A funny thing happened two years ago this weekend: Microsoft released software for developers that did not suck. It wasn’t Microsoft’s way or the highway – it was honest-to-God open source software in the form of a screaming fast code editor, integrated with Git out of the box, and now with a huge community of extensions. And it ran on Mac OS, Linux, and oh yeah, that other platform. I knew then what I know…

It’s one thing to read about something truly awful coming at you. It’s another to see that thing even if what you see is – for now – fiction. Watch this YouTube video created by a Stuart Russell, a well-respected CS professor  at the UC Berkeley and Autonomousweapons.org Then ask yourself if there’s a single bit about it that will be fiction not fact in a few years time.

One thing you learn pretty quickly with WordPress is that unless you’re a fulltime WP developer you’re going to need someone who is. There are simply too many things that can break – themes that auto-update but auto-fail; plugins that start doing strange things for no apparent reason; hosting issues that keep your clients from even getting to your site. You don’t need the hassle. You don’t need taking time away from your latest cool…

This week I happened to listen to two episodes back to back to Wes Bos’ new podcast Syntax – confirming a) It’s not just me that has gone back over to the Dark Side with Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code and b) this guy has lots of good content for developers. The two episodes – The Command Line for Web Developers and Why is everyone switching to VS Code (I switched about 3 months ago and…

The one question founders have asked me in my {volunteer} role successfully sponsoring 350+ startups into Microsoft BizSpark is why Microsoft declined their startup. Sometimes the applicant will wait weeks only to get declined; sometimes it takes mere minutes. Nearly always the founder/applicants are shocked, hurt, frustrated: Can’t Microsoft see what a great startup we are? Don’t they care? Well, they do and they don’t. Let me explain. Let’s assume you meet BizSpark’s qualifications. And, let’s assume…

This morning I saw this excellent post by InVision re 30 good Sketch plugins – my goto tool now for high fidelity wireframes. Well written, nice screenshots, nicely done. And that’s the problem, and I bet if you are a developer, you have the same problem. 30 new things to learn at once makes my head explode. As much as I’d like to actually learn each of these plugins, I just cannot do it in one…

If you expect people to sign up and perhaps pay for your startup, you have no chance in hell if you don’t explain in credible detail who you are. Here’s an example (as of Wednesday; May 10, 2017) – everydaycheck.com, a habit-building saas going for $12/year. Looks awesome, and attractive. Chance of me or normal person with a credit card signing up? Zero. There’s a small link to Joan Boixadós Twitter account in the footer. That’s…

If you’re building a startup using some or all of Microsoft’s stack and you’re interested in Microsoft BizSpark, drop me a line. I’ve got (as of now) 20 invite codes to give out to aspiring young startups who want to go that route. See the requirements first, and make sure it’s clear from your site’s home page you’re a startup, not a consultant/development shop, and you’ll get in. I know, because since 2009 I’ve sponsored over 530…

So welcome to your new, fully-digitalized career! Whatever your current occupation, you can expect to be hopping jobs every three years (or less). When you go after your next job, you’re more likely to be screened by software before you get to talk to a person. If a recruiter is in the mix, you can bet (94%) they’ve already eyeballed (or their software has) your LinkedIn profile. If you do get to talk to a…

Multi-billion member social networks, robots that can chase you down, algorithms that decide whether you get to live or die. Just a few high points to the world that’s fast approaching. Having not not posted here in a six months plus, I have to ask if creating content outside the walls of a social network is even a thing anymore for people other than very-non-millennials such as myself, or people trying to sell you something. I know…