12 Rules of Blogging

  • Make it clear that the views expressed in the blog do not necessarily represent the views of the employer.  
  • Respect the company’s confidentiality and proprietary information.  
  • Ask your manager if you have any questions about what is appropriate to include in the blog.  
  • Be respectful to the company, employees, customers, partners, and competitors. Criticise but be balanced, give opportunity for feedback, and be justifiable.  
  • Observe company requests that topics not be discussed for confidentiality or legal compliance reasons.  
  • Ensure that your blogging activity does not interfere with your work commitments or employee relations.  
  • Tell the truth and write with balance and accuracy. Acknowledge and correct mistakes promptly. Acknowledge conflicts of interest.  
  • Keep records of original posts and indicate where a message has been edited or summarized.  
  • Be prepared to delete inappropriate posts and spam or off-topic material.  
  • Reply to e-mails and comments promptly and be prepared to explain how complaints are being dealt with.  
  • Don’t steal copyright material. Link to online references and original source materials directly.  
  • Keep private issues private and don’t jeopardise the company’s working relationships.
  • Source: Nick Lockett, DL Legal

How to start a startup

Here’s a very interesting essay derived from the author’s book “Hackers & Painters” that describes how to start a startup company the right way. The author Paul Graham describes some very common mistakes that many startup companies do, and tells the readers how to avoid those pitfalls.

You need three things to create a successful startup: to start with good people, to make something customers actually want, and to spend as little money as possible. Most startups that fail do it because they fail at one of these. A startup that does all three will probably succeed.

My current projects

My last day at work was March 3rd, 2005. I’ve been having a mini-vacation since then. 🙂 It has been quite interesting seeing how many employers have been knocking at my door. I’ve had to say no to some already. I guess I can afford to be a little picky.

As far as keeping busy during that time, I’ve been picking up skills in PHP and the whole L.A.M.P. open source development architecture. Even IBM seems interested in supporting it by partnering with Zend (the PHP optimization company). On February 25, 2005, IBM announced an agreement with Zend Technologies to develop the industry’s first integrated solution designed to help developers build and deploy applications and services based on the popular PHP Web language. You may be curious why I chose to learn PHP and MySQL. I do have a special project under tight wraps that I am hoping to release in the next couple months (all using L.A.M.P). I will be partnering with my close colleague Jason Bagorio and his company BizwareTech to release a special version of his current website PlaceAdz.com. Anyway, I can’t really say too much, so look for it in the upcoming months.