A discussion over at Business of Software re people who steal software and then have the gall to demand tech support got me thinking: patients have one, consumers have one, airline passengers want one, everyone in the United States has one (even if they don’t know it and it’s a bit frayed around the edges) – why not a Micro-ISV Bill of Rights!

Putting quill to computer screen, here’s my first draft. Additions welcome!

  1. We have the right to tell obnoxious customers to go to hell and enjoy doing so.
  2. We have the right to write our software our way, not the 19 different ways the last 19 customers said we “should” have written it.
  3. We have the right to get paid.
  4. We have the right to wonder if taking modafinil or adopting polyphasic sleep would let us catch up on all the things a micro-ISV has to do to get and stay in business.
  5. We have the right to not work in a cubicle.
  6. We have the right to take time off for good behavior.
  7. We have the right to dream, and to make those dreams reality.

5 Comments

  1. Nice post Bob!
    Is there anyway that I can read the whole post in the planetmicroisv feed rather than the first 20 or so words? I noticed that you started opening up todoorelse for the whole post. Thanks for that!

  2. My Google homepage is already littered with RSS feeds. That is why I just love planetmicroisv. I have one feed for them on my google homepage, then when I feel the need to comment (which is very rare) I pop over to the site itself. This also means that I don’t have to worry about Ian’s constantly changing blog formatting 🙂
    I honestly thought that this was something that was done in your blog software (like just having the rss feed be the beginning of the post) rather than on Baruch’s side. As I said above, todoorelse’s feed is showing the whole post.
    Thanks for everything that you do for the community. I have your mIsv book and have read it at least twice, not counting re-reading sections of it. When I finally get on the ball (with a worthwhile product idea), I know that I will be referencing it more and more. And then I will get Clear Blogging also.
    Also, I typo’d my email address before. It is correct now. Cheers!

  3. I just checked the feedburner link, and at the bottom is this:
    [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
    Maybe it is a setting somewhere?

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