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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Accounting and your micro-ISV

By Bob Walsh Microsoft has just made available a free version of it’s new Microsoft Accounting 2007 package here. While not as full-featured as the Pro versions of Microsoft Accounting, MS Money (my favorite) or Quicken, the price – free – is right. Why am I mentioning this? Because if you aren’t already doing the […]

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Get a Microsoft Buddy

By Bob Walsh “Empowered” over at the Business of Software Forum today asked if micro-ISVs should join Microsoft’s Buddy Program – I feel so strongly that this is a Yes! I had to do this quick post. Here’s how it works: You get teamed up with a Microsoft Employee (not a contractor) based on a […]

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links for 2006-10-30

mozdev.org – delicious: index A handy tool for managing “daily links” to different del.icio.us accounts. (tags: del.icio.us)

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Product Focus: RSSBus.com

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I’m trying something new here, starting today: I’ll be inviting (imploring?) different vendors to stop by here and explain, without marketing hype, why micro-ISVs should know about their software, service or product. First up is Lance Robinson, one of the guys behind RSSBus.com. I personally think RSS has dozens of as yet untapped uses, and […]

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MegaNiches for micro-ISV’s

Clay Shirky, Wired Magazine, Nov. 2006, makes the that absolutely valid point that in a world where the billion person Internet is a reality, a teeny slice of the pie can be a huge number of people: 1/10 of 1% of the people online is one million people. This has major implications for micro-ISVs. Here’s 5:

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It’s high time micro-ISVs kill email

by Bob Walsh Tuesday of this week I didn’t read e-mail. I had to get up at an incredibly early hour to catch a flight to meet with the people on a project in another city then flew back and collapsed into bed. Wednesday morning when I got all my e-mail in one pass, it […]

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Can micro-ISV’s save the world?

by Bob Walsh Over on the Business of Software forum this morning, Portman Wills asked very good question: if giant companies like American Express, Apple and Motorola can have “red” versions of their products where a portion of each sale is used to purchase anti-AIDS drugs in Africa, why not micro-ISV’s? While I think this […]

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