I have been busy with yet another redesign of this blog for last couple of weeks. Previously, I was using a modified GreyShade octopress theme. Which is pretty decent, but puts more emphasis on just blogging. I was more interested in having a complete personal website.
If you are a programmer and need constant ideas to work on, there comes a time when the ideas are just not there. And if you ask someone for advice, lot of times suggestion is that you should “scratch your own itch”. In other words, try to solve your own problem. And since, it is likely that lot of people will be struggling with the same problem as you, you might uncover a market.
The advice sounds fine and dandy, but what about the people who are happy with status quo. Let me give you an example:
In this post I review past couple of weeks for my current project HipCV.
Two weeks ago, I launched a service for creating online resumes called HipCV. The response to the site has been lukewarm, nothing majorly ground breaking. Which is understandable as there are many resume builders already out there. Also, there has not been any serious marketing effort yet from my end to promote the service.
For the first time, I have launched something that I am planning to charge money for. You know what, scratch that. Actually it is the first time I have seen something till the end.
It has been only 3 days since the “launch” and I have already realized that partial completion of arbitrary feature list is not the end, it is actually far from it. When you “launch” a web application, that launch doesn’t really mean anything. No one knows about it, no one is visiting it, no one is searching for it. And that’s where the actual start is, a start to gather visitors and a start to convert those visitors into paying users.
I was trying to setup Postgres for rails on an Ubuntu machine. And on running
I ran into the following error:
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