Archive for May, 2007

On the road again…

Posted in Daily Entries on May 29th, 2007 by Mike Taber – Be the first to comment

just can’t wait to get on the road again…Willie Nelson

Well, I’m down in Texas this week. I haven’t been in Texas in nearly 10 years. Not since I was with Clearwire and the senior management flew me down to give a presentation on how I was going to save the company $20 million by building them software rather than outsourcing the project.

Traveling has its highs and lows. On one hand, it’s very nice to know that I’m going to be able to help a company solve some of their security problems. On the other hand, I left my house at 7:30am and got to my hotel here in Texas at just after 6:30pm. With the one hour time zone difference, I had been traveling for 12 hours. That sucks. And on Memorial Day of all days, a day which I would have otherwise had off. I also wish I didn’t have to leave the wife and 3 month old at home for a week at a time.

But, that’s the price I have to pay for being self employed. Sometimes I work extra hours because the work is there and you don’t know when it’s going to dry up. I was thinking about my situation the other day and I realized that I’ve been self employed for just over 18 months now. By contrast, this blog is 21 months old. I should probably have some sort of celebration or contest or something, but I’ve been building three other websites in addition to this blog, so I just don’t have the time to do something special. Maybe this October when I’ve been self employed for 2 years I’ll throw a blowout party and buy myself a kegerator. I’ve always wanted to have Guinness on tap.

I’ve gotten a few questions from my readers about how to find clients, and generally how to get started in consulting, so I’ve been trying to piece together an article or two about that. Also, I’ve been talking to the person who purchased the singlefounder.com website, trying to figure out if there’s a way we might be able to work together on the site to help other people who want to start their own companies. We’ll see how all that plays out. There’s a lot on my plate right now and I really don’t want to bite off more than I can chew. This week I should have time to make some serious headway on the articles, but it does make me wish that cloning technology would get better or that the days would get longer.

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Domain Names

Posted in Daily Entries on May 20th, 2007 by Mike Taber – 4 Comments

As an addendum to my previous story about my stolen GPS, I checked some local pawn shops and had no luck. I realized after I made that post that the thief also stole a bag of mints from my car. Let’s see here. I’ll steal a $1,000 GPS device, not bother to take the charger, and looky here! A bag of mints! Score!

Who’s the bigger moron? The guy who stole the GPS or the guy who left it in the car? I’m starting to wonder.

Anyway, the point of today’s post is that today, I went to register a new domain name and found that it had already been snagged by someone else just yesterday. I checked into it about two months ago thinking it would be great to snag singlefounder.com and post articles about how to start your own company and offer moral support for those taking the leap on their own. Unfortunately, it was just registered by someone else.

oops.

This isn’t the first time this has happened to me. For example, this is how I ended up with miketaber.net instead of miketaber.com. I think that by now, I’ve learned my lesson. From now on, whenever I think of a good domain name, even if I don’t have any time or content to put into it right away, I’m going to register it immediately and figure out the details later. For a mere $10/year, that seems like a no brainer, but I guess it takes getting burned a few times before you learn.

I think I’ll learn not to leave the GPS in my car after just one lesson though. Otherwise, it could get pretty expensive.

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Where are we going?

Posted in Daily Entries on May 5th, 2007 by Mike Taber – 6 Comments

Today, I’m on something of a vacation. Sure, it’s Saturday and every Saturday should be a vacation day, but as a single founder, you realize that working 9-5 just isn’t enough when you’re flying solo. I’m actually headed to upstate New York to visit family.

Last fall, I bought a Garmin Nuvi 660 GPS to help me when I travel. I was spending a lot of time on the road in places I’d never been before and having a GPS was going to be well worth the money. I did my homework and bought one that got a lot of good reviews. Not to mention it was a top of the line model when I bought it so I felt it would last me a while.

This morning, I went out to my car to get my GPS, as we’re taking my wife’s car to New York. Two words… not there. Between last Wednesday and this morning, someone stole the GPS out of my car.

I know what you’re thinking. I’m an idiot for leaving it in my car to begin with. In my defense, I typically lock my car and the car has not only an alarm system, but has Lojack installed as well. To me, this would make it pretty secure, right? Unfortunately, this past two weeks, my car alarm has been sort of flaking out on me. It doesn’t always arm, nor does the remote always seem to work. I’ve been meaning to have it looked at but have been so busy that I haven’t made the time. Talk about a costly mistake!

I’m going to file a police report, check to see if it’s covered by my insurance in any way, shape or form, and check a few local pawn shops. The genius who stole it didn’t bother to take the charger/mounting unit that was also in my car, already plugged in and mounted on the windshield. So, not only have I had the GPS stolen, it’s basically useless to whomever took it.

I had pretty much my whole trip planned around using the GPS. I was going to use it to get to my hotel, a few restaurants, etc. I know the area, but I’m staying in Syracuse and I’m not nearly as familiar with Syracuse as I am with Rochester. Before leaving the house this morning, I had to furiously print out a few maps of a couple places to be able to find the hotel and a restaurant that we plan on going to.

Fortunately, there is backup technology. As I write this blog entry, I’m cruising along at around 65 + 0×0A mph on the Masspike headed west(my wife is driving), compliments of the Verizon mobile broadband card that I got last month. I already checked and I can pull up Google Maps and use it just as if I were back in my office. I just need to be a bit careful of the battery life, since it’s only charged about 40%. I probably wouldn’t have brought it, except that without the GPS, I needed to be able to find stuff and the hotel I’m staying at offers wireless internet.

I had originally been concerned about the 5GB arbitrary limit placed on my broadband access, but I’ve found that if I avoid doing downloads and use it primarily to stay connected and in emergencies, then it’s not a big deal. It would be hard to hit 5GB of transfer in a single month just looking at email and browsing most web pages.

I think I’d feel worse about it if I’d paid for it out of my own pocket, but it was a corporate purchase. I don’t really have any experience with theft, but at least I’m in the good company of Eric Sink, who had two Mac Mini’s stolen from him at TechEd a few years ago.

Eric’s story: link1
Eric’s story: link2

His story reminds me every time I fly to not put anything electronic that I might need in my luggage. I guess I’ll stop leaving it in my car as well.

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