I am Desmond Lua

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Do 6 things in 12 Months

Desmond Lua updated 2018-01-09T02:39:05.026890
  • ETA: 1 year ago
  • Progress: 7 / 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

COVID-19: Data, Trend & Information

Desmond Lua updated 2020-05-05T06:27:01.601827
To keep track of status and progress of Coronavirus Pandemic
  • Desmond Lua posted 2020-05-05T06:27:01.346995
    - Add stable trend chart for main page
    - Create /trend pages, shrink main page trend chart to top 10 only
    - Replace home FAQ with news
    - Support embedded Facebook post

Daily positivity App

Desmond Lua updated 2020-05-05T06:24:57.957233
We tends to focus or remembered negativity/failure/self-doubt in life. This app helps you focus on positivity, gratitude and life tips on a daily basis.

PS: This is the first project I have an official co-conspirator - my wife.
Easily organize your travel photos into a journal
  • Desmond Lua posted 2020-05-05T06:24:27.425934
    - Fixes

    - Image cover for Album/PlaceAlbum/Card/Day
    - Generate description for Album/PlaceAlbum/Card/Day
    - Timezone by Location cloud functions
    - Support options to regenerate place albums

    - Add link to Pixtory at Footer
    - Add Firebase Analytics

    Product Website
    - Request Invite feature

    Backend Admin
    - Firebase SignIn
    - Places Managament

Lua Software Code: A HOWTO blog for programmer

Desmond Lua updated 2020-05-05T06:09:49.635137
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.


Product404: Archive dead products

Desmond Lua updated 2019-12-03T16:01:48.547687
I build quite a few products over the years, which many of them failed and fall into oblivians. I wanted to create a page to archive these projects:

- to remember/show what I build in the past
- to share a postmoterm of why it fail

I go this idea when I was refreshing my CV and building a personal profile/portfolio page, which I realized I have forgotten about some projects or I no longer have any material to prove their existence (web page no longer online, no screen capture).

PixPin: Photo at places

Desmond Lua updated 2019-05-14T14:42:00.871184
A very simple app to share photos on location, and discover interesting places and things near you (or far away).
  • Desmond Lua posted 2019-05-14T14:41:40.779604
    Sadly, going to abandoned this project.
    No as simple as I thought it would be, and not as fun to use.
    Unless I focus on a specific niche, the app basically compete with Google Photos (photos around places) or Instagram.

LuaPass: Secure Password Manager (Offline)

Desmond Lua updated 2020-02-04T02:47:07.821170
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
  • Desmond Lua posted 2019-02-03T04:39:32.511121
    Prompt user to rate app (at the right moment)
    Use WorkManager for background Google Drive sync
    Fix settings page UI issues due to support library update

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.