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Remote working from a park

It’s quiet. I’m compiling some code but can’t even hear the laptop fan moving. While I wait for it to finish, I chat with a visitor to my site. They are from South Africa. And I’m based in Melbourne, Australia. Winter is losing it’s hold. The chill in the air...


Small Pot Sizes Considered Harmful

Last summer I began growing vegetables on my balcony. Never having planted or grown anything in my life, my first question was: What should I grow? Followed by How big should the pot be? We planted a chilli and a tomato. And I picked lots of cute little pots from...


A better baby monitor

Our baby monitor was made by the devil. The way I see it, a baby monitor has a single purpose: A baby monitor will let us hear our baby when he makes something other than normal sleep noises This monitor picks up on the quietest of murmors. That wouldn’t be...


The cold sales tactic that almost worked

I run a startup company. Customers have started paying us - which is great. The “Notification of Payment Received” emails are motivating. Strangely do you know what else is motivating? People tweeting articles from the company blog. After spending time writing in-depth about something that interests us. Nothing feels better...


Buying SaaS is like buying toilet paper

You only charge $40/month for your app. But the public still complains. Why can’t it be a one time payment. Why must I pay for your app every month? Your response probably falls into one of these categories (ordered by effectiveness): Without us, your business earnings would be lower by...


Superannuation an excuse to rip us off, or so I thought

I opened a new superannuation account. And was ripped off. It made me angry and I opened up my editor to write this blog post as a warning for others. A government mandated scam I consider myself fairly computer savvy, and read most of the fine print - most of...


Run Grooveshark webapp from the command line with Google Chrome

I use Firefox. My teammates all use Google Chrome, so I reluctantly switched so that our site would get some field testing under at least two browser types. Firefox uses a lot of memory. Even more so when firebug is active. There are times when my browser will lock up...


The Most Expensive Spreadsheet I've Seen

The age of excess. We were at the end of a decade long economic boom. The massive growth was underpinned by gigantic resource contracts. Mining start ups were floated making their owners overnight mining magnates, without having dug anything out of the ground. The median house price had tripled in...


Why Should I Pay for Your SaaS Every Month?

The presentation had just finished. I closed the laptop screen and looked over the table. Opposite me, the lead engineer looked puzzled. His manager was writing something down on paper with a frown on his face. Inside I was exstatic, potentially another interesting job to work on. “So I have...


The Perfect DIY Yoghurt at Home Recipe

I’ve been making yoghurt at home My secret hobby. Making yoghurt at home, inspired by the thick buffalo curd they make in Sri Lanka. And you know what? It isn’t hard to make. You could eat thick yoghurt every day of the week. Here is how Are you qualified to...