Earlier in the week my iPhone had to be sent away for repair. It is back now, but it was a pain that I could not access work VPN as it sent a verification code by SMS.
Today set up my Twilio account to forward received SMS messages sent to my Twilio phone number to my e-mail account.
I tested it just now:
“Hey Siri, SMS my Twilio Account”.
> OK what would you like to say?
“Hi there Twilio”
> Your message is “Hi there Twilio, would you like to send it?
> OK, it’s sent.
- Siri used my iPhone to send an SMS to my Twilio number.
- Twilio received the SMS and sent the details in a web request to my website on Amazon.
- My web server used PHP to talk to my WordPress instance and send an e-mail to my Google account.
- My Google account received the e-mail and pushed a notification to all my connected devices.
- The text the SMS was now available on all my devices.
Now if I lose my iPhone I can get work to change my VPN verification number to my Twilio number. When VPN sends a verification code it appears in my e-mail. Or I could just use Twilio instead of my own iPhone number and use VPN from anywhere even if I don’t have my iPhone with me.
In the latter part of my long service leave, restricted by social distancing rules, I decided to try the Wolfram language again.
Wolfram One looked interesting. I am entitled to student pricing so it looked like a great way to learn Mathematica and the Wolfram Language. A 15 day free trial made it even more interesting.
Wolfram One combines the web based Wolfram environment with a local desktop version for use on a computer. The “One” is a designation to indicate the convergence of Mathematica, Wolfram Alpha and web based notebooks and APIs.
To be honest I found Wolfram frustrating, but I persevered and eventually crafted a notebook version of my Domestic Violence Policy model. The notebook version can be found in my Wolfram Cloud Repository.
It was a little disappointing this published notebook requires the reader to have a Wolfram account for interaction, but Stephen Wolfram has to make money somehow or there would be no point in providing the computing resources behind the site.
I did paid for a one year subscription to Wolfram One after the free trial so I will use the time to learn the language and see what it offers.