I am Desmond Lua

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Do 6 things in 12 Months

Desmond Lua updated 2018-01-09T02:39:05.026890
  • ETA: in 2 months
  • Progress: 6 / 6
After working a few years on the same project without meaningful adoption, perhaps it's time to explore various ideas to give new perspective to me and my projects. Besides, a new year is a perfect time for a crazy new start.

I was tempted to try 12 apps in 12 months, but that would leave no time for development and maintenance of ongoing projects. I anticipated I would get to actually spend one month per project (if lucky).

There is no such thing as good idea, safe idea or stupid idea, just ideas we are interested and willing to try. The real outcome may only be revealed once we implement the idea, and failures by others doesn't mean the idea will not work this time. That's the mystery and charm of an unknown idea.

Let 2018 be a crazy year of app making.

What I'm doing now

PixPin: Photo at places

Desmond Lua updated 2018-10-16T14:28:04.095867
A very simple app to share photos on location, and discover interesting places and things near you (or far away).
  • Desmond Lua posted 2018-10-16T14:28:03.411839
    Week #1 Sprint
    - Fix set location bug
    - Save location even if inaccurate, warn user of inaccuracy
    - Allow set location from feed
    - Detect address if not already available
    - Show DateTime in feed
    - New Layout: List (Compact) and List (Full)
    - Remember last layout
    - When click on Pin, show Full image view and transparent toolbar
    - After set location for 1 Pin, remember last location for next pin

LuaPass: Secure Password Manager (Offline)

Desmond Lua updated 2018-10-04T05:03:07.846718
Have been storing my password in an "encrypted form" using online storage app, probably not the best long-term practice.

I am learning Kotlin and Android's latest Architecture Components, so I build this app to put my learning into actual practice.

Try LuaPass: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.luasoftware.luapass

Lua Software Code: A HOWTO blog for programmer

Desmond Lua updated 2018-10-04T05:01:38.099005
I have multiple text files with short technical notes on how to do various things (things I might easily forget). Perhaps creating a blog to keep those note shall be more organized with better documentation; an online repository also means less likely to loose those notes again.

I might be too busy or lazy to create a blog of technical tutorials (it does slow down my programming), but those notes are meant for myself (I treat them as documentation), then I am slightly more motivated to do it.

One of the reason many online tutorial sucks is because the author didn't really use the tech in production, thus I shall only document about tech I used and the problems I faced.

Besides, since I did google for a lot of answer online on a daily basis, perhaps it's time to contribute back into the information pool.

Lua Software Code: https://code.luasoftware.com/

PS: Thanks Boo for giving me the idea, else I will probably would not do this.

#blog
  • Desmond Lua posted 2018-10-04T05:05:27.961931
    Lua Software Code Update - Sep 2018:

    🔥 4 new tutorials
    📝 14 new howtos and code snippets
    🎯 557 total posts
    👧 32,611 visitors per month (Up 13% from last month)

Tech Job Finder

Desmond Lua updated 2018-09-03T04:49:48.194350
- Find jobs near you
- Browse job by tech stack
- Statistics
  • Desmond Lua posted 2018-09-03T04:49:37.865520
    After going through tech job posting for last 30 days, the task to process/clean/tag the postings seems to out weight the benefits gained.

    As a job finder, the important thing I look for are
    - Culture/Product of the company
    - Salary and Tech Stack of the job post

    The current job boards are not perfect, but the search feature is adequate enough to filter keywords I am looking for. As for quality of company and job, this is not something a job board could solve. As for processing each posting to offer a more structured data, it is nice but would not be very helpful.

    I would stop this project as for now.

Travel Blog Reader

Desmond Lua updated 2018-10-04T05:02:27.283493
Discover travel blog articles by locations ;)

FlowRabbit: Task management with time tracking for solo makers

Desmond Lua updated 2018-10-04T05:03:20.652516
Main features
- Designed for solo makers
- Productivity Tracking: Integrated Pomodoro timer and productivity reporting to measure your time spent projects and type of work; also highlight your productive days/hours.
- Enhanced Kanban Board: a more flexible kanban board which support task grouping and expandable checklist. Includes widgets to show quick project status and Pomodoro reporting.

I have been using KanbanFlow (not the best UI, but it works) for a few years and notice it lacks some features I would love to have. Trello, Asana, Ora, ZenKit and Airtable are good products in their own ways, just not suited for what I have in mind. I run the risk of developing a product for myself only, so I should explore if others find this product useful for them.

Preview: https://flowrabbit.com/

WhatIDoNow: Making a website to update what I am doing now

Desmond Lua updated 2018-10-04T05:03:30.490625
Originally I wanted to build an app to showcase "things I am working on now", inspired by Derek Sivers' now page (https://sivers.org/nowff). I am also curious about what other people are working on, thinking it would be cool to have a website where people share the things they are making and inspire each other to keep making.

As I develop the app further, I realize the app is quite useful to help me keep track of progress. I can now backtrack the updates and thought process from inception until now, and time spent on each updates. Starting is the easy part, being motivated to work on it consistently is the hard part. I am planning to build in reminders and gamification to motivate me to keep shipping.

Let me know what do you think 🤔. Drop me an email at whatidonow@luasoftware.com or ping me at https://twitter.com/d_luaz
  • Desmond Lua posted 2018-03-10T16:47:45.866740
    Experiment with marketing WhatIDoNow through sharing on IndieHackers and Reddit with about 10+ signups and 4 active users so far. Created @LoveWhatIDoNow twitter account to share products, arts, and DIY things build by others. Have a long way to learn about marketing.