Build it for you and scratch your own itch. Worry about customers later.

Building a software product is hard, and trying to sell it is even harder. However, if you are a coder or designer you probably enjoy starting and building new projects. As a coder myself, every time I run across what I consider a good idea I immediately get a domain name and start mocking or even coding an application based on this idea. I usually do this because often is a chance to try new technologies, it can potentially solve a problem that I might be having and because it is fun!

When creating these applications, there’s always the thought about building something that not only helps me try out new technologies and scratch my own itch, but also something that can be interesting enough for others to use it. I know what you are thinking now… this is the wrong way of doing things and it goes against the idea that you need to prove your idea before you start coding, blah, blah, blah. You see, I still believe in the idea that if you build something that is useful for you, chances are that other people will find it useful as well. Continue reading Build it for you and scratch your own itch. Worry about customers later.

Tech leaders react to Steve Jobs death

Steve Jobs 1955 - 2011Just hours after the sad news about Steve Jobs’ death, the tech community reacted in the various social network platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Twitter’s website was down for a few minutes because of all the people commenting about this and Hacker news was so slow that my guess is that it was about to go down as well because of the massive traffic of people wanting to know more about Job’s death. Continue reading Tech leaders react to Steve Jobs death

Steve Jobs dies at 56

Steve Jobs dies at 56Steve Jobs was announced dead today October 5, 2011 by Apple, Inc. He was 56. Jobs suffered a number of serious health issues over the last couple of years.

In 2004, he announced he had form of pancreatic cancer … and had a tumor successfully removed from his pancreas later that year.

In 2009, Jobs received a liver transplant after announcing his “health-related issues were more complex than I thought.”

Earlier this year he resigned from his position as CEO of Apple, Inc. He is gone from this world but his work will be remembered by all of us who have admired him for his great vision and creativity, rest in peace Steve.

Bill Gates co-founder of Microsoft has already expressed his condolences in his blog:

I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work.

Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives.

The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come. 

For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor.  I will miss Steve immensely.

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Bank of America Website Still Down – Cyber Attack?

Bank of America’s home page and online banking have been down or operating very slowly for at least the past 24 hours. The disruption came a day after the bank said it would start charging a $5 monthly fee for debit card purchases. The news about the new fee was not taken lightly by the many Bank Of America’s customers who started to express their opinions about this coming fee in many social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

A spokeswoman for the bank, Tara Burke, said earlier Friday that the site had been fully restored after experiencing difficulties between 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Eastern. Burke was not immediately available to explain the later difficulties.

Burke declined to say why the earlier problems occurred or say how widespread they were. She said customers who couldn’t sign onto their accounts still could bank via text message, at ATMs and at branches. She said the problems weren’t the result of hacking… As of Saturday October 1, 2011 the site is still experiencing problems:

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