A Wolf in London

and elsewhere

How an American Expat Found Richmond upon Thames

I write this to share our experience and maybe help some other expats who are wondering where to find a place in London. I'm not writing this for young students or those relocating on virtually no budget or simply looking for a new life experience. Taking on a bold adventure when you are broke,…


Park Your US Mobile Phone and Forward Calls Abroad

Of all the things I was worried about when we relocated to the UK for my work, was what to do with my long held US mobile phone number (and my espresso machine, but that is another story). I knew that I would get a UK SIM card with a new mobile number, but I did not want to lose my US number. I…


Moving From Shared Hosting to a VPS

It was time to get off shared hosting. I had been using the same shared hosting service for many years, and for the most part it worked just fine. The service was easy and fast - enough - and the hosting cPanel had lots of nifty widgets. But I was also stuck with whatever software versions the…


Lightweight PHP MySQL Session Handler

Note: Version 1.2 was released as of June 21, 2016. Managing session state across a stateless protocol like HTTP has its challenges. PHP has a native session handler, and is easy to use, but I wanted something that persisted to the (MySQL) database. CodeIgniter has a great session class that uses a…


Slim 3 Custom Not Found Handler and Template 2 Comments

I have been using the Slim micro-framework (version 2) for small web projects for some time now. Now that Slim version 3 is out, I thought I would give it a try on a new project. Slim 3 is new, like shiny new, and I found it is also very different from version 2. It's more like learning a new…