Andy Heathershaw

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

I’m a commercial Microsoft .NET developer and open-source PHP developer based in Tamworth, England. I live with my husband and I’m daddy to a three-year-old Labrador called Mickey.

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

Why I prefer self-hosted Git repositories to Github, Bitbucket, etc.

It’s the year 2018 and it’s impossible for a software developer to have not heard about (or used) Github, or a variant like Bitbucket. Even self-hosted Git evangelist GitLab is a popular choice. I have held a paid-for Github account for a few years now. Github hosts my open-source PHP photo gallery, Blue Twilight. However, […]

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The Great Big Cloud Speed Test 2017

2017 was an exciting year for the bigger players in the cloud hosting arena. Both Linode and DigitalOcean upgraded their network capacity. OVH opened new data centres in Germany and the UK. Bytemark launched an automated backup service for their cloud server platform. My own hosting provider, Memset, launched a new OpenStack region in their […]

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Content Delivery Networks can improve your website’s performance

Content Delivery Networks were created for one reason: to speed up your websites and web applications. In this article, I explore how you can take advantage of Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) to improve your website performance for a small cost.

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Daughtry performs Demons in The Passion

Earlier this week, I couldn’t sleep. So I did what I normally do when I can’t sleep – I watch music videos on YouTube. The first video in my “here’s what YouTube wants you to watch” list caught my eye. I immediately thought I had missed a piece of new music from one of my […]

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Upload photos to Blue Twilight PHP photo gallery from your new iPhone

Buying the new iPhone that Apple will announce today? Interested in photography? Did you know that you can capture a photo and upload it straight into your Blue Twilight photo gallery directly from your new iPhone or iPad device. First Method – direct upload into an album Login to your Blue Twilight photo gallery and […]

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My journey to parenthood – part 2

My second post in a series of articles about James and my adoption journey is our experience of the first day of “prep group training.” You can read part 1 here. A few days ago we turned up at the Halesowen Barnardo’s office for day 1 of three days of prep group training – a […]

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My journey to parenthood – part 1

This series of posts is an insight into the world of adoption from the viewpoint of a same-sex, male couple. I decided to publish our story for a number of reasons: 1) because I’m a private individual and rather than talk to people, sometimes it’s easier to put it into writing. 2) to help others […]

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I like Fridays, and the promises they bring

After I finish work on a Friday, I like to reflect on the week that’s been. Whether it’s in the car on the way home, or with a glass of wine later in the evening, I think about what we* did well, what we could do better – and what was just a complete disaster. […]

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Posting to social media? Why timing is everything

Earlier this month, myself and James went to see Take That play the opening night of their Wonderland tour in Birmingham, and I learnt an important lesson when posting to social media. It was a a great gig and I took lots of photos for my gallery. Like most people, I used the power of social […]

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“Explosions” at Manchester Arena following Ariana Grande concert

A reported 19 concert-goers attending an Ariana Grande gig in Manchester have been killed following an explosion in a foyer area within the arena. Greater Manchester Police are treating the incident as terrorism. Transport links in and out of Manchester are disrupted, with Manchester Victoria station evacuated and trains not arriving or leaving this station. […]

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