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Just signed up for WPEngine

WPEngine is a super fast WordPress hosting company based in Austin, TX that fills the hosting gap between WordPress’s super expensive privately hosted VIP service and their mainstream free WordPress.com site. (VIP service is $3750 a month!)

I’ve hosted with them before at the $99 a month price which is … Read the rest

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AppFog – Platform as a Service for hackers

I signed up for a new PaaS called AppFog which uses resources from multiple providers including HP Cloud, Rackspace, AWS and more.  The platform manages and shifts resources around for you so that you focus on deploying your app and let them focus on deploying the runtime environment.

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Sparrow acquired by Google

I’m really not happy about this announcement. Sparrow is being acquired by Google in an acqui-hire deal. Google has no plans to continue the Sparrow product line so they will kill it. This is the part that makes me sad.

The Sparrow product line includes a Mac client and an … Read the rest

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How to retain your employees

Great article from Fred Wilson on retaining your employees. He says that the big factor for low morale is a lack of communication. In his words:

Communication – the single greatest contributor to low morale is lack of communication. Employees need to know where the company is headed, what they

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Recycling domains after you die?

The world’s second best surfer celebrates his birthday today. I know this because people are sending him birthday wishes to my @joshkerr Twitter account. This 28 year old Australian phenom with the same name as me has no chance on ever owning a “joshkerr” on any social media accounts. I’ll … Read the rest

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Using File Vault 2 with multiple drives

File Vault 2 is Mac OS X Lion’s new whole disk encryption system. It is baked into the OS and uses whole disk encryption to protect your entire disk, not just your home folder. This is easy to enable from the Security preferences panel which lets you encrypt your boot … Read the rest

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How to win a DemoGod award

You have six minutes to summarize the product you’ve been working on for the past three years. There are 500 journalists and venture capitalists in the audience that you need to impress in order for your business to have a fighting chance. The spot lights are glaring, the room is … Read the rest

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I almost invented Napster

I almost invented Napster in 1996, more than a year before Napster was created. I was in the right space at the right time, but when it was all said and done, I missed the opportunity. People often say “think outside the box” but inventing a new disruptive technology takes … Read the rest