasthosts VPS since September 2019. Each year, I have upgraded my VPS to a current model.

    What has kept me hosting with Fasthosts for nearly 3 years, and confident in their services that I can recommend them to others?

    This article answers those questions and dives into the Fasthosts VPS product to create an honest review from a real, current customer.

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  • The official photograph of Queen Elizabeth II released by The Royal Family

    God bless, Your Majesty

    It is with great sadness the Royal Family today announced the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

    She died peacefully this afternoon at her beloved holiday home in Balmoral.

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