Wed 23 Mar 2005
Brendan at Five
Category : Commentary/brendanAtFive.txt
Our kid's five today. He figures in these pages because he's the reason why I'm doing the things I'm doing these days. We used to work six or seven-day weeks, my wife and I, but we've had to change the way we lived ever since he arrived.
I've mentioned Michael Gerber's "The E-Myth Revisited" a few times in these pages. I've lived through the horrors that many entrepreneurs go through and on Brendan's second birthday, I decided that there must be a better way. Otherwise, I wouldn't be around to watch him grow.
I talked to a friend the other day, who's running his own company, and he often sleeps over at his office. And so nothing has changed. If you don't make your business work like a machine, you're going to run yourself into the ground.
So these pages are a chronicle of my journey to build a business machine of my own. It could be a business that helps other people build business machines of their own, through the systems that I can design, the software that I can write, or the ideas that I can share. Or it could be that we finally found a business that we can run, using the systems that we've built ourselves.
Whatever it is, I'm still finding my way there.
You know those Rich Dad, Poor Dad books? Don't laugh at them. There's power in some of those ideas. If I had known at 20 the things that I understand now, I would be where I want to be a lot sooner than I have - and that is to live a life of some leisure so that I can work like a demon on the things that interest me.
Rich Dad? Poor Dad? I guess I should just aim to be a good dad, after all.
WebServer Monitor 1.0.2
Category : Technology/WebServerMonitor102.txt
OK, release 1.0.2 of WebServer Monitor is up for download. You can now sort the columns, rearrange the column order any way you want, and when you export the log records out (in comma-separated-values format now and possibly tab-delimited and what else later), it'll open up in, say Excel, in the exact same order you have on your log window.
Cocoa programming is really so much fun. I like the way a lot of its power remains hidden and unobstrusive and you can just reach out and use them and put them away when you're done.
I'm going to re-do some of the things using Cocoa Bindings now and see if I can add in a search field.
Throw away your 4th Dimension, FileMaker Pro, Real or Visual Basic. Cocoa is it.