Why Widgets mean money for micro-ISV’s

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by Bob Walsh Two recent posts have turned my mind back toward the subject of widgets and micro-ISVs. A widget is basically a mini application that runs in any number of ways — on your desktop, and Google sidebar, and Windows live, in any number of third-party applications and in both Vista and an Mac […]

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The mental case for physical exercise.

By Bob Walsh Over the years I’ve never understood why most programmers are content to rest on their (ever-growing) laurels when it comes to exercise. Maybe because I started exercising when I was a reporter in San Francisco in my pre-programmer days that I’ve always at least tried to exercise regularly. In the past, I’ve […]

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The InstallAware micro-ISV pitch

[Ed. Note] Sinan Karaca is the CEO of InstallAware, a small ISV founded in 2003 by InstallShield alumni. Sinan did a great presentation at the European ShareWare Conference earlier this month. I was so impressed with how many features InstallAware included that really addressed the needs of micro-ISVs who need bulletproof installs but don’t want […]

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Everything you wanted to know about Graphics but were afraid to ask…

… can be found in this great post by Kathy Sierra at the Creating Passionate Users blog: Add graphics to your blog, book, or presentation. Kathy covers: tips for creating visuals that tell the story better and faster than words, types of graphics to use and when, how to figure out what the graphic should […]

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Fresh ideas for micro-iSVs

By Bob Walsh One of the things you hear over and over in this business is how hard it is to find an idea to build a micro-ISV on. True! The great thing about ideas is that lots of people have them, and some do a really good job of explaining them, like Pamela Slim […]

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Prospector: Post-launch Musings

By Nathan Ridley, Co-Owner of ERSYS Group [Ed. Note: Nathan originally posted this this week at the Business of Software forum; it was so good I asked him if I could repost it here. ERSYS, a micro-ISV, makes Prospector, a tool that lets you connect and chat with visitors to your web site while they […]

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Bare Naked App bares all

By Bob Walsh The good people at Carson Systems have decided to sell off their year-old baby, dropsend.com. What’s very cool and interesting if you are a micro-ISV is that they are blogging revenue numbers, account statistics and much more over at http://www.barenakedapp.com/. Getting real revenue/subscription numbers out of micro-ISVs is like pulling teeth (I […]

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More on Amazon’s EC2

By Bob Walsh If you’re wondering if Amazon’s still-in-beta virtual servers as a service service makes sense for your online business, have a look at this article by David Berlind at ZDNet. He walks through how his other business – besides being a reporter/coloumnist – could drop their server costs from $8,400 a year to […]

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How not to do a major upgrade: WinZip 11.

By Bob Walsh Here’s an example of how not to do a major update, brought to you by WinZip Computing. First, email all of your customers there’s a critical security update to Winzip 10 on Tuesday. Watch as your customers jump through the critical security hoop, interupt what they were doing to download the update. […]

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Microsoft Empower adds third year.

By Bob Walsh By now, most micro-ISV’s know about Microsoft’s Empower Program is a great deal if you’re developing a Microsoft-centric product: for $375 USD you get in effect a MSDN Universal license to just about everything Microsoft makes – OS’s, servers, development tools, Office. $375 beats ~ $2,700 every time. The catch was you […]

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