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ReactJS Firebase Blogging Application

Posted in General Updates on Feb 04, 2017

I have just released a dev branch of my first ReactJS application which utilises Firebase database. If you are looking to build ReactJS application, then I encourage you to clone my repo and create any PRs which you think will be helpful towards the project. You can also preview my ReactJS blogging app here and please let me know what you think of it.

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How to motivate yourself to lose weight or become more healthy when working 9-5 in an office

Posted in Health and Fitness on Jan 08, 2017

We are now into the new year (Happy New Year everyone) and usually at this time, everyone is looking to either lose weight, or become more healthy or even a combination of the two. As a Web Developer who has been in the field for just shy of 4 years, I think I have found a good way to keep myself motivated to becoming fit and healthy and would like to share it with you in the hopes you too can become more healthy. Within this industry, it's very hard to want to do anything before or after working hours and I also felt this way for a very long time. About a year ago, I started dieting with my fiance to partially support her for her weight loss, but also because I felt like I too was overweight.

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Plans for the new year

Posted in General Updates on Dec 26, 2016

I never do the "New year, New me" bullshit, I have always believed that the end of the year is a time to reflect what we have done over the past few years and what we can improve upon for the new year to come.

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Windows 10 Creative Update Event Overview

Posted in Technology/Gadgets on Oct 29, 2016

Thursday night I sat watching the Windows 10 event, and I have to say, they blew everyone away...

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Joe Wicks - The Shape Plan (Book 2) Review

Posted in Health and Fitness on Oct 27, 2016

EAT MORE. BUILD MUSCLE. BURN FAT. Lean in 15: The Shape Plan introduces a new way of eating and training to build lean muscle and burn more fat. Joe Wicks, aka The Body Coach, has helped hundreds of thousands of people transform their bodies and feel amazing. In the Shape Plan, he shares 100 delicious recipes and four new workouts to take your fitness to the next level. Are you ready to start your transformation and get Lean in 15?

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Joe Wicks - The Shift Plan (Book 1) review

Posted in Health and Fitness on Oct 21, 2016

EAT MORE, EXERCISE LESS AND LOSE FAT 'This isn't a strict diet - it's a lifestyle that will transform your body and the way you eat forever. Once I teach you how to fuel your body properly, you will never need to follow a low-calorie diet again.' In his first book, Joe Wicks, aka The Body Coach, reveals how to SHIFT your body fat by eating more and exercising less. Lean in 15 features 100 recipes for nutritious, quick-to-prepare meals and guides you through Joe's signature HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) home workouts - revealing how to combine food and exercise to ignite intense fat-burning. The thousands of amazing body transformations Joe's clients have achieved prove that his method works. Now you too can learn how to eat in line with your energy demands every day. With recipes divided into 3 sections - Reduced-Carbohydrate, Post-Workout Carbohydrate-Refuel, and Snacks - and top tips for 'Prepping Like A Boss', Lean in 15 provides a plan for sustainable fat loss that will inspire you to keep your body healthy, strong and lean - forever.

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Goodbye Microsoft Band 2, hello Fitbit Surge

Posted in Technology/Gadgets, Health and Fitness on Oct 19, 2016

6 months ago, I had been given a Microsoft band 2 as a loving birthday present. I thought it was a great device which had so many great features, but unfortunately the wear and tear of the device eventually let it down.

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The power of AI and bots

Posted in Technology/Gadgets on Aug 31, 2016

<p>I have started seeing the sudden increase in AI and bots and I am so excited to see where this is heading. First we had Microsoft introduce Tay the Twitter AI which unfortunately saw it's demise when it got turned into a racist drug dealer. Tay displayed just how powerful their AI could be even if it turned against the rules set to keep it at bay.</p> <p>Next, we saw Microsoft give a centralised API for Microsoft apps which is a pretty neat. Then Facebook decided we need to chat to robots in order to find what we need and when we want it. This is another API which businesses can tap into and again, i...</p>

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Social Network API update

Posted in Programming Tutorials on Aug 30, 2016

<p>Last time I updated you guys on this, I only had a list of ideas and how it would initially pan out. I have now started the project and published the repo onto GitHub (which can be <a href="https://github.com/Michael-Brooks/social-api">found here</a>).</p> <p>If you would like to contribute then I would whole heartedly appreciate any contributions, pull requests or feedback on the project. I must warn you guys that it is literally just started, but so far I have implemented Dingo and JWT tokens as part of the API.</p> <p>You can also find my todo list publicly available through <a href="https://trello.com/b/gGSRijjW/social-app-api">Trello</a>. You can see what I would like to be done, what needs testing and what has been c...</p>

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Create a Raspberry Pi 3 Bluetooth tag

Posted in Programming Tutorials on Aug 09, 2016

I found this https://www.raspberrypi.org/magpi/create-a-raspberry-pi-3-bluetooth-tag/ to be a really nice starting project for my newly purchased Pi 3. However, I did run into a few problems which I will address in this Blog post. You can pretty much follow either this post, or the MagPi one, but my post will address any issues I had when following their tutorial. So to start, they requested I find the Mac address for both my phone and PC. I followed their advice for looking on my phone, but the Mac address was long and full of dashes which looking at the Python script is not what they want. Instead, I used the Pi to search for my phone on Bluetooth and find the Mac address using the following in Terminal...