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Analyzing the Mailbox Dumpster Decision by Dropbox

The thing that all techies fear: the app you use most is getting tossed in the trash!  Dropbox just announced that it is killing off the Mailbox app that they bought for $100M in 2013.

As an experienced technology leader, innovator and engineer, I'd like to share my thoughts about what Dropbox did right and wrong with this product acquisition!

VirtualBox and Resizing an LVM root partition

New projects to work on!  That means configuring my virtual machines to fit more stuff.  I never seem to think ahead about how much space I need.  I work on a laptop with an SSD, so storage is a premium...

Sure, I could just create a new VM, but all those hours of customizing the environment, tweaking firewall and security settings, installing and building custom packages.  No way I want to do that again from scratch.

It shouldn't be too hard to extend my linux partition to make more room, right ? :eek a lot more involved than I thought.

New .COM2 Global TLD Announced for Comoro Islands

I rarely have the time or energy to break new stories, but I met the young entrepreneurs who are behind a new Top Level Domain (TLD), and via a friend who connected me was able to get the scoop, and thusly pass it along via the interwebs undergrounds nows.

How to add new domains to your FREE Google Apps account

If you have a legacy (free edition) google apps account, you may have noticed that you can no longer add new domains to your freebie account.  You can add domain aliases, but not a new domain with separate email boxes.

Well as always, there are ways around these kind of problems.

False: Entrepreneurs Need to Work Until Their Eyes Bleed To Succeed

We have all heard it before:  If you are going to be an entrepreneur, you better be prepared to risk all and give all, and push yourself beyond your limits.  In many ways this is true, but those who don't put discipline to this concept end up burning out, or becoming so indifferent (or dare I say, lazy) that you invite defeat, and then act all surprised when it happens.  This "low" often means that you are unwilling to learn from your mistakes, which sets you in a very wrong direction.

I'm writing (and talking to myself as I write) to say that it isn't a hard requirement that an entrepreneur have no life apart from work.  Life is mashable -- In fact, the work-home balance is absolutely critical.  If any of you are like me, I have intense feelings of guilt when I take any time off, and this is precisely the negative perception that needs to be beaten, and for myself, is an ongoing area of growth.

So here are a few pointers on how to strike that work-home balance.

WAMP Apache Performance Woes [Fixed]

I've been running Apache on Windows for many years.  This particular server is a relic from when I had mostly windows servers running.  Nowadays, everything is cloud deployed with Linux.  Still, its nice to have a "physical server" somewhere for quick prototype and static content hosting etc.

Lately I've been having a heck of a time with performance on the otherwise stable Win2008R2 + apache 2.4x stack.

I googled like mad and found lots of people talking about problems with their WAMP stack.  My behavior was sort of unique in that after an apache restart, sometimes pages would load super fast for 10-20 seconds, then simple requests for static pages would go DOG slow.  Like 20-30 seconds for a plain text page.  Unreasonable.

After all the google foo, I found a solution.  Credit goes to:  http://www.apachelounge.com/viewtopic.php?t=4543&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=20 where I found the answer.

What was the answer?  To add the following to your httpd.conf …