Business Thoughts, Business Ideas, Making Money, Apps to Consider Writing, Apps to Write, Apps I can Write, August 12, 2018
Things that I really have interest in: * Cars * Horsepower * Motocross * Inertial Navigation app * Fighting Spam / Malware * Providing Internet Services in Extreme Places * PowerPC Performance Analyzer * OTP Certifiable Library Functions. * A good way to find duplicate files and directories on file systems * Flashing Car ECUs * Fixing cars with electrical problems
* The Collaborative Spamalyzer • Could I build a VPN where the host was untrusted. The host never holds any decrypted information. Or maybe it is better to focus on EdLink, the mesh style, CryptoLink style network. • Archive File System, that would md5 all files, preserve file modes, but not allow writes, etc.
Programs to think about writing * Equivalent for BleachBit for MacOS or IOS * Horsepower Calculator that looks like a nice calculator app * Detecting RPM and Cylinders from a recording. * Detecting mis-fires from a recording * A good inertial nav application for the iPhone that works even in airplane mode * A good way to find duplicate files and directories in a directory or file system * Hash, Date, File Size, Access time, Modification Time, Creation Time
Thoughts * Know who you are * Don’t solve the wrong problems * Write a blog about Make Money Fast * I think it could be amusing to write a blog about how people have tried to, or are trying to make money fast and then analyze what really happens. Pyramid Schemes, 419 Schemes, Spam, Work at Home Schemes, Amway, Panning for Gold, Writing iPhone Apps. Look at both good schemes and bad schemes. Why do schemes pray upon our weaknesses? * The Idea Man - Put the Mayonaise in the Tunafish. * If it was all fun, they probably would not pay us. * Flipping Houses * Flipping Cars * Just look at the list of Reality TV shows, Auction Hunters, Pawn Stars, Fliip this House, etc. * There is money to be made on the Internet connecting people who need something with someone who has something. * Don't be good at something you don't want to do. • If you are going to be a programmer, write some code every day. • Need to think about the carrying costs of any business that you get into -- Buying and Selling cars ••• Carrying Costs ••• Holding a depreciating asset ••• Insurance Costs ••• Repair Costs -- Buying and Selling houses ••• Carrying Costs -- Local 3D printing shop • What can I do that will scale, something that is not tied to one hour of work for one hour of pay? • What will the consumer buy and then work backwards from there (Steve Jobs) • Could I make money building engines (like Patrick's friend Pat does with Patch Motors or Lazarus)? -- Building a good engine takes a lot of time • Fail quickly. Google has the idea of shutting down failing or mediocrate projects quickly. • Blog Ideas, Get AdWords going, Get Amazon Book Referrals going -- Hacking Health, Blood Monitoring, Glucose Levels, Blood Oximeters, Weight, Scales — Video Tape everything you do, put it in on Youtube — Tell Me a Story — Public Artifacts • Advertise CustomMicronics.com on podcasts -- $40 per 1000 listeners -- TWIT podcasts -- Aviation podcasts • Computer Security is becoming a non-stop train wreck -- Companies just don't want to do anything about it, don't want to think about it until there is a public breach -- Surface is becoming unbelievably large with computers, websites, mobile devices, Internet appliances, etc. -- Look how long the DNS Changer has held on -- Bring Your Own Device has to add a lot of problems -- Telecommuting has to add a lot of problems -- Large capacity flash drives has to add a lot of problems -- Wireless hacks on Cars, Near Field Communications, RFID, Bluetooth, GSM * What iPhone applications can I write?
* There really don't appear to be good Applications or Websites for computers and cars. Like a McDizzy site for engines and computers. * Could I go back to maintaining peoples computers like Dick Glenn and I did? Could I automate enough maintenance to make it worth while? * Could I buy problematic houses, live in them, fix them up and sell them? * Hacking Travel TED talk, arbitrage opportunities * I love working on cars, when I don’t have to get that car done for work the next morning. * I love programming, when I am not under a crunch to get something working. * Sell stuff on Amazon * Look for places where there are gaps in time between getting money and paying money that are to my advantage. * Fear of taking risks never goes away * Know what you are all about, know what your talents are, you can’t do everything * Don’t chase cash and forget about the plan, where you want to be * Know who you are. * Lots of avionics, airfield, airframe, etc. manufacturers go bankrupt, but there seems to be money to be made in providing services to them * I think the security of avionics, airplanes, airfields, etc. is going to be a big deal in the future. Too many protocols are unencrypted, unauthenticated just asking for man in the middle hacks. * Do we burn the resources of the planet and build something quickly, or wait and build something slowly? * What kind of things will I still be able to work on as I keep aging? * Whatever idea, it has to be simple and make sense. Complexity invites holes in logic.
Websites * Any websites I build * Patreon link * Paypal donation link * Amazon Affiliate links * Google Ads * YouTube links where I get money * Facebook * Instagram * Google+ * Twitter
Buying and selling cars ••• Carrying Costs • I suspect there are a lot more cars out there with frustrating electronic problems -- Notice how Skip has given up on the Gold Van -- I wonder if I could develop a formula for troubleshooting problematic electronic problems in cars, like data data logging the UBD II interface • Could I find and fix some cars with electrical problems? -- I would like to try buying a couple and seeing if I could fix them. -- Instrument the car quickly with OBD-II scanner, voltage monitors, remote video cameras, etc. • Could I just have a business fixing hard electrical car problems? * Cars with a story have more value, especially a documented story * If a car is sitting on dirt, that is a warning sign * Buy $1000 cars and turn it into $3000 cars (Cars for a Living podcast) * There are a lot of cars out there with electrical and computer problems. I might be better at those than most. * Can I get into reprogramming the car computers to do better things? * Buy cars and put them up on Bring A Trailer?
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A lot of companies have chosen to downsize, and maybe that was the right thing for them. We chose a different path. Our belief was that if we kept putting great products in front of customers, they would continue to open their wallets. Steve Jobs
Apple's market share is bigger than BMW's or Mercedes's or Porsche's in the automotive market. What's wrong with being BMW or Mercedes? Steve Jobs
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Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. Steve Jobs
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I want to put a ding in the universe. Steve Jobs
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It is piracy, not overt online music stores, which is our main competitor. Steve Jobs
It took us three years to build the NeXT computer. If we'd given customers what they said they wanted, we'd have built a computer they'd have been happy with a year after we spoke to them - not something they'd want now. Steve Jobs
Pretty much, Apple and Dell are the only ones in this industry making money. They make it by being Wal-Mart. We make it by innovation. Steve Jobs
Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations. Steve Jobs
The people who are doing the work are the moving force behind the Macintosh. My job is to create a space for them, to clear out the rest of the organization and keep it at bay. Steve Jobs
To turn really interesting ideas and fledgling technologies into a company that can continue to innovate for years, it requires a lot of disciplines. Steve Jobs
You can't just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they'll want something new. Steve Jobs
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