Archive for November, 2009

The Great Google Wave Invite Giveaway

google-waveUpdate: 12/07 – I’m out of invites. Sorry, if you didn’t get one.

Somehow I stumbled into almost 40 invites. I’m going to give away 30 (have about 20 left).

For those that don’t know what this is, check out the Google Wave site for thrilling and exciting content. You can also watch the Developer Preview and shake your laptop in the air when it’s over.

Ok, the giveaway.. erm.. the Great Google Wave Invite Giveaway. The rules are:

  • There are no rules.
    Seriously. I don’t feel like making people jump through hoops, promote my site, promote my Twitter account, or any other degrading thing (but watch me contradict myself below).
  • Winners must follow me on Twitter.
    I’ll follow you back. This is necessary so we can DM account info.
  • I’ll give a couple invites away each day.
    Yeah, yeah. So I’m milking it a little, so what.
  • The Golden Rule: Leave a comment.
    You must use your real email address, this is where I’ll send the Wave invite. Your email will not be publicly displayed.

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Headsmacking Tip O’ The Day

terminalI love Especially with tabs. I spend most my day in it. I don’t want to make you read my ramblings, but the thing that almost drives me to jump out the window is consistently losing connections due to timeouts. I’m usually on three or four servers at a time and when I’m at home, every few minutes, timeout. BLAST! This doesn’t happen at all locations, usually on residential connections. I’ve dealt with it for years. Why?

Smack my head. I should have jumped out that window. This is so easy to fix:

  1. Open up your sshd config, usually in /etc/ssh/sshd_config
  2. Uncomment “ClientAliveInterval” and add the number of seconds after. I went with 600.

Problem solved. Kind of makes me question how much misery I just accept because “That’s just the way it is”.

Watching My Startup Grow Up

propertymapsI’ve been keeping a secret. My friends, family, and stakeholders know, but I’ve been mum on the subject until now. The time is right, and the new team is firing on all cylinders, so I get to spill the beans.

PropertyMaps, a startup I co-founded four years ago and put more blood and sweat into than anything else, has been acquired. I spent a week in Austin, doing a full knowledge dump on the very capable team. I was immediately impressed by their level of understanding and how fast they picked up the code base (I won’t get too technical in this post).

The new CEO, Jeff Chambers, is the former US product director for He is a brilliant leader and has more and better ideas for the direction of PropertyMaps than I ever dreamed up. He has a very solid plan in place for the rest of this year and the year ahead. I can’t imagine a better person to run PM than Jeff.

As for me, I’ve taken a consulting role with the company so I can help move those plans forward (and I get to watch my baby grow up).

You can read more about the acquistion in the press release: PropertyMaps Has Been Acquired