Message in a Phone

I had to integrate SMS notifications in a project for a client, got a look to the API documentation of Skebby (SMS service popular among Italian developers), and started wondering about a Laravel package to integrate it into the native notifications system of the framework. More recently, another client asked for the same feature pointing me to the website of a partner into SMS provisioning: I opened the website, found a link to the documentation on Mobyt (another SMS service, never heard before), and it looked extremely similar to the…

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Key of the Key

Recently I've worked a little with GPG keys in a web application (mostly to digitally sign documents, with PIN-protected keys). Two considerations: OpenPGP.js is really cool and easy to use, get it a look to avoid depending from native PHP extentions I've used this composer installable library, which is unfortunately mostly undocumented An hint for future explorers: to retrieve the key ID of a given public key, use this function (built mining for references in GitHub): /* $pubkey is meant to be the contents of the armored file */ function get_…

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Next Next Cloud

Recently I've explored options for an "home server", some kind of appliance hosted at home (eventually on a dedicated RaspberryPI) and able to deliver some useful service for daily tasks. Given that the once promising FreedomBox project has become a strongly opinionated selection of random applications, and many other projects have strictly defined use cases (e.g. Kodi and Rune), the most obvious choice is NextCloud. Which indeed is conceived as a cloud application, and lacks some feature for proper home-based usage. So, I've began to implement them by myself…

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