Sosh HowellHello and welcome to Sosh Howell's website.
Please take a look around to learn more about Sosh and his projects.
The Govnors WaxWe're finally getting onto selling the mustache wax that I've made for myself. This is different from all other mustache waxes out there because it uses coconut oil instead of petroleum jelly. We're calling it The Govnors Wax.
We've made sure to use organic coconut oil and either local or organic beeswax in the production.
Its been a really fun project to work on so far. We're allowing ourselves to be really creative with the website and marketing materials. Please let me know what you think.
New Apps Coming Out SoonI'm getting very excited about some of the new apps we're going to be releasing under our app company AppedOn. I think we'll have at least two new apps releasing in March and hopefully some to follow in April.
The Time It TakesI have a lot of different personal projects and my own companies where I'm trying to make things happen. This is everything from getting a new business off the ground to making existing businesses more effective to creating new products. There is BlueSHIFT 7 which takes all of my time, Grill Tech which needs more of my time, Lindy Focus which despite being so far off needs more of my personal attention to tech needs, and a number of new business ideas that are sitting on the side lines.
Recently I've been re-listening to The 4 Hour Work Week and have been reminded that time is really the asset that I have the least amount of. Yes, I have the skill set to make a lot of my ideas happen, but in what time frame and will some of them ever get done.
I have also gotten some unexpected rewards from other ideas that I have set into motion years ago. One project in particular that I didn't even realize what generating some revenue until a few months ago. This is what I need more of. Assets that I can create or have created for me and will go off and make money without my constant attention (or any attention of possible).
Two weeks ago I decided that I would see if I could get another one of these projects off the ground with as little of my time as possible. I don't want to get into to much detail on the project before its public, but I will give you the name, ExecuLive.
To do this I had gotten myself a designer and programmer (a programming team to be specific) and thus I thought everything would fall into place. I was wrong. Since then, the design got delayed and the programming team has been on hold with the design and asking for a good bit of direction.
Thus I have been lead to a state of reexamination. What I don't need is a designer and a developer and to spend the time connecting the two and putting in the time to make that happen. What I need is someone or some company to take in my general idea and make a working model with as little input from me as possible. And that is what I will now attempt to do. I've still got a good bit of breathing room in the budget that I set aside and I've already got back to my programming team, who is very well priced to see if they can simply handle the whole project. I will either luck out in this way or cancel the contract to find a team that can put the whole project together for a good price.
VacationLisa and I finally got to take our honeymoon!
We took a cruise to the Bahamas. It was absolutely wonderful and I think quote mentally healthy for us. It was about 5 days straight of no internet or phone, completely disconnected from the rest of the world.
My favorite part was going by Atlantis. Quite possibly the coolest thing we did there was take an tube slide that dumps you into a glass tunnel where you float though an aquarium where big sharks are swimming all around you. Awesome.
The cruise was out of Charleston so we go to stop in and see friends as well. On of our clients who does Isles of Palms vacation rentals also offered us a place for a week, but despite the awesomeness of those beach houses we had to get back to Atlanta and back to some serious work.
AppedOn iPhone App DevelopmentWe're launching our newest division of BlueSHIFT 7 named AppedOn. We've been doing more and more iPhone app development and our excited about the growing section of the business. We're focusing initially on the Asheville iPhone developer and Atlanta iPhone developer markets.
If you'd like to see what we've done I'd recommend checking out the Lindy Focus app in the iTunes App Store.
HTML5 Developer ExamplesI've got a new site up finally with some of the HTML Developer examples that BlueSHIFT has been working on. My favorite so far is the HTML5 text rotation that I've done:
The text rotation is pretty simple and I've included the appropriate files in order for anyone to implement it on their side. It's also great when you combine it with CUFON. That is especially easy since its already using jQuery to implement. Even works on iPhone and Android.
Grill Parts SiteLisa and I have just launched a new business for grill parts for your gas grill. The site is grillparts.ws and provides replacement grill parts so that you can fix up your grill instead of buying a new one.
In addition you may wish to check out also the US grill parts site and the Ducane grill parts site as well.
Google's Use of SynonymsWhile looking at some Google results pages today I noticed that they're bolding some synonyms in the text describing the page results and the keywords that match.
A good example is the search for Lindy Hop Lessons Atlanta. Both the Swing ATL and Hop to the Beat results have the word classes bolded in the results, not the word lessons. I think its a good move on Google's part and will provide better quality results, the ultimate goal.
Set Up BlueSHIFT Press RoomWe've just set up a press room on PR Log to put out press releases for clients and internal projects. It's a great resource to get info out there as its published to places like Google News.
Atlanta TMobile 3G Speed TestI'm currently testing the T-Mobile's Atlanta 3G network. Currently I have:
Upload: 467 Kbps
Download: 289 Kbps
So not all that good, but not all that bad.
AT&T is testing about the same, though a little faster at the exact same location.
A Rush Delivery for Greg BlackwellI met with Lisa's dad, the father in-law, yesterday and he need a website up pronto. Greg Blackwell was going to be leaving town in two days and we needed something up. I don't think I've rushed a site this quick but we soon had Greg Blackwell dot com up and running.
I also created an extension to jQuery today to add a nice frame to pictures so I applied that to his site as well, even though its just his picture. Adds a nice touch though.
Business Name GeneratorI've just launched an older program that I had written, but now with a new domain name.
Business Name Generator
It's a really cool tool that helps you pick out a business name with an available domain name option. So far its been really useful for me when trying to come up with names that work.
How to Remap Your Keyboard | Windows 7 64I recently had to get a new computer, a slick Toshiba Satellite running windows 7. My only complaint is that the End and Delete buttons are not next to the arrows. However I pretty much never use the right side CTRL and SHIFT buttons.
With the help of Sharp Keys I was able to set this up quite easily. You can download it from