It’s interesting to know just how often you’re sitting on your computer wishing that you could easily send whatever you’re looking at to your mobile device. Last year I was working on a project called Blurbii, which was a Mac, iOS and Web app that gave users the ability to do nothing more than drag and drop resources to the menu bar, and instantly receive a push notification to their iOS device with the content they sent. It never launched. Monetizing would be a nightmare. It’s such a niche product, etc. Today though, I’m releasing Blurbii for Mac. You still drag and drop pieces of text to the menu bar icon. Instead of receiving a push notification though, you get a QR code that you scan on your mobile phone. It’s awesome because you don’t need an iPhone (even Blackberry has a QR scanner). I’ll be improving Blurbii a bit more through the next couple of weeks. My goal is to get file sharing in there. QR Scanner will be updated to handle Blurbii displays and shy away from just being a QR scanner. There are hundreds of scanners on the App Store. I want mine to be different. If Blurbii interests you as a project, follow me on Twitter: @raphaelcaixeta. I’d love to hear your feedback! Download Blurbii, v1
There comes a time after you’ve done the same thing for a while that you begin to feel like you’re an expert. That’s awesome for you. A great feeling. A feeling where you feel like you’re in absolute control. That’s also where a comfort zone is created – and although good, it can often prevent you from exploring new things. Things that you would love if tried, but you’re too scared because what you’re doing works. Try to step out of your comfort zone once or twice. It may feel weird at first, but after you get the basics down, it may be better than what you were doing previously! If not, oh well – you were good at something before that. Don’t ever settle for just good and stay complacent. Keep it moving until it’s perfect. And then make it even better.
It seems like every time a free, popular product gets shut down or “acquihired”, an uproar comes up on the social networks. But should you really be surprised when a product goes away when everything was free? How exactly did you expect the developer to pay their bills and maintain the product you loved so very much? You should seriously avoid using products that do not ask for money. It should come as no surprise that your favorite product is shutting down or the developer sold the project to a bigger company when revenue was not properly planned. If you absolutely love a product that you currently use, make sure that the developer is generating some sort of revenue. It’s unrealistic to run a product without any sort of money coming in. It’s even better if the product you use has some sort of recurring revenue plan. Products that only require a one time payment have to gain an incredible customer base to cover on-going costs. With money coming in, aside from operation costs being taken care of, the developer will be constantly motivated to improve the product on a regular basis. In the end, opt to use products that you know earn the developer money. Even if you’re not the one paying, others might. Money coming in to a developer assures that the product you love to use stays around. P.S. This is not directed at the Google Reader situation. Just a general discussion.