Making Plans for 2007 and mymicroisv.com

Having finally finished Clear Blogging (plug: available Feb. 7, recommended reading for micro-isv’s), I can start working on several stalled projects, including MyMicroISV.com. A year ago when Micro-ISV: From Vision to Reality came out, I conceived of this site as a blog+resources site. The blog has worked out – mostly because of the many guest […]

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Quick FYI…

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Just so you know, I doubt I’ll be posting again until sometime next week or the week after: I’m in the final stages of finishing Clear Blogging: How People Blogging Are Changing the World and How You Can Join Them and my editor has hooked up my chair -ZAP!- to give me a jolt -ZAP!- […]

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Know your rules of engagement

by Bob Walsh One of my favorite sites, thinkvitamin.com, just put up a post I’d recommend every micro-ISV read: Tara Hunt on The Rules of Engagement. Tara sets out to answer: What is that magic ingredient that turns people from ‘consumers’ of your software into active and enthusiastic evangelists? The truth is that there is […]

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Use STRING to get programming accomplished

By Bob Walsh My friend Matt Cornell posted a great trick that should be in every micro-ISVs bag of tricks. This technique is ideal for those lingering small code projects we all have, but just have not found the motivation to code. Matt’s technique? Think STING: S – Select one task. T – Time yourself. […]

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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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