Business

January 27, 2015

Adopting a Performance Focus With Software Development

Over the past few years I have given a number of talks and written multiple blog posts on the topic of performance optimization as it relates to software development.  These postings have been very technical in nature and focus greatly on the problem solving aspects of application performance.  However as I review my presentations one of the most critical aspects of application performance is actually business organization and dedication to application performance.  In this post I would like to review the common approaches that I see within development teams and easy ways for management to encourage positive change to focus more on development.

January 02, 2010

Expedia Twice Burned Not Going for Number Three

OK, so normally I try to keep the number of personal, non-tech, blog postings to a minimum on this site, since most of my readers are here for the technical content.  Well, this time I am going to make an exception.  For those of you that follow me on

Twitter

you may have already heard bits-and-pieces of my travel fiasco from last night -> this morning.  Well for the benefit of others, I thought I would share some details on my two major Expedia failures this year.

July 30, 2009

Acronis Backup and Recovery 10 Review

As some readers of this blog might have known about 2 weeks ago, I suffered from a critical hardware component failure on my primary development machine.  Initially unsure of the exact issue I was seeing the hard drive as a potential failure point.  It was at that point that I realized exactly how horrible it would be if the drive failed.  Don't get me wrong, I have backups both locally, in my source control system remotely, as well as in the cloud using Jungle Disk.  But the total time to recovery would be massive.  I have a list of around 100 or so applications that would need to be installed to get me back to "full" working state.  Not an easy task!  Luckily for me, it was some bad RAM and the system was restored after my new RAM came in.

However, this was a very enlightening experience for me and prompted me to re-visit the concept of disk imaging.  This is what prompted the review of Acronis Backup and Recovery, as it is my selected and implemented solution for the long term.

February 25, 2009

Recurring Billing with Quickbooks

I know I typically blog here about .NET and DotNetNuke, but I have been fielding more and more questions via e-mail about how I manage my business.  So it was with that, and a recent question that I had of my own that I might try making a few business related posts here.  If there ends up being interest, I will continue with some general business items, otherwise, we will just go back to the regular scheduled programming!

Now, on to the issue at hand, when running a business such as mine, it is very common to have "recurring" invoices.  Say for hosting or support items that may be monthly, quarterly or yearly.  Up until now I have been using a crude system to remember, and honestly it hasn't been all that effective.  Having Quickbooks I figured there would be a way of doing it, but for the life of me I couldn't remember.  So I posted out to Twitter to see if anyone had recommendations, and in literally 5 minutes @BrandonHaynes responded with the perfect solution, and that is what I explain below.

September 07, 2008

Why and How I Partner

Over the past few weeks since I announced that my company, IowaComputerGurus Inc. was going to be an exhibitor at OpenForce ’08 this November I have been asked a few questions by the community.  I feel that the answers to these questions are items that should be aired publicly; therefore I am posting this information here for all to see.  The two questions that have been coming up quite a bit recently are; Why are you sharing a booth with Seablick Consulting, and How do you choose your business partners.  I will start by addressing the second question, and returning to answer the first.

August 01, 2008

Review of BaseCamp

In the past I have completed reviews of various DotNetNuke modules, components, and skins, however, recently I have been receiving a number of e-mails with questions about how I manage my business.  Typically these questions have been from individuals that are just starting out with consulting business, or those looking for better ways to manage their pending products.  Once item that I always recommend to people is BaseCamp, a hosted project management solution provided by 37Signals.  This article will go through the features/services offered, and why I use it to manage all projects.

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