I had a discussion with fellow British bootstrapper Robin Warren about what running a lifestyle business means to us. Click the link to listen:
I was a guest on episode 21 of Bootstrapped.fm, the podcast of Andrey Butov and Ian Landsman. The discussion was very wide-ranging, touching on SAAS vs web, the Qt development environment, the royal wedding, A/B testing, capoeira, Adwords, the history of shareware, my new training course and lots more besides. I really enjoyed it. Boostrapped.fm also has a thriving discussion forum at discuss.bootstrapped.fm.
Mike Dulin has just uploaded an MP3 of an interview we did at SIC 2009 for Sharewareradio.com. In the 15 minutes we discuss marketing, how I got started with PerfectTablePlan, ads, the wedding industry, newsletters, the ASP, this blog and more. There are some problems with the recording levels, but hopefully that doesn’t detract too much.
I was recently interviewed by Bob Walsh and Patrick Foley for The Startup Success Podcast, episode 25. We cover a wide ange of topics including: microISVs, conversion ratios, being specific, PerfectTablePlan, usability, the global recession, software award scams, ‘works with vista’ certification, stackoverflow.com and twitter. I wonder how much I have to pay them to edit out the ‘ums’?
I have been redecorating the house the last couple of days. Wielding a paintbrush only requires about 5% of my brain cycles, so I have been using the excess capacity to listen to podcasts from Software Engineering Radio and IT Conversations Network.
Currently Software Engineering Radio has 102 podcasts, on topics as diverse as game development , Erlang, static analysis and LISP . IT Conversations is even more diverse. They are a great way to keep up to date, especially if you have a long commute.
 Don’t miss the weird bonus song at the end: “God wrote in LISP”.
According to Jeff Atwood:
Stackoverflow is sort of like the anti-experts-exchange (minus the nausea-inducing sleaze and quasi-legal search engine gaming) meets wikipedia meets programming reddit. It is by programmers, for programmers, with the ultimate intent of collectively increasing the sum total of good programming knowledge in the world. No matter what programming language you use, or what operating system you call home. Better programming is our goal.
According to Joel Spolsky:
There is nothing there yet, apart from a podcast. But, with their combined talents and high profiles, it could be a great resource for software developers. I will be watching with interest.
The Internet is a cornucopia of useful resources for software developers and marketers. As well as all the documentation, forums, blogs and wikis there are some great audio and video resources. Here are some of my favourites:
NerdTV – Robert Cringely interviews famous names from the software industry.
Shareware Radio – Mike Dullin interviews shareware authors and microISVs in his inimitable style.
The MicroISV show on channel 9 – Michael Lehman and Bob Walsh interview people of interest to microISVs.
.Net rocks and Hanselminutes – Carl Franklin and Scott Hanselman interview people of interest to .Net/Windows developers. Some of the programs are Microsoft-heavy Silverlight/Orcas/WPF alphabetti spaghetti yawn-athons, but others are of more general interest.
TED talks – The great and the good talk on a wide range of subjects, including technology.
These sites contain hours of great material. Long drives/walks/waits need never be boring again. Please add a comment if I have missed any good ones.