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books / internet / people

A shot in the dark is definitely better than walking away from the chance altogether. Trying can create a percentage chance above zero, whereas walking away guarantees that it is zero. I always enjoy reading Sebastian Marshall’s blog. Primarily because I feel like I can relate to a lot of the things he talks about and his general attitude towards life and business. His book is a great culmination of those things. I thoroughly recommended […]

SEO from the start

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My generic SEO strategy for a startup is a) be the best on the Internet for b) as many topics as you possibly can be that c) matter to your paying customers – Strategic SEO for Startups Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been spending an increasing amount of time learning about SEO and how to go about applying it to our day to day business. There’s a lot of stigma attached to doing […]

User’s wont do what you want them to

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design / internet

I spent the day at Infusionsoft’s Customer Tour Conference. It was interesting to see some of the more advanced things that are possible using their product as well as listening to how some people are using it to market and sell their products. One of the things said during the day was in regards to  sequences and moving user’s through a series of steps and goals, but which applies quite heavily to programming, which was: […]

If it’s hot, it’s probably too late

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business / internet

Hot is the new hotness! Every month or so there’s a new hot topic in startup land. There was social, mobile, local, game mechanics blah blah. And with every wave of new hotness, comes a fresh wave of startups trying to get in on the deal. If it’s hot right now, and you’re thinking of getting in, don’t, it’s too late. Don’t even think of entering a space where others have a six month or […]

The Internet is a Shit Hole

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annoyances / internet

Recently I’ve been teaching a person older than me (60+) how to use a computer for the first time as well as how to get to grips with using the internet and email. While it’s been a test of all my patience, one thing is for sure, that trying to show someone how to search for something is a nightmare because every result is filled with ads and filler, and more than half the time […]


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internet / music

I admit. When I was first told about Spotify, I dismissed it as my experience with most web based players had been pretty poor. Most of the time I couldn’t find what I really wanted to listen to and when I finally did the quality was too poor to be enjoyable. Now I’ve been using Spotify now for a few days and I’m tempted to actually go as far as to say I’m impressed. The […]

Coming back to WordPress

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internet / life

As you may (or may not) have noticed. I’m back to the old WordPress version of my blog. I spent a lot of time moving over everything to Jekyll. Mainly for the “performance” increase of having to just serve static files generated by the Jekyll engine, but it ended up being at the cost of me never posting anything. After migrating I soon felt like small random snippets where beneath the category of “articles” that […]

Slicehost Migration

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computing / internet

The migration over to Slicehost is now complete and I’m extremely happy so far. It wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be, but the feeling of impending doom I got when presented with a fresh install of Gentoo was quickly overcome. Apache + PHP + MySQL took virtual no time to install (once you discount the time it took to compile them up) and the installation of WordPress along with importing my old […]

Google Chrome

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computing / internet

All my news feeds today have been filled with nothing but talk of Google Chrome. As there is no OSX version (it can be built if you’re really that desperate), I fired up my Vista VM and installed it and I’m quietly impressed. Does the world need a new browser? Maybe, maybe not. While it’s nice that each tab runs in seperate processes, does that really make Chrome a browser for what the web has […]

Ruby Gem Mysql on Suse 10

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computing / internet / programming

If you get the error below while trying to install the ruby mysql gem on Suse 10 then follow the instuctions below to get it going: incei273:~ # gem install mysql Building native extensions. This could take a while… ERROR: While executing gem… (Gem::Installer::ExtensionBuildError) ERROR: Failed to build gem native extension. ruby extconf.rb install mysql checking for mysql_query() in -lmysqlclient… no checking for main() in -lm… yes checking for mysql_query() in -lmysqlclient… no checking for […]

Why is the site next to you more successful?

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business / internet

Someone posted the following on Rails Weenie… I of course replied… This is kind of a vague question…. 1. Same Idea but some just do much better. ex. Youtube. Before youtube took off, there were several sites that did the exact same thing. So, why is youtube so succesful, while others remain in its shadow. 2. Is the internet done ? Meaning, the web is saturated with e-commerce, entertainment, web programmers, designer, engineers…what more can […]