Monthly Archives: July 2007

Why Outsourcing to India is a Bad Idea

One of the books I’m most recently excited about is Tim Ferriss’s 4-Hour Work Week. I actually caught Tim live at SXSW last February, but I didn’t really get interested in his book until I read a great review and decided to give it a read.  I was blown away by it.  Like a lot of other people, I really felt like it was speaking directly to me.

One of the areas I found most interesting was his suggestion at hiring someone through India to be a remote personal assistant.  This would have made a lot more sense if just about every project I ever did with an offshore development firm went to complete crap.  But I decided to give it a try and attempted to hire one of the firms mentioned in his book, Brickwork India.  You can read how that went in my review of Brickwork India. Continue reading

A Big Change

I had a big change in my life this week. After nearly 6 years of long days I have left my position at USWeb. I decided that I need a change of pace, and that USWeb was not really the right fit for me going forward.

I will be moving forward with Blogitive, and will be incorporating it into my new company, NetResults. I have been working on some really exciting updates to Blogitive, so this is an exciting time on that end as well. This change will allow me to focus more on building out Blogitive into what I would like it to be, which is the best solution for bloggers to make money online. Continue reading

Jawbone Bluetooth Headset Review

I guess you can tell it’s not going to be a good review when the first thing you see is a picture of the product broken. Let’s first start with how well the product performed when it worked.

First off, Jawbone appears to take the anti-apple approach of bare minimum packaging. Ironic because I purchased it to go with my new iPhone. The model I picked up at the AT&T store was in a huge plastic case that was about 5 times the size it needed to be. The headset itself sits on top in a cradle, looking like something Indiana Jones would reach for in a cavern. Continue reading

I love Grand Central

I have been playing with Grand Central for a few days now, and I’m in love with this app. I find it difficult to believe, and a little scary, that I now have my last phone number ever. I have moved around a lot in my life, so the idea of never having to change my number again is a bit mind blowing.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, you need to. If you need an invite, let me know. I have a couple left that I will be happy to share. For those who don’t know, here are some of the features. Continue reading

Brickwork India – Just more of the same

Working with offshore companies has always had an appeal to me. The US dollar, even at the low point, can buy so much more in India, it seems like a no-brainer to work with these companies. But those of you who have know that there is a real challenge to this.

First you have the language barrier. Don’t be fooled by the fact they say they speak English. Call up a Dell customer service line and see the level of English we’re talking about. It’s not their fault. I mean they have a lot more knowledge of our langauge then we do theirs, but it’s just not fluent enough English to communicate properly. Continue reading