Communicate with Software Engineers Even if You Can’t!

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Software engineers can be a tough bunch to communicate with. We can be nerdy, we can be cocky, we can have no social skills whatsoever…

I’m going to give you 4 solid tips that you, as a business-oriented individual or perhaps a creative entrepreneur, can use to effectively communicate what you need so you get the results that you want.

Imagine you need a developer to set up a web store for you, an artist, to sell prints of your work. You can’t just walk up to one and say, “I need a website to sell my art. …

AWS, Azure, Google Cloud… what do these mean for your business? Should you jump on the cloud train?

These ladies already know what the cloud is, but this dude thinks he’s found gold and is showing it to them for the first time. He may never know he was the last one to the party. Photo by Mimi Thian on Unsplash

Have you moved your technical operations to the cloud yet? Do you even know what the cloud is? Well, we’re going to dig into that a little. I’ll give you an overview of the cloud and give a few examples of how it can benefit you.

What is the cloud? It’s just someone else’s computer.

That’s kind of a simplistic answer, but that doesn’t make it any less true. When you use cloud computing, you’re paying to rent space and processing power from Amazon, Microsoft, or Google. Sure, there are other players in this space, but these are the leaders.

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Think you have to be a math whiz to become a software engineer? You don’t have to be, and I’m going to explain that right now.

First, some inspiration for those of you who are not good at math. I was never good at math. And when I was young, I wasn’t even good at arithmetic. My early education was a bit…disjointed, but that’s a topic for another day. I sucked at math, and the most advanced math I ever took was college algebra.

I barely squeaked by in that class by cramming before each test with my computer science…

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Don’t let one system or process failure take your business down. Today we’re going to discuss single points of failure and how you can avoid them.

When you have a server sitting in a dusty closet that’s five years out of warranty running all of your mission-critical applications, you have a single point of failure. This is a real example from a real job I had in the past. It was something I inherited from my predecessor(s). Once I learned the situation, I immediately started working to solve the problem.

This is a technical example, but single points of failure…

Tips for an Entrepreneur Hiring Technical Expertise

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Why are tech people so expensive and what can you do about it?

Simply put, technical people have expertise that is very useful to you and they can put systems into place that make you money. When things go wrong, they can fix it or build something new for you.

Software engineers, cloud architects, web developers, and other specialties cost a pretty penny, but you need their skillset. So you pay for it.

If you have legal problems or need a contract reviewed, you hire a lawyer. If you are sick, you go to the doctor. If your toilet explodes…

Forget about snowball or avalanche. There’s a better way.

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Most of you have heard of the two standard methods of paying off credit card debt — Snowball and Avalanche. I’m going to suggest that you do neither, because there is a better way.

First, a brief introduction to both. The snowball method was popularized by Dave Ramsey, and it’s basically like this. Order your credit cards from smallest balance to largest, and then set a dollar amount of extra (like $50 or $100) that you’re going to pay over the minimum payment. If your minimum is $45 and your extra…

A life without passion is…

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Follow your passion.

That’s what everyone says, right?

“Don’t know what kind of business you want to start? What are you passionate about?”

That’s fine and dandy if you’re passionate about flipping couches off Craigslist or you are obsessed with creating software development courses for Udemy.

What if you have no passions? What then?

We all have hobbies — we like watching movies or binging the latest hot mess of a show on Netflix. We like playing video games or even love playing video games. …

Not a cure or medical treatment, but doing these 3 things daily can take the edge off…help quiet your mind a bit.

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I live with depression and anxiety. I’ve had to learn how to manage my own personal peaks and valleys. Or, as I like to call them, normal and the pit.

I’m going to lay out three things that I do every day to help manage my symptoms, calm my mind, and focus my thoughts toward actionable objectives.

Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. I’m not a doctor, psychologist, or licensed therapist. Please seek professional help if you’re experiencing any symptoms of depression and anxiety.

These three things I do are to complement my doctor’s current course of action and are…

Think you can do it all? Nope, you can’t.

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My life is kind of a mess right now. How’s yours? I definitely don’t feel like I’m winning at life right now, but I aim to change that.

If you want to improve your life, improve your pay, optimize your schedule, or just feel like you’re living your best version of yourself, take it one step at a time.

I have so many things I want to improve on, optimize, and squeeze more out of. What I’ve learned over the years is that if I try to do all those things at once, I just fail at everything.

I’m a…

How to choose skepticism over gullibility

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I used to believe anything. One could say I was quite gullible. This stretched from childhood into early adulthood (albeit at varying levels of gullibility). When I was young, I was repeating things with authority…simply because someone told me something. When I was not-so-young, I accepted things people told me, no matter how far-fetched.

I was gullible. Don’t be like that.

Along the way, I learned a new way to take information into my brain, and this has served me well. Basically, don’t believe anything anyone tells you. Don’t believe the things you read. …

Caleb Rogers

Technology professional in Hollywood, so naturally I also make terrible short films and tech videos.

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