Andrew McCombe


Magento Certified Website Developer

Great deal on Laracasts – even if you’re already subscribed

For Thanksgiving (a holiday that we don’t have here in Britain), Jeffrey Way is giving away a coupon code on Laracasts for 40% off subscriptions. And if – like me – you’re already a subscriber you can also get 40% off your next bill too!


20 years of PHP #20yearsofphp

On 8th June 1995, Rasmus Lerdorf announced the release of Personal Home Page Tools Version 1.0. To celebrate the 20th anniversary, Ben Ramsey has asked the PHP community to share their PHP experiences and share them on Twitter using the hashtag #20yearsofphp.

Here’s my story.


Using a Standing Desk for Work: Week 1

Its been a week since my post last week, “Using a standing desk for work: Day 1” so I thought I’d write a update.


Using a Standing Desk for Work: Day 1

We’ve been toying with the idea of using a standing desk for work quite a while after we had read about them on the internet. The benefits of using them are still unproven but after experiencing back-ache, abdominal issues and muscular pain I tried using a makeshift setup to see if using a standing desk for work would improve things.


Raspberry Pi with XBMC, Composite-Video and PAL

Tonight I have set up my Raspberry Pi with XBMC, S-Video and PAL mode. There were a couple of hurdles to get over but it’s working fine now.


Zend Framework Elephants available for pre-order – and they’re GREEN!

That’s right! Ben Scholzen AKA DASPRiD has a limited quantity of Zend Framework Elephants available for pre-order – and they’re GREEN! Instead of the familiar blue elePHPant that we’re used to, the ZF ones will be green!. You can pre-order yours from the link below. Small elePHPant are 7€ each and large ones are 70€ […]


Hack to play minesweeper on Amazon Kindle

Did you know that you can use your Amazon Kindle to play a minesweeper game?


Amazon Kindle white screen of death/crash issue (and how to fix it)

Whilst the Kindle is an excellent device, I have experienced a blank ‘white screen of death’. Here’s how to solve it.


Portsmouth Tilt Shifted

Here’s a picture of the dockyard at Portsmouth I took from the top of Spinnaker Tower.  I’ve experimented with tilt shifting and think the result is pretty good.


Google Images colour filtering

Google now have a colour palette filter system on their Google Images search pages.  For example, I now don’t have to search for ‘yellow Ferrari’, I can just search on ‘Ferrari’ and then select the colour I want.  Cool huh?