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Do I Have to Pay You Forever to Maintain This App?
This question pops up a lot when I’m meeting with potential clients. They want to know about software maintenance costs. What happens after we build an app? How do they keep it working day-to-day? And how much manpower and budget will that eat up? Let’s start with a simple truth:...
What Community Has Done For Me
In the beginning… “There’s safety in numbers” as they say. As species go, Homo sapiens were not the first to figure that out. “Community” is at least a couple eons old. There’s fossil evidence of communal living pre-dates the dinosaurs but I’m no paleontologist. All I can do is tell...
ActiveAdmin is the New Spreadsheet
If your company is anything like Gaslight, it’s pretty common to have a bunch of spreadsheets in Dropbox or Google Drive to keep track of random operational details. We have had spreadsheets tracking time off requests, birthdays, G-Days (employment anniversaries), blog writing schedules, and contact information for team members. Spreadsheets...
Gaslight Podcast: Software Patents
Your browser does not support the audio element. In this episode I talked with Eric Bitzegaio, former digital patent attorney and current developer, to discuss software patents. Subscribe with RSS Subscribe with iTunes
How We Sell
We’re asked from time to time what our sales process is like. This should give a good overview. Initial Contact Sales leads come as word of mouth from existing clients and the developer community, as cold contacts from the website, and from training class attendees. We create a deal in...
3 Ways Your Web App is Different than Your Website
Web applications and websites are both accessible via your browser, both work on your desktop and phone, and both have the word “web” in them. When you dig beyond that, these things share little in common. Web applications and your company websites have different purposes, build-out, and maintenance. It’s important...