Yep, I’m back! This is about the sixth reincarnation of my blog since I started with ToDoOrElse on Typepad.com in 2004. Thanks for reading! I guess the real question is, “Why should you care what I have to say?” Maybe you’re a sparky millennial who’s got no time to waste on ‘boomers. Or maybe you’re a member of the Baby-Boomers – hi there! – and you’d like someone to make sense of the whirling dervish whirlwind that…

I love Google Docs for its simplicity, ease of use and great commenting, so I tend to do a lot of writing there or in markdown. I hate WordPress for its terrible editing form, and turning embedding each image into a five minute battle. I recently completed a longish post on examples of using JotForm Cards to create forms a startup would need from idea to hiring its first contractor. I was not looking forward…

Whether you’re building the next software unicorn or a more humble (and realistic) self-funded startup, building that startup requires information from others. You’re going to need a reliable way to gather those various bits of information. It needs to be branded with your brand and identity. It should be attractive, very easy to maintain and deploy. So here’s how JotForm and its new take on surveys, JotForm Cards, can take a lot of the pain…

I’ve always been a tripolar guy: on one hand, being a developer, making a living writing code for various companies. On the other hand, writing: either full books like The Web Startup Success Guide, posts like the one you’re reading or content for various startups. On the third hand, doing what I call Microconsults: I work with the founders of a self-funded startup to identify eight to ten specific things that would help their startup, get…

When you think about it, building a startup is the process of taking a blank canvass and filling it with your app, with a market that wants your app, and the character and culture of your company. Along the way, you’re going to need to deal with all sorts of information: What people think of your idea, of your app at as it grows, and all sorts of interactions as your company grows from you…

It’s easy to get so wrapped up in our startups that’s impossible to see them as a stranger does. A stranger visiting your site knows literally next to nothing about you. They probably got there via Google when they were searching for a solution to a particular problem, be it invoicing for freelance work, teaching their children Italian or dealing with contaminated medical waste. Your startup is just another link to them, another tab out…

While I’ve already started writing “VS Code Mac”, I kind of look at this time of year as the prep time for that new shiny year to come. So here’s my thinking on how to write a book-length project as of now. Please let me know if you’ve got any better alternatives! Building and Maintaining the Book Outline Hands down choice: Workflowy. A non-fiction book needs an outline. Without an outline it’s way too easy…

A funny thing happened two years ago this weekend: Microsoft released software for developers that did not suck. It wasn’t Microsoft’s way or the highway – it was honest-to-God open source software in the form of a screaming fast code editor, integrated with Git out of the box, and now with a huge community of extensions. And it ran on Mac OS, Linux, and oh yeah, that other platform. I knew then what I know…

It’s one thing to read about something truly awful coming at you. It’s another to see that thing even if what you see is – for now – fiction. Watch this YouTube video created by a Stuart Russell, a well-respected CS professor  at the UC Berkeley and Autonomousweapons.org Then ask yourself if there’s a single bit about it that will be fiction not fact in a few years time.