My servers are now running PHP 7.3 across the board πŸ”₯

I will follow this up with an incident report by email with full details of today's events.

If you have any questions or concerns in the meantime please don't hesitate to get in touch.

We're back folks!

I'm now going to check out each site individually to make sure that everything is working as it should be, but it should be business as usual from here on out.

Most of the work is now done. There may be a short amount of downtime now to allow some clean snapshots to be taken and for some servers to be scaled.

I will do my best to avoid any disruption to services. I have already spoken directly to everyone who is likely to be affected this morning, so if you haven't heard from me it should be business as usual.

However, if anyone has any concerns or questions please get in touch.

FAO anyone who is hosting with me: I have been informed this morning that the company who manages some of my infrastructure will cease trading in the next 24 hours.

As a consequence of this I will be migrating a few hosting accounts over to new servers today.

Huge milestone today delivering my first training day on Laravel and Vue. Was brilliant. Turns out training is super fun, who knew?! Definitely losing my voice. Definitely going to do more of this.

Pub? 🍻

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"If you work on the web in any capacity, accessibility is your job."
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Just testing the waters: Are there any people in (staffordshire) that would like to learn how to take control of their online identity? To have and control their own website instead of relying on data-mining companies like Twitter / Facebook / Google etc?

Monty also has a son, Max, and a second daughter - Maria

Monty's first daughter is named "My", and MySQL is named for her.


Swedish and Finnish share the latin1_swedish_ci collation anyway (though it seems there is some disagreement on whether this is how things should be on both sides), and as such the default was set and hasn't changed to this day.

The main author of the original version of the open source MySQL database is Michael "Monty" Widenius. Monty was born in Finland and co-founded MySQL AB (roughly the Swedish equivalent of "MySQL Ltd."), a Swedish company, in 1995.

I was wondering why MySQL defaults to the latin1_swedish_ci collation and fell down a little bit of a rabbit hole, some of which I will now share with you.

Two friends of mine are currently driving a motorbike with sidecar through the Siberian winter. It's -30°C before wind chill 😐

Go give them some support:


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