Folio Red
Projects and other artefacts by Leon Mika.
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Message Simulator Client

Years: 2017 — 2020 Status: Gone I once worked at a company that was responsible for sending SMS messages via an API. Think one time passwords when you log into websites, before time-based OTP apps were a thing. And yeah, this did involve some "marketing" messages, although we were pretty strict about outright spam or phishing messages. Anyway, since sending messages costed us money, we had a simulator setup in our non-prod environments which we used for testing. The features were pretty minimal: basically get the list of messages sent through the API, send a status message back, and simulating...

Build Indicators

AKA: Das Blinkenlights Date: 2017 — now Status: Steady Green I sometimes envy those that work in hardware. To be able to build something that one can hold and touch. It's something you really cannot do with software. And yeah, I dabbled a little with Arduino, setting up sketches that would run on prebuilt shields, but I never went beyond the point of building something that, however trivial or crappy, I could call my own. Except for this one time. And I admit that this thing is pretty trivial and crappy: little more than some controllable LEDs. But the ultimate...

Broadtail

Date: 2021 – 2022 Status: Paused First project I'll talk about is Broadtail. I think I talked about this one before, or at least I posted screenshot of it. I started work on this in 2021. The pandemic was still raging, and much of my downtime was watching YouTube videos. We were coming up to a federal election, and I was getting frustrated with seeing YouTube ads from political parties that offend me. This was before YouTube Premium so there was no real way to avoid these ads. Or was there? A Frontend For youtube-dl I had some experience with...

Phograms

“Pho-gram (n): a false or fanciful image or prose, usually generated by AI*” There's nothing like a new blog. So much possibility, so much expectation of quality posts shared with the world. It's like that feeling of a new journal or notebook: you're almost afraid to sally it with what you think is not worthy of it. Well, let's set expectations right now, with a posting of a few AI generated images. 😜 Yes, yes, I know. No one wants to see images from DALL-E and Stable Diffusion that you didn't make yourself. And yeah, I should acknowledge that these...

New Name, Icon, and Purpose

I've been thinking about what I'm hoping to use this blog for. Surprise, surprise, I've been thinking about using it to record things I've worked on. But this time, it'll be a record of things that are either finished, or have reached a natural stopping point. My existing blog will be used for work in progress. This one will be for work that's done (and I won't feel bad about writing about it). I've also been thinking about the name. While I like the name Folio, it's a tad tricky to find a suitable domain for it (yes, I admit...

Name And Icon

This blog has a name, at least for the moment: Folio. Not entirely sure what I hope to write here, but it'll probably be random things I build that I want to document. I'm kinda hoping that the private posts will be added, as I'd like to be able to use those for things not quite for public consumption. And Folio now has an icon, generated using DALL-E: Except, I didn't like the drop shadow. So after a few minutes in Acorn, I was able to remove it and replace it with a transparent background: Yeah, that'll work.

First Post

Hello! Here's my inaugural post on Scribbles, Vincent's blogging platform. Not that I personally need another one, but is there such a thing as having too many blogging platforms? And heaven knows I'm attracted to these things like a moth to a flame. But after hearing that Scribbles was opened for early access, I had to give it a try. And so far, it's been great. I really get that 37 Signals vibe from it. The editor feels good too. Now trying image uploads, and that seems to be working as well. And built-in support for captions! Day One can...