Entries from February 2008 ↓

Humor: Always Double Check Your Release Notes

Many a moon ago (nearly two years), I had a funny and somewhat sad email exchange with a co-worker named Matt. We had a lot of exchanges along these lines, and in a fashion atypical of this blog I wanted to share this one.

The situation: I made a mistake on a set of Release Notes and he let me know he’d corrected it.

Me: Aaaargh. Sorry about that. Getting sloppy in my old age.

Matt: Don’t sweat it. I’ll send corrections when I come across them. If this was the only thing wrong with any release notes I get, I’d be a happy man.

Me: Thanks…but wait, you forgot the protocol:

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A Fool’s Bargain: Building Software for Free (or, An Idea Ain’t Worth Squat)

I received this email the other day:

I’m looking for a software developer to build a simulator program.

Payment would be made from revenues after the product is available and producing revenues. The estimated market for this product is 100 million users with a target price of $50 per unit. After all your development costs have been covered from revenues, we would then share the proprietary rights to the product and net revenues on a 50/50 basis.

Are you interested in continuing?

My reply:

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New MicroISV eBook Released

Bob Walsh has released his eBook MicroISV Sites that Sell! – Creating and Marketing your Unique Selling Proposition. I read an early review copy and it’s filled with information that will save you gobs of time.

Definitely worth $19 if you are thinking of launching your own software product.

A Career Path in Pictures, Getting Better Each Day, and That Feeling in Your Gut Before Launch

A Career Path in Pictures – Very clever. Several of these pictures hit close to home.

Tiger Woods: “The greatest thing about tomorrow is, I will be better than I am today. And that’s how I look at my life. I will be better as a golfer, I will be better as a person, I will be better as a father, I will be a better husband, I will be better as a friend. That’s the beauty of tomorrow. There is no such thing as a setback. The lessons I learn today I will apply tomorrow, and I will be better.”

And finally, a reply from a colleague when asked how he felt about the upcoming launch of a large application that his team has spent the last year building: “The only thing worse than having users is not having users.