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Call for Beta Testers

Stronico Contact Management has now reached the point of private beta!  If you would like to be a beta tester please contact [email protected] for more information.  Your input will be used to shape the final product, and all beta testers will receive TWO FULL YEARS of free Stronico.  We only have a limited number of beta invitations slots, so sign up now!

 

This post originally appeared on the Stronico blog – with the absorption of Stronico into Digital Tool Factory this post has been moved to the Digital Tool Factory blog


12
Mar 10


Written By Steve French

 

Seek and ye shall find, Mastermind Groups anyway

My first idea for a free business was an online helper for a secret society.  Then I come across the notion of the “Mastermind Group”, which apparently is the polite name for such a thing.    The I come across IMind Live, which purports to be such a thing.  The site seems to be a jumbled mess so I’m not sure of the quality of it.   It’s good that it is out there though.  Anyone have any opinions.

 

This post originally appeared on the Stronico blog – with the absorption of Stronico into Digital Tool Factory this post has been moved to the Digital Tool Factory blog


12
Mar 10


Written By Steve French

 

Free Idea #2 – Homemaker Incorporated

As my domestic status has changed over the past year, this idea no longer would applies to me, but here is another business idea I would have paid for.

Home Maker Inc – A service that would mimic many of the offerings of the good homemaker, solely in the care and maintenance of the home and retirement planning.  There would be no actual in-person services rendered by the Homemaker Inc (heretoafter called HMI) just financial  and long-term home matters.  The business would largely be by mail, phone, and internet.  The retirement and financial planning would be largely limited to enforcing Ramit Sethi’s I will Teach You To Be Rich book (which covers about 80% of what you need).

The home maintenance would consist of:

  • Paying all utility bills (though the customer’s account), and notifying them of any deals (like on natural gas or the like) that come around.  The customer would be given a monthly statement of the expenses.
  • HMI would hold all warranties in a central and findable location, and handle all home repair services.  HMI would also hold all insurance policies.
  • HMI would schedule and arrange all home maintenance tasks (like annual servicing of appliances) that never actually get done.

That way the house could be maintained at limited expense, and things would actually get done.  Just a thought.

 

This post originally appeared on the Stronico blog – with the absorption of Stronico into Digital Tool Factory this post has been moved to the Digital Tool Factory blog


11
Mar 10


Written By Steve French

 

How to fix the 550 #5.1.0 Address rejected email problem

email_subscribeThe Problem: All email that you send get’s bounced back with the following message:

Subject Line: Delivery Status Notification (Failure)
Message: Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:
[email protected]
Technical details of permanent failure:
Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the recipient domain. We recommend contacting the other email provider for further information about the cause of this error. The error that the other server returned was: 550 550 #5.1.0 Address rejected [email protected] (state 14).

The Cause: There is no “mail.domain.com” in the dns system.  In my case I was sending the mail via an alias (it was a notification email from the web server).  The receiving mail server sees the email as forged and bounces it.

The Solution: Go to the dns system and create a mail.domain.com and point your MX records to that.  It’s a bit silly, but it has to be done that way.

Creative Commons License photo credit: derrickkwa

 

This post originally appeared on the Stronico blog – with the absorption of Stronico into Digital Tool Factory this post has been moved to the Digital Tool Factory blog


10
Mar 10


Written By Steve French

 

Startup Atlanta – March 2010 Edition

My studio experienceLast Wednesday I attended the StartUp Atlanta March event (on the web at StartUpAtlanta.org, @StartupAtlanta on Twitter) where about 60 or so members of the Startup community mixed, mingled, and listened to 5 presentations by new Startups in Atlanta.

The community was quite nice (I saw a number of familiar faces, and met some new people too), and the Georgia Tech was nice enough to loan out the Georgia Tech Research Institute facility auditorium. I had a great time meeting everyone and Mike Schinkel and his volunteers moved things along well. It is impossible to overstate how important it is to keep these events running on time.

And now, the contestants! We listened to the presentations, and voted via twitter for our favorites, here were mine, recorded here for posterity. I judge startups by the following criteria, on a scale of 1-10 (higher is better). I thought I would share it here for the first time.

  1. Problem Solving – It can be a cool product, but does it make anyone’s life easier?
  2. Actual Customers – I am defining the customer as someone with both problems and money.
  3. Simplicity of Pricing – can the fees be described to anyone, do you need more information about the prospect before you can offer a quote?
  4. Chicken and Egg Problem – does the product require a lot of Customer A before Customer B becomes interested, and vice versa? This applies a good bit to middleman/broker type companies like E-Bay.
  5. Remarkability – that is to say, can someone who heard a quick presentation about it describe it to someone the next day, and have it be understood?

Note, I do not judge the passion of the founders, quality of marketing, execution etc. That’s too hard to judge based off of a short presentation. Continue reading →


08
Mar 10


Written By Steve French

 

Sorry for the light updating

I’ve been bogged down with client work, and then StartupAtlanta took a chunk out of the week too.  Look for the writeup of that soon.

 

This post originally appeared on the Stronico blog – with the absorption of Stronico into Digital Tool Factory this post has been moved to the Digital Tool Factory blog


05
Mar 10


Written By Steve French

 

How to fix updating problems in your Silverlight application

The Problem: You make changes to your Silverlight Application, but you do not see it reflected when you debug or run the solution.2cv_phil_repair_small

The Cause: While the web project portion of the solution is being compiled and run, the Silverlight project is not being built.  This just happened to me recently.  Visual Studio crashed and somehow the Silverlight project portion of the solution decided to remove itself from the build list.

The Solution: Right-Click on the solution, then select “Configuration manager”.  Make sure that the “Build” checkbox is selected for both projects.  That’s it!

Creative Commons License photo credit: Mooganic

 

This post originally appeared on the Stronico blog – with the absorption of Stronico into Digital Tool Factory this post has been moved to the Digital Tool Factory blog


02
Mar 10


Written By Steve French

 

How to fix strange errors in silverlight web services

fix you_smallThe Problem: You upload your wonderful Silverlight application to a new server and begin to get all sorts of strange errors, most notably something like this

Message: Unhandled Error in Silverlight 2 Application An exception occurred during the operation, making the result invalid.  Check InnerException for exception details.   at System.ComponentModel.AsyncCompletedEventArgs.RaiseExceptionIfNecessary()
at StronicoMain.ServerUtil.AddressTypeListCompletedEventArgs.get_Result()
at StronicoMain.Page.proxy_AddressTypeListCompleted(Object sender, AddressTypeListCompletedEventArgs e)
at StronicoMain.ServerUtil.ServerUtilClient.OnAddressTypeListCompleted(Object state)
Line: 1
Char: 1
Code: 0
URI: http://www.servername.com/Silverlight.js

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02
Mar 10


Written By Steve French

 




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