Author Archives: David Schwartz

Looking for a domain with a unique TLD?

Are you looking for great deals on domain names with new TLDs? Check this out…
 
For those who don’t know, a “TLD” is the tail-end part of an internet domain name. The originals were .net, .org, .mil, .edu and a few others. Then the .com TLD came along (short for “COMmercial” sites) and that’s when the internet took off.
 
Today there are literally over 1000 different TLDs available, although most folks still only really consider .com, .net, and .org. (See the end for a sample.)
 
If you bother looking around for domain names, it’s fairly common to charge $9-$12 per year for domains with these common TLDs. Also, a popular upsell is a “privacy” option. This keeps people from “scraping” the listings with your contact information and sending you bogus renewal notices that are designed to trick you into switching registrars. The contact info is required by law to be correct, so data aggregators also like to scrape this data to use it as authoritative reference material for the hundreds if not thousands of other data records they collect from your daily use of the internet.

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New Header Photo

I was able to buy the house I’ve been renting for the past couple of years. It’s on the south side of a road where the north side abuts the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. There’s a mountain to my north called Shaw Butte that has a bunch of phone service repeater towers on it. I took this photo on a very rare day when it was raining (yes, in Phoenix!) while the sun was out. So a double rainbow was visible for a little while.

This was in October, 2018. We got a record amount of rainfall that month. It was pretty crazy. The dirt and rocks in my yard were hidden beneath 4′ tall plants of some kind. I have no idea what they were or where they came from, but they didn’t seem to grow on the desert side of the street. Just in yards and the alleyway behind my house. 

I rented a weed-wacker at Home Depot for a weekend and took most of them out. It cost $100. I had to do it a few more times, so I just bought one for myself. What a mess it was. Now I’ve got hundreds of little 2″-4″ sticks poking out of the ground all over the yard that crunch when you step on them.

Off To The (Retirement) Races!

Well, it looks like it has been a while since I’ve posted. Sheesh. I post a ton of stuff on Facebook, mostly political rants in my public feed, tho. (They seem to keep the riff-raff away.) The interesting stuff is all in private groups that can’t be seen outside of them. 

The problem with so-called “social media” is that most people have different facets in our lives. We spend time in different communities with different people, and they don’t typically overlap. Social media assumes your entire life is an open book, and everybody sees everything. I don’t know too many people like that. Maybe it’s a generational thing.

I can’t imagine having 1000+ friends in 8th grade and growing up with that many luantics in tow. I went to the same grade school and high school, and couldn’t wait to get into college so I could get away from those folks. Over half of my life was spent with a lot of them, and I didn’t care if I never saw any of them ever again. Continue reading

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.

Apple to Open-Source Swift Programming Language

At Apple’s World-Wide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) this week, Apple made a bunch of interesting announcements. Everybody seems to have focused on their Apple Music announcement. Yawn. This was their DEVELOPER’S CONFERENCE. As a “developer”, I’m not sure what the big deal is behind that, although it’ll certainly appeal to a lot of “regular Jane’s and Joe’s”.

But as a DEVELOPER, the most significant announcement I heard was this: Apple announced Swift 2.0, and that they are making the Swift language and programming platform OPEN-SOURCE. WOW!

Why is that significant? Because it turns out that Swift has been experiencing the fastest up-take of any programming language and platform in the history of programming! Not only that, there are more people learning Swift today than any other programming language, and it’s not even being formally taught in any schools yet. WOW!

Check this out:

June Headline: TIOBE Index for June 2015: Objective-C to Swift migration process at full speed.

For the first time ever, Swift entered the Top-20 list of TIOBE’s programming languages list, after less than one year since it was introduced to the world. This is AMAZING! I’ll probably start spending some time learning Swift because it’s growing so quickly.

As an aside, I’m seeing ads for Swift Devs who’ve got 3+ years of experience with Swift, which is indicative of how silly so many job reqs have gotten. Who the heck writes these ads? Swift is barely 4 years old, and nobody but the dev team inside of Apple has been aware of it for more than 2 years. But, hey, you can be assured that there are plenty of folks applying for jobs claiming they’ve got 3+ years of Swift experience! The sad part is, you cannot get interviewed by these companies if you don’t check the boxes with experience that they’re looking for.

(My favorite language, Delphi/Pascal has also moved up in the list. Between Delphi and Pascal, they’re at 2.7%, which is just below PHP. I don’t see any evidence of people hiring more Delphi developers, but this index suggests it’s happening … somewhere.)

Tesla’s New Battery Biz + The Future of Energy in America

I noticed this article on redef.com:

Tesla Isn’t An Automaker. It’s A Battery Company

I tend to agree with this for several reasons. Here’s my thinking.

The use of batteries in our power grid has some HUGE economic potentials and benefits. They’ll fundamentally transform our utilities from businesses built around power generation to business built around power distribution and management, and they’ll significantly reduce the need to build any more power plants for a couple of decades, if ever. (I say “if ever” because as renewable power sources come online, they’ll offset the need for centralized power generation at a rate similar to the adoption of batteries.)

Here’s why:

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Interesting Marketing Dilemma

I’ve been working on turning idea that originally came to me 20 years ago into an app. In the process, it’s taking some interesting twists and turns.

It all started out 20 years ago while I was at a sound healing conference. Some of us were sitting around talking about different things, and we got onto the topic of guided meditations (GMs). At one point, someone complained about the fact that GM tapes and CDs tend to be expensive ($15-$30) and you only listen to them two or three times.

Now, there are some really interesting reasons why that’s the case that I’m not going to get into here, but it highlighted a problem. After a little while, I mentioned that I was a software developer, and someone suggested I come up with a way to generate randomized GMs via software.  Continue reading

Apologies on light posting

A friend recently asked me why I don’t post more here on the blog. Hmmm…. I guess because I post a lot on Facebook instead. Actually, a large portion of my FB posts are political in nature, and the vast majority of them are replies to other posts or shares of other posts.

A blog requires one to come up with original content — in my mind, anyway. I tend to be fairly opinionated, but it’s usually in relation to things others say, either pro or con. Without reposting the original material here, there’s no context for my reply, which seems to defeat the purpose.

Oh, well. I’ll see what I can do about coming up with some original content.

That also needs to include more stories about Delphi, so if anybody has any Delphi-related questions that I can address, please feel free to ask!