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.

Manage software package upgrades on Linux with NodeBeagle

NodeBeagle is a centralised management system for Linux devices – workstations, servers or routers. As well as recording key statistics, such as CPU, memory, network and disk usage, NodeBeagle can also keep track of pending updates on supported Linux distributions. It can apply them to one or hundreds of Linux devices in a click – either immediately, or at a scheduled time in the future.

This post introduces the package management features of NodeBeagle.

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Happy New Year! Welcome, 2022…

… we’ve been expecting you. 2021 started with much hope of vaccines to bring an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, alas it wasn’t enough. A year – and three vaccines later – and there is no end yet in sight. Although hospitalisations are steady, despite the rising number of cases of the Omicron variant, so […]

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New version of Simply Remind Me now available

Earlier this week, I gave a sneak preview of version 3 of Simply Remind Me – my free e-mail and simple SMS reminders app. The new version is now live and ready to welcome new and existing users. With the new version, there is also a brand-new website. The site is similar in content as […]

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Sneak Preview of Simply Remind Me, version 3

It’s been four years since the last update to Simply Remind Me – my free e-mail and SMS reminders app. Since the COVID-19 pandemic started in 2020, sign-ups have increased significantly. It’s therefore a perfect time for a refresh and an update. This blog post shows you a preview of the new-look Simply Remind Me […]

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Solid Tools for Developers June 2021 update

It’s been almost 18 months – and a global pandemic – since the last update to Solid Tools for Developers, my suite of free online debugging tools for software developers and system administrators. Today I’ve released a new update to Solid Tools which, unlike the previous update, is more evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Several of the tools received […]

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Upgrading an application from Bootstrap 4 to 5

Over the past few weeks I’ve migrated my website to a new content management system – ExpressionEngine. I took the opportunity to upgrade my website’s front-end technologies to their latest releases – Bootstrap 5 and VueJS 3, for example. This post documents some of the changes I came across migrating Bootstrap 4 to 5. Please […]

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Apple release macOS Big Sur… but can you get it?

Apple today released the biggest update to macOS in recent years. It’s so big in fact, it no longer carries the OS X (version 10) moniker it has carried since the early 2000s. No sur; Big Sur carries an all-new version 11. The OS update clocks in at 12.1GB on my 2016 MacBook Pro – a […]

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Microsoft releases new Edge browser based on Chrome

Announced around a year ago, Microsoft today released their brand-new version of Edge – the default web browser since the Windows 10 release. The new Edge browser is based on Google’s Chromium project. Chromium is the “base” software that Google builds the Chrome browser on. Chrome easily has the biggest market share of all browsers. […]

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Solid Tools for Developers gets a refresh

It’s been over a year since the last update to Solid Tools for Developers – my suite of online tools for developers, system admins and network managers.

Yesterday I published my latest release which gives the suite a fresh makeover and a few improvements to the tools.

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Please don’t let my kids and I cross the road

For my first blog post of 2020, I thought I’d share one of my challenges of being a parent to two boys and a 5-year old Labrador called Mickey: crossing the road.

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