The MicroISV Digest for the week ending December 8th, 2009.
(With 2010 just one month away, I need your feedback on what – and whether – the MicroISV Digest should be. Please comment on this post what you’d like to see it cover more, less or differently. And apologies for missing last week – by the time I could get to it, it was Thanksgiving here in the US.)
(If you have an announcement of interest to your fellow microISV, indies or startups, please email me at email@example.com with the word digest in the subject.)
News and Announcements
- Pietro Polsinelli, Open Lab, is launching not one but two web apps. First up, Patapage – Patapage is a way of adding services to web sites by adding buttons. There are buttons for adding a wiki-like layer to your pages, and also comments, image galleries, contact forms, rating, retweet, Google or Twitter searches, windows on other websites, annotated feedbacks, with more services on the way.
Also in beta is BugsVoice – an online error reporting service for web developers and maintainers combining friendly error pages, collecting exceptions, and user feedback. (via email)
- James Avery and Rob Conery have launched TekPub, a technical screencast site, mainly targeting .NET developers. I watched the Linux for Softies: Setting up Apache with Rails: #1 Introduction and Installation. free sample and was seriously impressed. Looking forward to seeing Coder to Developer 2009, another freebie on the site. James by the way is the co-author of Windows Developer Power Tools: Turbocharge Windows Development with More Than 140 Free and Open Source Tools – one of my favorite .NET productivity books. (via Twitter)
- I’m going to have to interview this guy one of these days. He’s seriously productive. Steve Cholerton, Arten Science, has announced the R10Office Productivity and CRM Suite for Small Businesses, Individuals, Clubs and Groups.
- Charles O’Dale, Senomix Timesheets, has released a new version of his product: streamlining the networking so that this desktop app (Windows and Mac) can easily track time spent by distributed/virtual teams, regardless of private networks, VPNs and the like. (via email)
Relevant Blog Posts, Podcasts, Videos and Articles
- Bryan Smith, The Art of Software , has penned an interesting post, “C. Profit” or “What’s a Facebook User Worth?”. It might not be as much as you think.
- This will get you thinking: Build a system, not a product.
- Google is changing. I’ll be posting again on this soon, but Danny Sullivan is the Man when it comes to search, so you might want to read: Google’s Personalized Results: The “New Normal” That Deserves Extraordinary Attention and Google Launches Real Time Search.
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