10 Rules for web startups From Evan Williams

Filed under: General — russell @ 6:44 pm

Pretty wise guy Evan Williams (ex-founder of blogger.com), gives 10 rules for web startups. I think many apply to startups in general. You can find them all here


heres just 1 for yah... or you can read them all (if not from Evan's Blog) after the jump

#1: Be Narrow
Focus on the smallest possible problem you could solve that would potentially be useful. Most companies start out trying to do too many things, which makes life difficult and turns you into a me-too. Focusing on a small niche has so many advantages: With much less work, you can be the best at what you do. Small things, like a microscopic world, almost always turn out to be bigger than you think when you zoom in. You can much more easily position and market yourself when more focused. And when it comes to partnering, or being acquired, there's less chance for conflict. This is all so logical and, yet, there's a resistance to focusing. I think it comes from a fear of being trivial. Just remember: If you get to be #1 in your category, but your category is too small, then you can broaden your scope—and you can do so with leverage.



SQL Server 2005 Feature Pack

Filed under: General — russell @ 8:34 pm

Lots of good things for SQL Server 2005 can be downloaded from here:

MS SQL Server 2005 Feature Pack

Microsoft ADOMD.NET
Microsoft Core XML Services (MSXML) 6.0
Microsoft OLEDB Provider for DB2
Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 Management Pack for Microsoft SQL Server 2005
Microsoft SQL Server 2000 PivotTable Services
Microsoft SQL Server 2000 DTS Designer Components
Microsoft SQL Server Native Client
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services 9.0 OLE DB Provider
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Backward Compatibility Components (DMO, DSO, DTS)
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Command Line Query Utility
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Datamining Viewer Controls
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 JDBC Driver
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Management Objects Collection
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Mobile Edition
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Notification Services Client Components
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Upgrade Advisor
Microsoft .NET Data Provider for mySAP Business Suite
Reporting Add-In for Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2005 Express


Check it out Worflow engine for .Net

Filed under: General — russell @ 8:12 pm

Part of my dissertation topic is going to involve web services. I have been trying to find a good free .Net workflow engine. Of course I could not find any... until now:

Microsoft Windows Workflow engine for VS 2005


An interesting command shell class for .Net

Filed under: General — russell @ 3:06 pm

I found an interesting implementation of shelling commands from .Net. Check it out here: