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Sat 23 Jul 2005
Where do you want to go today?
Category : Commentary/wheretogo.txt
Okay, I'll borrow MS's slogan for Windows, and back up a little to reflect on where I'm trying to go with WebMon, DNS Enabler, and Postfix Enabler.
I've started building these things, initially, for myself. The web, mail, DNS, calendaring system, accounting system, integrated business database system, payments system - overlaid with security and encryption - these are what I think of as the life-sustaining elements of any business.
Of course, you've still got to go out and sell your wares. But these are the stuff you'll need to back you up, and they, in turn, need to work flawlessly and easily if you're going to channel all your energy towards making the products and services, and bringing in the revenue. And none towards feeding the system.
I'm making all these so that I can turn them all up quickly if I need to change a server, move to another home, another country, anywhere where they have an Internet connection.
I've got the web, the mail, calendaring and file sharing over WebDAV, DNS, and SSL done (or at least the basics). Coming on is the accounting system, and a way to snap on a PayPal payments interface, and link it to the accounting system. And tie in this no-frills blogging system with perhaps a GUI editor.
So this is where I want to go. I hope that others will also find the tools useful and agree they're worth paying for, and that they could build their businesses on the Mac, which would be nice bonus because two years ago when I took this route it was really to find a non-IT business we could run, but with all our own tools, because Hai Hwee, my wife, and me got tired of working with PC-myopic IT managers, overseers/information architects, Windows, and all that corporate IT scene, and I wanted to be near our kid, and be a daddy rather than a wallet (as someone puts it).
And we're still looking for it - a business we could run like a high-performance machine - so that we, and everybody else working in it, could live our lives like human beings. But watching the payments coming in for Postfix Enabler has given us a glimpse that maybe, if anything, the underlying systems do actually work. And they can scale. And they're all running beautifully on the Mac. As I've argued they would. And so, on with the search, to build a real business on it.
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