Monthly Archives: January 2018

I’m Giving a Talk at Phoenix Startup Week

We have the 4th Annual TechStars Phoenix Startup Week coming up February 19-23. There’s a topic that I feel passionate about and I thought it would be fun to give a talk about it. So I applied to present it at the Startup Week and was notified in mid-January that I was accepted as a speaker!

My talk is scheduled for February 21 at 3PM. The Title of my talk is:

Pathways, Pitfalls, and Potholes Along the Road to Building a Successful Software MVP

My goal is to make it fairly interactive by engaging the audience at key points to help reinforce certain myths and misunderstandings that most people have.

If you had one question you’d like to know about regarding this topic, post it in the comments below.

Why I look forward to Amazon making mistakes

This might sound weird, but I actually look forward to Amazon screwing up. I have a Prime membership, and I’ve found that they’re usually quite agreeable to pushing out my membership by a month as part of the compensation for their mistakes. Sometimes they offer to do that, and sometimes they’ll offer me a $5 credit to my account. I’ve learned it always pays to ask, though. My membership was supposed to expire last January, but so far I’ve been able to get it extended a year, and just now got another month for something that took me quite a bit of time to resolve.

When they promise a package will show up on Sunday and it arrives on Monday, I don’t usually care, and often expect the delay to happen. Sometimes a package will sit and sit and finally head out and then be a day late. Sometimes I’ll have problems with something on their site. Whatever it is, I contact them and have found it’s pretty easy to get them to give me a month’s credit on my Prime membership. From a financial standpoint, it’s worth about $8.25 to them, so it’s not that big of a deal.

Next time Amazon makes a mistake on your account, think “YES!” and see if you can’t get an extra month added to your Prime membership. Let me know how it goes for you. 😉

Welcome Back!

“Welcome back my friends
to the show that never ends.
I’m so glad you could attend.
Come Inside! Come inside!”

All of my WP sites were getting bombarded with nonstop attacks from places all over the world trying to break-in. This is a huge problem and it affects everybody’s blogs. I feel sorry for the hosting companies as I’m sure that 80% or more of their incoming traffic are these probes trying to access non-existent files. Most of them are using paths common to IIS, Microsoft’s Windows Server. This is a Linux host. You’d think they’d make a tiny effort to figure that out (it’s pretty easy) and not waste resources hammering away at stuff that’s just not there.

Anyway, I got tired of reading my logs and traffic patterns and seeing so much traffic from these hackers and so little from regular visitors, so I just shut down the site. I tend to post a lot on Facebook anyway, although most of it is political junk. (I’m not one to document my life in social media, or anywhere online for that matter.)

But someone just contacted me about some links he had on his blog pointing to some articles back here and I decided to go ahead and reactivate the blog. So here we are! I’ll make a renewed effort to post more here instead of just on FB.