Setting up and running a server with Ubuntu Server 14.04 on Raspberry Pi 2

The RaspberryPi is something that I’ve always been interested in but never really got around to actually ordering one… until this week! In February the RaspberryPi Foundation released the RaspberryPi 2, this models sports a quad core, 900Mhz ARM7 processor with 1GB of RAM, this is a massive improvement on the previous models so I […]

Other Technology

Set-up your own MineCraft server on FreeBSD 10.1

My daughter (Ruby) has been bugging me to get her MineCraft and so I thought I’d set her up with her own server that we could both play on together so I thought I’d compile this blog post as a quick tutorial on how to set up a MineCraft server on FreeBSD 10.1, hopefully others will find this […]

Apps & OS's

Configure a FreeBSD 10.1 server for hosting Laravel 5.x applications.

In this post I’ll document the installation of a web application hosting environment using FreeBSD 10.1; I will install the core components that will enable you to host a Laravel 4.x/5.x application. In this tutorial I will be using FreeBSD’s pkg tool to install the packages, pkg is similar to the package management tools that […]

Apps & OS's Technology

Configuring a simple web server firewall on FreeBSD 10.1

FreeBSD comes shipped with three software firewalls but personally I found that IPFW is pretty easy to configure and gets the job done nicely. This quick post will help you configure your FreeBSD server protected with the IPFW firewall in just a few minutes. First of all we need to enable the firewall, we do […]


Get nearest places (rows) from MySQL based on a Latitude and Longitude co-ordinate

I’ve recently been developing a C# desktop application for Microsoft Windows that integrates with Microsoft Flight Simulator and Lockheed Martin’s Prepar3d – The software is designed to monitor the landing rate of a user’s aircraft upon landing and then displays this information to the user to aid them perfect their landings whilst flying in the simulated […]

Apps & OS's Linux Technology

How to host a Laravel (4 and 5) application on a VestaCP account.

I wanted to test out VestaCP this week as I’ve heard good things about it and as currently Sentora is missing DKIM signing and various other nice things that Vesta has (and I’ve not got the time to implement them) I thought I’d test it out. Being a primarily a PHP developer, my go-to framework […]

Coding Linux

Enabling anti-aliased fonts in Netbeans

Having recently switched back to Linux on my main development machine I’ve been using my trusty IDE – Netbeans, I noticed however that on Microsoft Windows and Apple OSX Netbeans text is anti-aliased by default but is not the case on my current Linux distrubution (Ubuntu 14.04). So this is a quick post to demonstrate […]


Installing MailCatcher support in Laravel Homestead

Mailcatcher is an awesome tool for capturing emails generated and sent from your application. I’m an avid Laravel fan and recently Laravel released Homestead, Homestead is a pre-configured vagrant box for developing Laravel applications. Previously I had been using Vaprobash for each of my Laravel applications of which had MailCatcher support out of the box […]

Coding Linux Technology

How to create a PHP linux daemon (service)

There are many ways to automate scripts and applications running on Linux, you can obviously create a cron task, that can execute from between a minute to once a year if you wanted there are however other ways in which you can have unattended background tasks execute. Today I will explain how you can create a […]

Coding OSX Technology

How to install Git without having to install Xcode on MacOSX

Today I re-installed one of my Mac’s with the latest version of OSX (my laptop has been using Mavericks for a while so I thought I’d better upgrade my family iMac too!) Anyway, annoyingly, if you download Git for MacOSX from the official Git website ( and install it on your Mac,  you’ll notice that […]