This is a page from my book, “How I Sold My Business: A Personal Diary”

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

I gave my "decision" to sell my business, or at least my portion of the business, a week to settle down, weigh the pros and cons, and also look at the financial aspects of the decision.

Most importantly, financially, I won't be able to retire if I sell the company, even at $12,000 per share. Just buying a nice home in a nice area in my hometown will take $300K or more. So this is clearly not a "Sell and retire" move.

This is a page from my book, “How I Sold My Business: A Personal Diary”

Wednesday, August 3, 2005

After writing that last entry, I wrote a long-time friend of mine to tell him of my "decision", and how I feel. Here's part of what I wrote:

I haven't been able to make any strides towards growing the company, and frankly, every day I have to psych myself into thinking I want to be there.

I don't know if it makes any sense, but I actually "quit" in my mind on the drive home, and just that thought of quitting has given me an incredible buzz.

Here are a few excerpts from his reply:

This is a page from my book, “How I Sold My Business: A Personal Diary”

Monday, May 16, 2005

During the last three weeks we lost two employees at the company that I care about. (I've had other employees quit or be fired, but none that I cared about quite like these.) I always thought we were a decent company to work for, and I try hard to make it a good place to work, but as a consulting firm we're constantly at our customer's office locations, and some of these locations aren't the best. Both of these employees were at less-desirable situations, and not seeing any easy way out, they have left us for other companies.

How to exit a Scala Actor (exit, quit, or terminate an Actor)

While working with a Scala Actor last night, I came across a situation where I wanted to be able to manually tell the Actor to quit/die/terminate.

It looks like the proper way to exit a Scala Actor is pretty simple:

A Mac "quit all applications" app (a Mac Automator example)

A Mac "quit all applications" app: I don't shut down or reboot my Mac computers very often, but every time I do, I always wonder if there's an easy way to quit all applications with one or two keystrokes. I don't mind having to quit all the apps manually -- that seems like the natural thing to do -- but if you're about to have a lightning storm and you'd really like to shut down your Mac fast, being able to quit all applications fast sure would be nice.