Monthly Archives: March 2012

A Business Take Time

I’ve mentioned before I’ve had a bunch of different projects I’ve launched, none of which are alive today. Why?

I think every project I had a certain time-frame for success, IMMEDIATE, or 1-WEEK.

Then when it did not meet certain success criteria I would give-up, stop working on the project, or withdraw the project from the world, then repeat the same process with a new project.

What I realized this morning when I woke up was that every successful business that I read about that happens over-night, actually started in some shape or form 18 months before. That’s a year and a half of refinement, tweaking, testing, modifying, adjusting to the market.

So the product that’s there 18 months plus, is rarely the same product that was there at the beginning, more-over it was the constant tuning that got it there.

Advice:

  1. Do something you’re passionate about because 18 months will be very long if you don’t like what you’re doing.
  2. Try to sell it before you build it, use adwords, blog post, other landing pages to qualify your market.
  3. Create your business model, i.e. how you will make money, how many sales you need per month, per day, what your estimated conversions will be, etc.
  4. Start off with a MVP (minimum viable product) to get it out there.
  5. Start measuring, start tweaking, increase visits, increase conversion.
  6. Wait 18-24 months, doing number 5.
  7. Retire Rich.

I think I’m going to create a book, called 18 months to Retirement.

How to get a car for free

I was thinking about this last night after a conversation with a friend and I thought I’d write a small post about it.

To get a car for free is all about timing the resale value of a car and having a little cash on hand. Take my truck a 2007 Tacoma 4WD. It has a resale value of $15,000.

Let me give you the resale values of the same make & model on either side of mine:

2006 – $12,000
2008 – $15,000
2009 – $16,500

Now if I wanted to keep my truck forever I would just trade-up once a year for a car about the same cost as mine.

Take it further.

Let’s say I really hunt for a good deal and I get a 2008 on the lower end ($13.5k), then a year later I’m able to sell it and make a little profit, $2K. I do this a few years in a row now I could be up to a $20K car/truck. Still not paying anything other than sales tax. If you’re a good wheel & dealer, you can offset this cost by your negotiation skills.

So now this is how you get and keep a car for free, the key is timing the resale value and year you’re purchasing.

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PHP/JavaScript Empty String equals 0

Sometimes when you’re looking for something empty/null you might check for an empty string.

// php
$test = 0;
if ($test=="") {
echo 'true';
}
// javascript
var test = 0;
if (test == '') {
alert('true');
}

To avoid this you need to use the === operator. Which means exactly equal to (value & type).

The New iPad – (Version Recommendation)

Which One To Get?

  • Get WiFi 16GB only if you’re planning on using it only around the house or for you children.
  • Get the 4G 16GB if you want world travel but don’t care about lots of video & movies.

WiFi / 4G

This is all about connivence of access. If you’re never going to travel don’t worry. But if you travel streaming movies or maps are nice while in the car.

16GB / 32GB / 64GB

This is all about movies & media. If you’re going to be around networks, with iCloud you don’t need a large drive. if you might not be around networks and want to work with media, you’ll need the 64GB.

The New iPad

Everything you need to know:
  • The new iPad features a Retina Display that is 2048×1536. That contains 3.1 million pixels on a 9.7″ display.
  • The new iPad will come in either Black or White.
  • Support for Bluetooth 4.0.
  • New A5X processor that delivers dual-core processing and quad-core graphics. The A5X is said to be 2 times faster than Tegra 3.
  • The new display will bring 44% better color saturation than that of the iPad 2.
  • The new iPad is a tad thicker (.37 compared to .34 inch) is a tad heavier (1.44 compared to 1.44 pounds). The 4G models are slightly heavier.
  • Up to 10 hours of battery, 9 hours with 4G.
  • AirPlay mirroring to the new Apple TV at 1080p.
  • New iSight camera with a 5 element lense at 5MP. It includes auto-exposure and auto-focus. It’s basically the same setup as the iPhone 4′s camera.
  • The new camera has face-detection and 1080p video recording with image stabilization.
  • The iPad will have voice dictation built in, but no word of full Siri integration. No word yet on whether you have to be connected to the Internet to do this (although you most likely do).
  • 4G LTE support is a go. LTE can get up to speeds such as 73Mbps. The new iPad will come to AT&T and Verizon in the States.
  • The new iPad will be “world ready” with 3G, will have 4G LTE support Rogers, Bell, Telus and AT&T
  • The prices will be the same as the iPad 2 model. $499 for the 16GB, $599 for 32GB, $699 for 64GB WiFi models. $629, $729, and $829 for the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB WiFi + 4G models respectively.
  • The iPad 2 will still be sold in a 16GB flavor for $399 or $529 for WiFi or 3G + WiFi respectively.
  • The new iPad will be available on March 16th and now for pre-order (good luck accessing the Apple Store).
  • The iWork suite has been updated and will be the $9.99 per app (or free for the upgrade).
  • New iPhoto for iPad (Gruber called it) gives you advanced photo editing capabilities and library storage. It can also allow you to create “scrapbook” types of libraries that almost remind one of a nice photo journal with maps and notes.

Courtesy of Lifehack.org.