Google Chrome is "Officially" Released; and Gmail is still in Beta?

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Well, talk about interesting. As seen in this article, Google has dropped the beta label from its web browser, called Chrome.

  Why do I find this interesting? Well, a product coming out of beta into release is actually kinda normal in software development. But, I have been using Gmail for over 4 years, and it is still in Beta!! I even wrote about this before.

  Something tells me that Gmail is a little more stable than Chrome at this point in time. Maybe I am wrong. Heck, though, there isn’t even a Mac version of Chrome yet! :-)

10 Types Of Programmers

I read an interesting, and rather humorous, commentary about the 10 types of programmers you will find out in the field. My thinking is that many software developers fall into more than one of these camps depending on the situation. For example, I can safely say that I have been a Ninja, a Code Cowboy (yes, I admit I have written spaghetti code) and an Evangelist ---- on the same project! Here is my favorite:

#4: Vince Neil

This 40-something is a throwback to 1984 in all of the wrong ways. Sporting big hair, ripped stonewashed jeans, and a bandana here or there, Vince sits in the office humming Bon Jovi and Def Leppard tunes throughout the workday. This would not be so bad if “Pour Some Sugar on Me” was not so darned infectious.

Vince is generally a fun person to work with, and actually has a ton of experience, but just never grew up. But Vince becomes a hassle when he or she tries living the rock ‘n roll lifestyle to go with the hair and hi-tops. It’s fairly hard to work with someone who carries a hangover to work every day.

....and, yes, Pour Some Sugar On Me *is* infectious if you hear it enough. It's crazy! :-)

So what type of business am I going to go into?

Let me just answer the question first. Here is the short list:

  • Micro-ISV
  • Software Consultant/Contractor
  • Partnerhip 

So, the first question on *your* mind should be "You are quitting your day job, and you don't know what you business is going to be yet?!?"

Well, the answer to that question is yes and no -- very decisive ;-)

I am following the 10 steps to open for business from StartupNation

With the exception of maybe step #1, it is a good idea to know what type of business you want to start.

At this point, I am going to be doing something in software. My first inclination is a Micro-ISV. (This term was coined by Eric Sink and talked about by folks like Michael Lehman and Bob Walsh) I do have some ideas. However, this requires a lot of decision making. Will I have a partner or two? Will I fund it myself? Can my ideas sell? All that stuff. But they are questions, I know I can answer.

I am also looking into partnering with someone who is also venturing out on his own. My primary lead is with someone I have worked with before and have a good rapport with -- a key ingredient; no, *the* key ingredient in any partnership.

 And, I am looking into contracting and consulting as well -- this could be done in conjunction with being a Micro-ISV.

Now to answer what should have been *your* first question. I do have some stop gaps in place to ensure that me and my family can be fed during this transition making process. I am the type of person who wants to concentrate fully on starting my business and not have another full time job to worry about.

A lot of answers will be provided in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned.