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A quick follow up on the last post re the major recall of cat and dog food in the US. Three more major brands have been added to the recalled cat and dog food listings since this morning: Iams and Eukanuba and Good n Meaty. The updated cat list is at: http://www.menufoods.com/recall/product_cat.html The updated dog food list is at: http://www.menufoods.com/recall/product_dog.html This US FDA site (http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2007/NEW01590.html) lists press releases containing lot factory info from: Nestlé Purina…

By Michael Sica Founder of the micro-ISV, Ataraxis Software. The story of picking a programming language/framework is typically a micro-ISV’s 2nd blog post. You know, the one right after the, “I’ve decided to do this software-company-thing.” (It’s usually 3 or 4 posts before the, “Here is my awesome logo!” one.) Bob Walsh invited me to post why I like working with Ruby on Rails while creating my micro-ISV, Ataraxis Software. The first time I saw…

Google has started releasing stats on the number of times its Gadgets get rendered in a week, and the numbers are pretty incredible: 27 million plus for daily horoscopes, down to 11 thousand for Oracle search.Still in all, what this suggests to me is that widgets/gadgets in all makes and models are more than just eye candy and trivial programming examples: anything that can get these kinds of pageviews is worth noting.Unfortunately, I don’t know…

If you’re a micro-ISV at a loss for what to blog about, there’s a new tool in your Web 2.0 toolkit. In a nutshell, Clipmarks makes it dirt easy to clip what you see on web (text, images, videos) and turn it into a blog post like this one. Theres a good write up at http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/02/27/clipmarks-a-highlighter-for-the-web/ and Scoble has a good vid of it at: http://www.podtech.net/home/There’s still a few things I’d like to see as…

Here’s a YouTube video well worth watching: The Machine is Us/ing Us Here’s why: You get a gut feel what the whole Web 2.0 thing is about. It demonstrates an excellent technique for doing video of something video hates to do: present ideas. It’s an excellent example of how do a video of what’s happening on a computer extremely well – something every micro-ISV who has every decided to do a video of their product…

After a nasty bout with the flu, Matt Cornell has just posted number two in our joint series of posts on Productivity for Programmers over at his blog, http://ideamatt.blogspot.com/2007/02/productivity-for-programmers-2.html (Note: Matt Cornell – programmer, personal productivity coach, blogger and all round good guy and I are teaming up for a weekly series of blog postings here and at Matt’s blog, http://ideamatt.blogspot.com on how programmers can be much more productive. Our goal is combine our experience,…

I guess we’re on a roll here! The second podcast Michael Lehman and I have done is now up at Channel 9. This week’s The MicroISV Show has the authors of Windows Developer Power Tools (O’Reilly, Dec. ‘06) James Avery and Jim Holmes discussing with Michael and I which free dev tools a micro-ISV should definitely have, how to manage all these tools, what you should do if you want to get into this market…

10,012 people to be precise have downloaded Michael Lehman and I’s first The MicroISV Show podcast from next week. Again, thanks to Joel Spolsky for letting us interview him. I’m proofreading (prooflistening?) the next The MicroISV Show right now – if you’ve been wondering what tools you need as a micro-ISV doing Windows development, or you do Windows development as your day job, you are going to really like this show! Tags: TheMicroISVShow, micro-ISV

One of my favorite bloggers, Pamela Slim over at Escape from Cubicle Nation, tackled today four startup business questions micro-ISV need to answer too: Should I set up my business as a S Corporation or a LLC? (Two examples of U.S.-based business structures) Do I need liability insurance? Should I make people sign a non-disclosure agreement if I share details about my product or business model? Should I set up my books on a cash…