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The Passionate Developer

11. March 2009 03:46 by Scott in   //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)

If you figure out what your passion is, you know what to start on next.

Here I am trying to figure out what to build next.  I find my self almost completely done with DrinkingFor. Not wanting to continue building on it due to the amount of sites out there about drinking games.  Lets call it an experiment for the good coder who wants to get better and leave it at that.

I find my self getting a little bored with coding.  Not truly bored, but tired of doing it for nothing.  I haven't really created anything special yet, and have a ton of ideas, but I haven't started one.  I have sifted through all of them trying to figure out which to run with next.  One of my ideas which I wrote down on paper just got launched a few days ago by someone else.  I am truly proud to see it doing so well, but it makes me think I wish I had executed it instead of drinkingfor.  It seems to be getting a lot more folks on it than what drinkingfor is doing.  I thought about building a competitor to it and just build faster than them, but they seem to be doing a good job and would rather let them have the fun.


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I decided to sift through my ideas again and find something I was passionate about instead of finding something I would make money from.  I needed to find something I enjoyed instead of something that would just bring in the dough.  I settled on an idea that I think would be a bit challenging and fun all at the same time.

The point of this post is not much, but should make you think about what you build next.  Find something you love and develop something from it.

Im going to try and not get bored from this project.

Thanks for listening.

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Advertise

9. March 2009 03:18 by Scott in   //  Tags:   //   Comments (31)

SpoiledTechie is a young blog which is already getting attention from people interested in topics as such as Start ups, Entrepreneurship, blogging, web development, web design, ASP.NET and more.

Since March 2008, SpoiledTechie articles have hit homepages of many popular digg-likes sites as such as del.icio.us, popurls, designfloat, dzone, reddit, etc and had been featured on popular blogs as such as Lifehacker.com.

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I don't do any other type of advertising on my site except for the boxes you see to your right.  They will show up on every single page of Spoiled Techie.

I deal directly through ProjectWonderful.com. They are not well known, but they offer the advertiser (you) the best bang for the buck and I think its worth mentioning.  Like other 3rd party advertisers (like buysellads.com) you are required to buy a full month worth of advertising at a fixed price.  During this procedure, you have to pay for the down time of the site when it gets only 1 or 2 visitors an hour.  Project Wonderful, I feel solves this problem by working on an auction based system by the hour/week/month/year.  So you buy for each hour, Not Month.  You buy the down time and you buy the up time.  The auction system is very fluid as well so some times your ad could be up and sometimes not. 

What does this mean?  Well you get to define your time you want your ads displayed and if my blog isn't getting enough traffic, Project Wonderful will stop your ads or even better. They will lower the price your paying on my blog.  Though it works the other way as well. During high traffic times, you can set a cap of what not to go over per hour or day.

It truly is the most honest system for advertisers and thats why I chose it over other sites like buysellads.com.

To buy my ads, go here or click on the link at the bottom of my ads.

The Stats:

  • Page Rank: 3/10
  • Posts: ~100 a year being this is my first year.
  • Rss Subscribers: ~1000+
  • Daily Visitors: ~200+  
  • Monthly Visitors: ~10,000+
  • Technorati/Alexa Rank:  Does this really matter considering how many sites there are in the world?

Need More Proof?

You can visit my Ad stat page at Project Wonderful.


Three Month Period: So you can see my stats are not that fluid.


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Just Lost Your Job?

6. March 2009 03:30 by Scott in   //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (10)

I wanted to give a bit of advice to those people getting laid off at this time.  It helped me to realize what I needed to do if I ever got laid off and I thought I would put it down on paper.


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  1. First and foremost, Sit down and think where you want to go with your career.  Think of it as a fresh start and make sure your choices resonate with your interests.
  2. Update your Resume.  (easy and fast).
  3. Overdress for interviews. (suit, shave, tie and a haircut)  Bad presentation is usually the fastest way out the door.
  4. Be punctual and polite.
  5. Relax and be your self.  This is probably the hardest to do, but you should think about this a bit more when you get an interview.
  6. Just be your self, don't fake another personality.  In the end, if you act like your self, it will pay off.
  7. You need a job and they need an employee.  There is a reason they are interviewing and spending so much time on this.  Don't be afraid to ask serious questions.  Last Layoff?  Hows the growth?
  8. Do your homework.  Look at things you have done in the past and refresh your mind when they ask you what you did or how you did it.
  9. Be firm in your salary. Don't go cheap.  If you act desperate, then they will shoot low with you, if you are greedy, then they just wont hire you.
  10. Don't get desperate.  If your willing to pick up and move, there are millions of jobs out there for the picking.
  11. Be willing to take a pay cut.  Having a job that pays some bills, is better than not having a job.  More experienced candidates will be asking for more money.  When companies tighten up, they will want to have the cheaper guy more than the experienced.
  12. Don't stop searching.  Don't take a week off.  Search Job boards daily. Not once a week.  This includes looking at craigslist for jobs.
  13. Interview for every job.  Even if you don't get it, thats one more person that has seen you inside the company and might pass your resume on to the next interviewer.
  14. Be prepared to get depressed.  You won't win every battle, but you will finally win the war by getting hired.
  15. Depending on how much you saved, you might want to call your folks up and ask for a bed in one of the spare rooms.
  16. Research the company your interviewing for.  Its better to know about their product than not know anything about it.  They will most certainly ask you a question about what the product is and if you can handle it.
  17. Spark a conversation between you and the interviewer.  Talk about your local sports team or the next biggest and coolest thing.  Being friendly is another way that you will get points in an interview or even outside the interview.
  18. A lot of people get jobs through people they know.  Sit down and create a contact list of everyone you know.  Send each one an email with your Resume explaining what happened and that you have hopes for a job. Rank your contacts from 1 - 5 being close personal friends or people you met at conferences.  Follow up with your friends via a phone call, and then send follow up emails to the 5'ers.
  19. If you only have a couple years experience, the older more experienced guys might take your job.  Don't try to beat them on experience.  Beat them on soft skills, like being a team player, being eager and excited to work.
  20. Stop spending.  Only get needs and not wants.  Your bank account will go dry fast if you spend too much too fast.

Got any other advice, please open up and let me know.

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Thats Why No-One Will Remember Your Name

4. March 2009 03:04 by Scott in   //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (79)

I often tend to think about life and how I am doing and how far I have come.  I want to make sure that my life is currently at its fullest.  That I am actually enjoying everything I do and learn.  In one of my brief moments, I have realized that I do live a pretty decent life.  I also realized that my life is fast approaching old age, 25 to be exact.  I know its not that old to people in their 30's, but its always older than what you want it to be.  Im closer to becoming extinct.  You, like every one else on this planet lives a finite life and its what we make of it that tells how people will remember us.  This reminds me of a quote out of Troy(2004) the movie.

Messenger Boy: Are the stories true? They say your mother was an immortal goddess. They say you can't be killed.
Achilles: I wouldn't be bothering with the shield then, would I?
Messenger Boy: The Thesselonian you're fighting... he's the biggest man i've ever seen. I wouldn't want to fight him.
Achilles: Thats why no-one will remember your name. 

Achilles is remembered still to this day about the things he accomplished in the past.  Human history is a interesting thing.  Do you think that 1000 years from now, someone will remember you? Someone will remember Barack Obama?  Someone will remember George Washington?  I ask this question to my self plenty of times.  In the old days, when there were very few historians, history could not remember every single person on this planet.  History only told about the well known, the greats.  Do you truly have to fight the biggest and strongest man anymore to be remembered? Do you really have to work hard to create something beautiful that will be remembered?

I keep questioning three things in my life.

  • Will I be remembered?
  • Did I have fun doing it?
  • Whats next?

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To break these down, two of the three points have to deal with fun and excitement while the third has to do with history.  I want to make the argument, that its your life, your journey and your expectations.  If you live a great life and enjoy what you have done, then why try to be remembered.  Why even care about being remembered if you had a great life.

I argue that life and the journey is not about being remembered, but by creating a great life.  Your life is all you have.  Why worry if anyone else remembers it.  You remembered it and thats all that counts. This doesn't mean that I don't want to be remembered because I do.  This means that you don't have to fight or kill the biggest man that you have ever seen or fight that hardest fight you have ever fought.  What it means is just have fun doing it and if the history books choose to remember you, then they will.

So the question I am asking you is why are you working on your next idea, your next project, your next adventure?  Are you doing it for others approval or are you doing it for your enjoyment.  Don't create something that others will remember, create something that you will love and enjoy.

My goals in this life are vast and far between, but they are for me and are my hopes and dreams. Not others.

If this post effected you in some way, let me hear how in the comments. Thanks for listening.

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What if I Sold?

2. March 2009 03:20 by Scott in   //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (9)

Lets say, Lets say you sold your company or start up tomorrow and never had to work or worry about money again.  Putting it at a nice round number of $10 mil ($10,000,000).  What would you do next?  Where would you go?  Are you happy with what you have right now?  I contemplated this idea that if I did have that kind of money after just selling my business, I wouldn't try to blow it. Though I would do a few things like pay off my bills of course which would be such a small sampling of that money.  So what would I do next?


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  • I would leave everything behind and go travel for a year.  Get away from everything and just live.
  • I would keep in shape with my new Erg (rowing machine)
  • I would stop setting the alarm clock.
  • I would stop saying I have to work.
  • I would spend more time with my lovely girl friend.
  • I would throw deadlines out the window.
  • I would study up on things. Learn another language that I never had time for while I traveled.
  • Start a charitable foundation that allowed me to improve the world by small increments.
  • Invest in developing nations, give people in third world countries micro loans.
  • Invest in an incubator for other start ups.
  • Live somewhere long enough to learn their language.  Tuscany always sounded nice.
  • Get my teaching certificate and teach kids how to create software in high school, NOT college.
  • Tutor kids.
  • Spend some time in quiet reflection.  Take a few months to clear my mind and gather my thoughts on self worth.
Last, but definitely not least.
  • I would do it again.
  • Create a hacker house for the like minded.
  • Once is luck, but twice is a skill.

Thanks for letting me share.  What are your ideas?  I would love to hear them and see what you would do.  I hopefully one day will have something like this. Lets see what I can do.  

It is possible to make $10 Mil. Just stop telling your self someday.

Remember that:

  1. You make your own choices, and there is always tradeoffs.  Start trading something else for creating a startup.
  2. Stop telling your self someday.  It can easily turn into never.  Don't wait for the stars to align to get it done, just do it now.
"Shoot for the stars and Land on the Moon" - Anonymous

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A Few Problems with ColdFusion

27. February 2009 03:11 by Scott in   //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (23)

I have a couple of Co-Workers who work in ColdFusion along with my Alma Mater. I wanted to see if it was the right thing to do or was there something better than it.  I did find a couple reasons why NOT to use ColdFusion which I have begun to believe in.  Don't want to start a flame war here, but I see a big problem with ColdFusion.

 
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  • It discourages the separation between business logic (the code) and the presentation layer (the layout).  This in turn creates something I like to call spaghetti pages. Bad for code reuse and code readability.
  • Because of the template model it uses, it creates cross site scripting vulnerabilities easier.  Most web frameworks escape the html entity in output automatically.
  • CFML and CFScirpt are poor abstractions.  You just aren't able to write business logic in them.  Some CF components will say to write you business logic in Java classes and then refer to them from CFML. 

This means that CF is a $3000.00 template library with has to be renewed.  Whats the point?

Just putting some thoughts down on paper.

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The Rules of an Entrepreneur

25. February 2009 03:48 by Scott in   //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (18)

You know, I have always wondered like every other entrepreneur what makes some people just so successful and others not successful.  I wrote a blog post a while back on one of my other blogs, I thought I would move over to this one because well it was just so damn popular.  In working with my startup or just one of my start up ideas at DrinkingFor I have to live by the rules stated in that post in which I also found them at GoDaddy in which Bob Parsons is the original author.  I am not trying to take his stage, but rather spread the ideas. Make them known to more people in more places in more types of crowds.  He wrote some 16 rules to live by and I just wanted to express them to the technical crowd that reads this blog.

A vast many of these can be used in an entrepreneur type environment and I feel thats where I am moving more and more every day. So to be as powerful and rich as Parsons, I will start by living by what he says are rules to live by.

1. Get and stay out of your comfort zone.
I believe that not much happens of any significance when we're in our comfort zone. I hear people say, "But I'm concerned about security." My response to that is simple: "Security is for cadavers."

2. Never give up.
Almost nothing works the first time it's attempted. Just because what you're doing does not seem to be working, doesn't mean it won't work. It just means that it might not work the way you're doing it. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it, and you wouldn't have an opportunity.

3. When you’re ready to quit, you’re closer than you think.
There's an old Chinese saying that I just love, and I believe it is so true. It goes like this: "The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed."

4. With regard to whatever worries you, not only accept the worst thing that could happen, but make it a point to quantify what the worst thing could be.
Very seldom will the worst consequence be anywhere near as bad as a cloud of "undefined consequences." My father would tell me early on, when I was struggling and losing my shirt trying to get Parsons Technology going, "Well, Robert, if it doesn't work, they can't eat you."

5. Focus on what you want to have happen.
Remember that old saying, "As you think, so shall you be."

6. Take things a day at a time.
No matter how difficult your situation is, you can get through it if you don't look too far into the future, and focus on the present moment. You can get through anything one day at a time.

7. Always be moving forward.
Never stop investing. Never stop improving. Never stop doing something new. The moment you stop improving your organization, it starts to die. Make it your goal to be better each and every day, in some small way. Remember the Japanese concept of Kaizen. Small daily improvements eventually result in huge advantages.


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8. Be quick to decide.
Remember what General George S. Patton said: "A good plan violently executed today is far and away better than a perfect plan tomorrow."

9. Measure everything of significance.
I swear this is true. Anything that is measured and watched, improves.

10. Anything that is not managed will deteriorate.
If you want to uncover problems you don't know about, take a few moments and look closely at the areas you haven't examined for a while. I guarantee you problems will be there.

11. Pay attention to your competitors, but pay more attention to what you’re doing.
When you look at your competitors, remember that everything looks perfect at a distance. Even the planet Earth, if you get far enough into space, looks like a peaceful place.

12. Never let anybody push you around.
In our society, with our laws and even playing field, you have just as much right to what you're doing as anyone else, provided that what you're doing is legal.  If the law is unfair to you and others, you should do everything in your power to see that doesn't happen anymore going along with not allowing anyone to push you around. Imagine if Rosa Parks would have obeyed the laws! [Thanks Katrina]

13. Never expect life to be fair.
Life isn't fair. You make your own breaks. You'll be doing good if the only meaning fair has to you, is something that you pay when you get on a bus (i.e., fare).

14. Solve your own problems.
You'll find that by coming up with your own solutions, you'll develop a competitive edge. Masura Ibuka, the co-founder of SONY, said it best: "You never succeed in technology, business, or anything by following the others." There's also an old Asian saying that I remind myself of frequently. It goes like this: "A wise man keeps his own counsel."

15. Don’t take yourself too seriously.
Lighten up. Often, at least half of what we accomplish is due to luck. None of us are in control as much as we like to think we are.

16. There’s always a reason to smile.
Find it. After all, you're really lucky just to be alive. Life is short. More and more, I agree with my little brother. He always reminds me: “We’re not here for a long time, we’re here for a good time!”

 

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Why Write to a Blog?

23. February 2009 03:43 by Scott in   //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (28)

Why read Blogs?  Whats really the point of them.  I know my RSS reader has hundreds of blogs on it and I have a morning ritual of going through the reader every day.  I love blogs by why really use them, write to them or read them?  I read a quote the other day that summed it all up.  I forget where I got it, but it was one of those quotes that sticks to you deep.  Its almost like that S.G. Tallentyre Quote (thought to be Voltaire, but not compeltely there.  If you don't know what Voltaire I am talking about, I am talking about the Quote

"I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it". - S.G. Tallentyre

 


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I think blogs are almost like that.  They allow for freedom of speech.  They allow for a person to change anothers mind on things.  If it wasn't for blogs, you wouldn't have a strong Iranian Resistance.  If it wasn't for blogs, many people would still be in their homes in china instead of jails for which China has sent them.  Well the quote I found was almost just as powerful.

 I read your blog every day, I hugely disagree with loads that you write and think you are overly kind to Microsoft.

But....

I'm not going to intimidate, threaten or otherwise cajole you to stop because sometimes you change my mind about stuff And thats the point of reading a blog.

 

I thought that summed up a lot of why I read blogs.  I want to learn, I want to experience, I want my mind changed.  I am open to the world.


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Pay Homage to Paul Baran

20. February 2009 03:43 by Scott in   //  Tags: , , , , ,   //   Comments (25)

Pay Homage to the inventor of Packet Switching in which is one of the foundations of the World Wide Web.  Along with Paul Baran, Donald Davies and Leonard Kleinrock they are the inventors of Packet Switching.  The idea and execution of packet switching is what allows the entire internet to exist in side a giant bubble.  The bubble when tested can reroute it self automatically.  Data that gets sent over the internet is not defined by a single line feed.  It is not defined by a single point of entry and exit.  It is not defined by where the phone lines come and go to.  What defines the direct of data is the whole term packet switching. 

Packet switching in its simplest sense is data transfer of small packets of data over the internet or world wide web in which each packet defines its own highway to get to its destination.  The idea behind it was to have multiple routes to send data.  Developed and designed back in the 60's.  It was to allow for communications to be made over phone lines which had a linear track.  If the soviets back in the 60's decided to bomb the United States in a critical area, they would have taken out phone lines and most likely short wave radio.  Therefore leaving parts of the country un attached to the rest of the country.  An idea had to be created which allowed transfer of information other than phone lines and other than single node transports.  The Packet Switching at that time was being invented by Paul Baran and his team. 


World Wide Webs First Server
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The internet was started by Arpa which is now known as Darpa.  Arpa had the latest and greatest.  There was very little red tape with Arpa and extremely little politics.  If they wanted it, they got it.  Paul was apart of Arpa. 

Al Gore is said to have created the internet which is not entirely false.  He was a leader in providing funding to the world wide web.  If it wasn't for his funding, government funding the WWW wouldn't exist as it does today.  The WWW is still in its infancy but we are further in communication than we would have ever been without it.  So next time you talk to one of your libertarian friends talk about Paul Baran and his creation, but also tell them that if it wasn't for the Government, we wouldn't have the World Wide Web as it is today.

Thank you Paul.  I am able to type in this blog because of what you created.  I am able to make a bit of money on what you helped create.  Silicone Valley is able to exist because of you and your team.  The Global World is able to communicate a bit faster and easier because of what you created.  In the past, it was not done for fame, money or reputation points.  It was done to help the world communicate better, faster and have a more reliable Government.  If you voted for Obama in the past election, thank Paul and his team.  Obama's Presidency would have been very unlikely along with anyone knowing his name if it wasn't for the internet and what Paul helped to create.  The internet is changing the way the government communicates to its citizens.  It is becoming a more transparent system. Instead of worrying about your reputation points or money, why not focus a little more on your community because if it wasn't for the community Paul Baran might have not created Packet Switching.

 


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Making It Big!

18. February 2009 03:18 by Scott in   //  Tags: , , , ,   //   Comments (12)

I am now 24 years old soon to be 25. I have worked for a fairly decent company over the past 2 years and have had a GREAT boss while I was in college.  Before college I was in high school where I created a few websites.  Nothing dynamic as what can be done today, but something that could have made money.  I canceled the site and never saw it again.  I created my first website over 10 years ago and what can I show for it?  I am at my current job creating web services.  I feel more capable on the web than on desktop applications.  I feel in tune with the code on the web than on the desktop.  In the beginning I was a website creator, I was a fairly new internet user in that time and I never truly implemented a business idea in that time.  I never truly made money from any idea that I had except for "the getting paid to surf programs" which were a miserable failure and put a lot of companies out of work. 

I remember when I first heard about a guy who was writing about his daily life and it was called blogging.  I didn't jump on. I remember hearing about Google adwords and adsense, yet I didn't jump on the bandwagon.  I wanted to create a large blogging community.  I wanted to use adsense in the community, yet I didn't.  I had ideas and never used them.


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I am pretty sure there are plenty of people out in the world with billion dollar ideas but have never implemented them.  They have never tried making their ideas worth anything.  I am here today to say that I have created my first business idea.  Its not much and is my first real business idea on the internet in the past 8 years, but I still got it done.  I am tired of wasting time.  I am tired of not getting things done.  I am still working on my ideas and still heading them up.  One idea at a time.  Baby steps until I can some day quit my day job.  Work hours that I choose on time that I choose.  I commit my self to getting out of this work environment and I have a personal goal of doing it in under 2 years.  I want to move on.

For anyone else out there with an idea, put it into motion. Make it happen.  Do good and become successful. Become the person at the party who brags about how you made it big.  I want to make it big and get out of my 9-5 job.  I hope you do it as well. Don't quit.