Custom Application Development:

Independent software developer


November 29, 2008  12:50 PM

Not Fun? Why Do IT?



Posted by: SJC
Independent software developer, IT careers, IT Management, work-life balance

While doing some cleanup yesterday I ran across my "spare" bumper sticker which I purchased at a Ben & Jerry's a few summers ago.  At the time I purchased 2 of the stickers because I loved the message so much - 1 for the car I was driving then, and 1 for my next car.  The time has come - next...

November 26, 2008  10:04 PM

Another IT Moment for the Developer



Posted by: SJC
Hardware failure, Independent software developer, IT administration, IT Business, network failure

Some years ago I worked very hard to extricate myself from the "hardware" issues which I found myself having to deal with instead of developing -- which (at least most of the time) I love doing!  Dealing with "hardware" however I do NOT love doing.  Then comes the panic call -- customer down,...


November 24, 2008  5:08 PM

Holiday Madness



Posted by: SJC
CIO, Independent software developer, IT administration, IT Management, Small Business Computing, work-life balance

As we in the U.S. approach our annual Thanksgiving Day celebrations I am reminded once again of the importance of setting priorities for work-life balance.  This came to my attention as I found myself "filling-up" on "things"  (business related) that I could do during the time that my clients...


November 21, 2008  12:50 PM

SEO and the Independent Developer



Posted by: SJC
Independent software developer, SEO

In the last couple of months I have found myself, like so many others, listening to the gloom and doom forecasts of economic slowdown (and worse) wondering how it will affect me.  Last month I blogged (really got on a soapbox) about developer pricing in my post "


November 20, 2008  2:44 PM

Cynical Thoughts of an Independent Software Developer



Posted by: SJC
CIO, humor, Independent software developer, IT Business

My hope is that all my readers will forgive me for my recent lack of blog writing, as I have been very busy on behalf of all independent developers while flying my personal jet (...shown here) to congress to lobby for a bailout bill for...


October 8, 2008  6:00 AM

Service Pricing Thoughts for the Independent Developer



Posted by: SJC
Independent programming, Independent software developer

So here we are -- the stock market still sliding downward  (...or is it a free-fall?), unemployment rising, IT jobs being cut, and seemingly unending bad news on the economic front!  If you are on an IT payroll somewhere, you may be concerned about your future with the company - and rightfully...


September 30, 2008  1:57 PM

The Economy and Custom Programs



Posted by: SJC
Independent software developer, Small Business Computing, Software Quality

Well, the DOW reached a record loss for one day of trade -- we're in a credit crunch (...so say the "experts") -- home values continue to drop in most areas -- and in short, the economy is a mess! One of my favorite on-line writers (Bob Lewis) has posted a couple of great reads once again in his...


August 6, 2008  12:30 PM

Independent Development Business



Posted by: SJC
Independent programming, Independent software developer, Single person business, Small Business, Small Business Computing, very small business

My work day started today with the usual quick scan through the multitude of emails that I receive daily.  I have always found this activity a gentle way to start my day (which generally begins somewhere between 5:30 and 6:30 AM).  I've also found that at times my attention is directed to...


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