Bits and Pieces.


Here’s a few things on the web that caught my attention recently you may find interesting: Keith Alperin of Helium Foot Software posted his second podcast episode in his series, Mac Software Business, Year One. He and Scotty Scott, Kevin Hoctor and Gus Mueller kick around Mac specific issues and general topics like licensing, PayPal […]

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Striking a balance of user needs in technology development.

Melanie Baker Community Manager AideRSS For those of us who live and breathe tech, it can be easy to forget how different our online habits are from those of the average internet user. We at AideRSS, and folks like us, have assimilated RSS into our information processing and now look ahead at how to improve […]

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The law is the law.


…and you are far better off knowing the laws as it applies to IT about copyright, trademarks, domain names, software patents, trade secrets, NDA’s, NCA’s, open source licenses, consulting agreements, SLA’s, beta test agreements, EULA’s, SaaS TOS, commercial distribution agreements, privacy, digital content agreements, videogame publishing agreements, foreign distribution agreements, and what happens if you […]

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Do it in front of other people.


I and over 800 people sat down this afternoon and had a cozy 1-to-1 with Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson of, courtesy of online video streaming company Now if you’re not a fan as I am, or Basecamp/Highrise/Campfire/Backpack user, you could care less, right? Wrong. Developers, startups and microISVs, I have […]

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Product blogs don’t have to be boring.


One of my clients, Tugboat Enterprises, launched its “Rising Tide: Tales from The Land of Selkie” blog last week, and if you’re wondering about some of the finer points of doing a product blog, it’s definitely worth a visit. When you get there, you’re not going to find a blog extolling the wonders of Selkie […]

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12 Tactics to stop stealing time from yourself.


My post Monday, Stop stealing, garnered 66 comments – definitely a record for me. As I said Wednesday, there’s both strategic ways to take control of your attention, focus and productivity, and there are plenty of tactics that can improve your productivity. In fact, there’s too many. Way, way too many. Take for example this […]

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Join me at the Big Nerd Ranch in October.


Just to let you know, I will be teaching in Atlanta, GA a three day class in early October: The MicroISV/Startup Bootcamp. When Aaron Hillegass – one of the most respected Mac instructors and authors out there – asked me if I’d be interested in teaching at the Big Nerd Ranch 20 or so developers […]

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5 Strategies to stop stealing time from yourself.


My post 2 days ago, Stop stealing, seems to have hit a nerve – given 57 comments so far. So, I thought I’d better pony up the big and small ways I and others have found to stop stealing time from ourselves. Two things I want to make clear – I fall off the productivity […]

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When the going gets tough, the tough get agile.


When F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “The rich are not like you and me,” he could have been just as easily referring to the gap between programmers swaddled in their nice little cubicles and those of us who for better or worse are out here in the cold and dark peddling our microISV wares and startup […]

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Stop stealing.


It started innocently enough a few years ago, didn’t it? It wasn’t like you were actually breaking the law, being a criminal, being a Bad Person hurting people. No one was getting hurt – if there’s no victim, there’s no crime, right? Besides, everyone else was doing it! It was no worse than swiping that […]

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