Jamie Sefton | Web Developer

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Christmas for the Homeless

So as you have seen the Christmas adverts have started on TV and the weather has taken a turn for the worst, which means winter is definitely on its way. This year me and my partner are going to be putting a mini project together to try and hel...

So, Bill Gates is emailing me?

So today I got the below email into my spam inbox. Apparently Bill Gates is giving me $5million? If only it was true! I just don't get how these stupid spammers think anyone would actually fall for that. Spam Email Content: Greetings to You ...

My Uber Experience

The last few weeks I have a new favourite App on my phone, and that is Uber! Since taking my first journey a few weeks ago I haven't used any other taxi company. The main reason I like Uber over any other taxi company is purely because of its p...

Where have I been?

So I haven't actually posts in a few months and the main reason has been that I have simply been far too busy. Projects at work have been all go and to add the stress of that I have been very ill the last few months and slowly got worst rather tha...

Stopping website spam

Spam can be a pain for developers and clients. Most spam emails come through from contact forms on a website. These are filled in by automated bots that populate your form with content and then submit it. There are a few ways of stopping spam. ...

How Adobe stopped piracy with CC

It's not really a secret that Adobe software packages have been massively pirated over the past few years. The master collection is CS4, 5 & 6 being the easiest to get your hands on. The issue was that it was very easy to get a copy and then bl...

Could we move to Mars?

It is starting to look like our next home will be Mars. In recent years lots of people have been looking into the possibility of setting up a colony on Mars.  A few years ago I remember reading about a company actively looking for people 50+ wi...

Responsive Email Fail

This is a quick post and mainly a rant. Sadly the victim is ASOS in this example but it's not just them that have this issue. My rant here is people who spend time and money creating mobile email templates / campaigns and yes they look great an...

Asteroids could be fueling stations

After watching another episode of Strip the Cosmos I have yet again started to think of even more possibilities. This weeks episode was about asteroids. It found that many of them carry water which gives the ability to use them to refuel travellin...

Helping the Homeless

On my way home today from work I walked down Briggate by the McDonalds end. There I saw 2 homeless people in the same place that you generally see them. The main difference is that tonight is extremely cold. Whilst walking home I f...

How to stop an Asteroid hitting Earth

To add to my fascination with all things space. I have been watching a few different documentaries about asteroids. The main worry I have is if an asteroid was heading for earth what would we be able to do to stop it. After watching a few thing...

Earth 2.0 (Kepler 186f)

Another planet found by the Kepler telescope is thought to be very similar to Earth. The planet Kepler 186f looks similar to Earth and is thought to have liquid water. This is believed because it is the right distance from it's Sun to for water...

Is AI a threat?

Bill Gates is now warning us about Artificial Intelligence (AI). In recent news he has said that we should be concerned about the risk of creating AI. This contradicts a Microsoft Research Chief. This is followed after an interview with Stephen...

Rasberry Pi 2

The next generation of the Raspberry Pi has been released at a low price of just $35 (£30). The new gen is reported to be six times as powerful as the first Raspberry Pi which now has 1GB RAM and improved processing capabilities. The big buzz o...

House of Cards - Review

SPOILER ALERTS! If you haven't watched the first 2 seasons of House of Cards then stop reading now! So I am a bit of a binge watcher when it comes to TV series. I get so into it that I just watch it back to back. I watched the whole of house...

Fun with 404 pages

I thought I would have a little bit of fun and make a 404 page that is a little bit different that than your standard page. I saw this image and being massively immature I couldn't stop laughing! Go have a look at my 404 page at: http://jami...

SpaceX Concept Video

This video of a how the SpaceX ship will take off and then return each individual part safely back to earth to be used again is rather cool!

RIP Organic Pages Views

Facebook is changing the way pages work for brands and businesses. You will no longer be able to post an update and expect people to actually see it. Facebook is removing the ability for page posts to be seen organically, instead you will now have...

Year in Review

So it's my Birthday... Guess the main thing to write is a little review of the last 12 months. So here it is... In the last year I have graduated, which for me is one of the biggest things in my whole life, as I always wanted to go to uni. S...

To build or not to build?

This was the title of my biggest report I had to write for University. It was originally just about frameworks. The main purpose was to research into whether you should build your own framework, or use one of the current open source ones. Inste...

Fast than light space travel

I recently watched a documentary that looked at Black Holes and what they actually are. In summary, a Black Hole is the heart of a galaxy that is pulling all the different start systems around it. They are the creator's of galaxies and control all...

API Checklist

So I wouldn't class myself as being amazing, but I do aim to become an API guru, and I think I am heaidng in the right direction. So far in my 3 years of web development I worked with lots of different API's for all different clients. One of th...

How to Install ZPanel on Centos VPS

ZPanel is a free server management control panel that allows you to manage various server features without having to enter commands. To find out more about what ZPanel is go to: http://www.zpanelcp.com/ IMPORTANT: ZPanel is not supported on Ce...

Installing Linux, Apache, MySQL & PHP (LAMP) on Centos

Installing Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP also known as a LAMP stack will provide everything you need to get a web server up and running. Once you have this installed you might want to install cPanel or a free alternative such as ZPanel to help you ...

Using Putty to access a server command line

Putty is a free program that is used by a lot of developers to manage their servers through command line.  It offers a lot more, but it's key feature is that it allows you to us SSH to securely connect directly into your server. In order to thi...

Retina Inline Images with srcset

With mobile devices and even now desktop screens becoming retina quality it is becoming important to display higher quality images on the correct screens. Retina quality is generally known as being twice the pixel density of a standard image. So m...

Holding hands still unacceptable

In the video above all they do is hold hands in public. They don't kiss, they aren't acting overly camp. The are just 2 normal men holding hands. Yet they are subject to abuse and looks by the majority of people whilst walking down the street ...

Becoming a drone pilot

As drones become more affordable and have a lot of uses to businesses. I think that being a drone pilot is soon to become a in demand job. The issue so far is that no licence or test is required to fly drones. So how can you really say you're a...

The Future of Cars?

At CES we have seen some amazing developments in the world of technology. But this is by far one of my favourites. The Mercedes-Benz F015 is a concept that might well be the next generation of cars. It features a fully self driving funct...

Drone Beauty

Drones are becoming a hot topic recently. Is it a good thing to have? Or will they be used in the wrong way? Well so far we just don't know what they are going to be used for! The potential to use them to invade someones privacy is an easy poss...