Self-hosted is not cheaper or better. Your options are pay Amazon insane markups or deal with a Platform as a Service built by the lowest bidder.

We often see posts on hacker news about how Amazon charges an insane markup for hosting or data transfer, or anything. Then someone will post a comparison where they price out an equivalent amount of hardware and show that it would cost 1/5th or 1/10th the cost. They then assume, obviously, hiring an IT department that can run this hardware is an achievable goal. 

Sorry, no it’s not achievable. Most companies cannot build a decent IT team that could run their own servers. They don’t have the ability to organize or hire the IT people needed. Not to mention they would never be willing to pay the salary costs. Quite simply, most businesses that try to run their own hardware will have a lower quality internal platform than if they just paid Microsoft. Whats the point of having faster hardware if your software stack is stuck in 2005 and managed by college drop outs?

Most companies are not overflowing with smart programmers who want to run bare metal hardware. Those people are moved to higher paying jobs programming the actual products of the company. 

Collected Sledgeworx

The collection is out now!

I’ve finally released my collection Collected Sledgeworx on amazon.

I started blogging to share my thoughts and vent frustrations. My first blog was about futurism and politics, my second on fitness, my third was Sledgeworx.io. I ended up being much better at a writing about software than anything else.

In this book I have collected many of the posts on the blog from its inception until the second half of 2021. These writings can be found on the blog in similar form. But you will find that the works in this book have been edited and supplemented in small ways.

Thanks for being a reader as we continue along to 2030!

What happened to Seviipay

Seviipay is a SAAS startup I launched in Summer 2021. The idea was to bring best in class UI/UX to native cryptocurrency payments. Basically the stripe of cryptocurrency payments. The MVP worked on mobile and desktop just for Ethereum. I did a few product discovery calls without getting any buyers.. Eventually the project kind of stalled and I moved on to other projects. 

The big thing here was motivation. My motivation for leaving my job was not Seviipay. The idea for Seviipay just came up at a time when I was really motivated to get out. Handling burnout and starting a business at the same time is not a great idea. 

Another issue with Seviipay and solo-bootstrapping in general is that you need a lot of skills to get a functional business working. Sales, Accounting, product, UI/UX, marketing, etc. I did not have enough of those skills at the beginning of the project to make it work. There is a reason startups usually launch with a product founder and a sales founder. 

One other weakness of Seviipay or me I guess is that I do not have web design skills. And I have struggled to make Seviipay visually appealing. I am a written word guy so if I thought of a product that was cli only I would build it. 

My skill stack now has grown to range from backend development, javascript, content marketing, copywriting, and a bit of sales skills. But that still isn’t enough to make Seviipay work, I need strong web development skills and more sales power. 

What is next for Seviipay

Seviipay is on hiatus for now. I’ve gotten a new software job and am getting up to speed for that. Also working with some friends on helping start up an agency. The next thing I need to do is hire a web developer to help with the UI and team up with a sales person to get a real sales process going. 

I’m also going to look into how I can make Seviipay a real Web3 business. Right now its a cryptocurrency SAAS that relies on Web 2.0 to join the blockchain with the old school internet.

Burnout or health problem?

I experienced a lot of burnout last year. Usually, I can just outlast burnout and it goes away when I start a new project. This time it lasted most of the year and I didn’t really get back to normal until 2021. In my case the reason my ‘burnout’ lasted so long and was hard to get rid of is because it was actually a health problem. I got into this industry because I love coding but I didn’t really feel that way last year and even considered leaving the industry. I had a lot of troubling focusing with the single minded obsession you need to beat down tricky bugs. At the time I thought I had burnout, I was depressed, it had to be something like that right? 

Well in this case it wasn’t burnout or depression, but my diet. I’ve had issues with various foods making me sick in the past, but never really isolated the cause beyond ‘don’t buy bread with preservatives in it’. I eat out a lot and while I’d thought about doing an exclusion diet several years ago, and have built apps in the past to help people isolate food ingredients they have issues with, I’d never actually done an exclusion diet myself. 

In the end I started an exclusion diet in January after moving into my new apartment here in Phoenix. The effects in my case have been totally worth it, as I now know which foods I can and cannot eat if I want to think clearly. I can’t really say I understand the medical causes behind things, but a number of foods give me a combination of brain fog, headaches and stomach discomfort. It isn’t life threatening beyond making me suicidal on occasion. But I really can’t afford to eat anything with Sage in it without ruining an entire day. 

So far I’ve had to exclude Sage, preserved meats, and wheat or gluten products. I can eat most other foods without a problem.