Category Archives: From the Forge

Wisdom vs. Knowledge

I am not what you might call a classically-trained developer.  I’ve never taken any kind of computer class, save for watching some tutorials online when I need a general understanding of a new technology.  My passion for technology arose out of my former life as a musician when I “graduated” to audio engineer (easy, musician friends.  Just […]

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Nurturing an idea

Not all good ideas are a lightning strike of brilliance.  Sometimes they need a great deal of nurturing before they can be truly viable.  Sometimes that nurturing requires complete rethinking of the idea and other times it’s just a matter of “lining up the train cars” and getting the thing done.  The one thing that any […]

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Raspberry Pi and Arduino hacking

Recently I had a client ask about integrating software into a prototype mechanical device used in an industrial environment.  The idea was fairly simple: replace the analog gauges, springs, etc with digital sensors and servo motors for the sake of full automation.  I’ve been hacking on these types of computers for a couple of years […]

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How good is your bad-client-detector?

It’s unfortunate, but all business owners deal with them.  Dishonest, disorganized or lazy clients.  I always try to partner in the success of my clients via the projects they hire me to build, but once in a while I deal with people who simply shouldn’t be in business.  That’s not to say that I have the […]

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Better living through technology

Needless to say (don’t you love that expression?), I love cool technology.  I’ve learned that technology-for-technology’s-sake is usually a bad idea, especially when delivering a production-ready solution for a client, but today I’d like to talk about a couple of simple, yet amazing solutions I’ve come across recently.  I’ve always enjoyed helping people, especially those […]

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Five years in business!

When I started BAYWORX in August of 2010, I did so for several reasons and most of them were admittedly selfish ones.  Primarily I wanted to challenge myself after burning out working for companies I couldn’t really find the right spot with.  Employees notoriously complain about the stupid decisions management makes, and I was certainly […]

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Allow yourself to be amazed

I try to go through life and stay grateful, even when things aren’t great.  When I was younger I had a bad habit of trying to affix blame on someone or something when things weren’t perfect.  And when I say stay grateful, I mean grateful for every beautiful thing I’m able to experience and not […]

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Simplify, go forth and conquer!

My friend Doug Mann once pointed out something to me that I’ve kept with me for about 20 years.  Doug is one of the smartest people I know and has the ability to explain things in as few words as he needs to use.  Anyway, we were discussing a very wealthy investment banking acquaintance of ours and I […]

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How to be a good client

There are times where you find yourself in a less-than-desirable business relationship that needs to continue, despite challenges.  Over the years there have been a few vendors that have become a challenge, but sticking to some simple rules have kept the relationship amicable, if not greatly improved.  Try to treat vendors the way you would like your clients to behave.  Sounds […]

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“What is your hourly rate?”

2 years ago, we stopped quoting projects based on an hourly rate.  The reason?  We don’t sell time.  We sell solutions.  This concept is very concisely covered in “Breaking the Time Barrier“ by Mike McDerment of Freshbooks fame.  Our guiding philosophy has always been to provide the highest possible value to our clients, and this method […]

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