PS:326 – Passive Income + Writing

As it was told to me the other day “Adulting Sucks.” It really does sometimes. Working to build passive income, and that’s not always easy but I am wanting to do so via a series of blogs and advertising – but honestly? Who has time to write.

Well that’s the plan to make the time and work toward writing at least once a day but I’m looking for something to work as a posting ground in which I can then distribute the post to other blogs, so say for instance I’m writing a something for a tech piece that would fit on this blog and maybe 2 others, simply tag where it posts and boom, everywhere.

I started a review of Thrust Networks website recently and I forgot how much leg work I did towards building the content layout, just need to write it all up and get it online, but honestly the brand name of Thrust Networks  has come on my radar as something I’m considering changing or loosing. There is another Thrust Networks in Sydney, and one in India (which seem to love my Facebook page) but the thing is honestly its always had a connection to the misconception of being a company that deals in porn.

Since the  early days I remember when talking to Ensim (a control panel I first used) the sales rep was hesitant talking to me and said “I don’t think we do business in your industry” and I asked “Shared Hosting?” Well the name set him to think “Thrust” as in Thrusting – maybe it’s time for a change, or a really clean re-brand.

A lot going on, a lot happening – just finished recording an FH Update for July, need to edit it, write up a newsletter, and maybe even sneak in a nap! Not sure how clear this entire blog was, a lot of rambling in this one 😀

PS:315 – Taxes Suck

So this year taxes came together in record time. Why? I’ve really been trying to keep a better grasp on numbers, but to the reports/tools of the billing system, vendors I use who have reporting on what I spent, etc. it’s still not 100% easy/perfect, but compared to years past it has been a lot easier to put together, a lot lower stress.

Let’s be honest though it’s taxes. Taxes suck. I really wish it was a matter of “You made X, you owe Y.” in my mind at least that would be so much easier because I know how much I made all things said and done, just take a day and get back to the business part.

To that end reaching out to my aunt who did/does the CPA thing, seeing if they can suggest maybe either an online service, firm, etc. maybe even just get some suggestions from them on better structuring things because I’m needing it to be easier and easier, not harder and harder – and if I can manage somehow to keep healthy growth, then too may need to change some business funds up.

16+ years doing this stuff, I’ve put my app in places in those 16+ years, worked various things, just I’m at that point where I am trying to eliminate as much stress as possible in everything as I can because there is enough stress in life to have to worry about finances? No thanks. Need to change it up.

For this tax season? I’m done. Filed, back to the grind of it all – okay that’s a lie. I am overly exhausted, thus I’m letting the kiddo sleep in till at least 10 am and then I’m going to work to chill-out a little bit. Been a low week for hours, been a slow day thus far already (praying that doesn’t change) just need a break, maybe once the Mrs. comes home I may venture out and catch a movie? Fly the drone? Dance like no one is watching? Something just not in front of this terminal.

Happy Post-Tax Day

PS:314 – 51

When I started the Post Something (PS) idea , it was for 365 days. Straight. Well life has happened, and while best intentions of getting in a post a day, I’ve fallen short. If all had gone well, I’d of been done on 01/18/2017, however here we are 04/17/2017 (A few days late… right.)

I wish I could say there were valid reasons, and I’m sure there were – marriage, kiddo, family, work, sure sure, lots of options of why – but if it’s a must, then it should of been a must. I failed. Plain and simple. But like the Jamaican Bobsled Team in Cool Runnings (Thanks Netflix!) , I’m going to carry myself across the finish line and that’s 51 more posts. That’s it. Now from beyond that? Not sure how it’ll continue, likely just back to posting occasionally.

Been working on taxes (yes last minute) fighting fatigue and stress at the moment, just seems like I’m going upstream without a paddle, but ran very rough numbers, and I think I’m going to be okay. I have my $800 check set aside for the LLC minimum tax, just have to organize my numbers, which is pretty much some of my night while I wait on a few reboots/tweaks on servers, and hopefully not the entire day tomorrow. I’d love to get things setup with an accountant, I’d love to hand it off, but part of me is thinking of too maybe re-branding. Thrust Networks has always gotten me a lot of strange looks. Maybe time to shutter it, start a new name, and start the books off fresh with someone who can help me get it setup, help me streamline and make it all easier to manage year-to-year – two birds, one stone.

A lot of options on the horizon, taxes off that horizon helps a lot, a lot of changes, a lot of things in motion, I’d love to see more business growth, I’d love to have a simple tax system in the US of “You made $3 million dollars? You owe $1000.” lol something simple, I hate this overly complex system, and while companies like Turbo Tax do help cut through some of it, I’d just as soon not deal with it – so re-working the entire system sounds like a good plan on my side, just finding the way to do it, thats the big “How do I?” question.

Going to bed soon I hope, for now, back to work.

PS:313 – Improving Performance

I have been working on plans to really improve options for projects – in a growing world of site builders and outages in hosting, it’s harder and harder to keep customers, and keep them happy.

This week I had a lot more planned, sadly this week has not gone as I had planned at all. I mean I thought it was Tuesday yesterday, and here we are on Wednesday. Doh.

But I’ve got some work done, some improvements in performance my usual test subject (aka this blog) is already showing an improvement from a C- to an A (working on the +) 😀 So quite the improvement.

Also working on a BIG eComm upgrade for a customer, been testing a server setup to bring their database into a huge HA cluster, and I’m excited about it! While the customer may not be a long-term customer, if I can off-load MySQL – might be able to keep him longer with improved performance, really handle things like high-traffic really well, so excited about the idea, right now in testing I’ve grabbed a copy of the site for a dev server that goes live tomorrow, I’m going to map all my DNS and give it a stress test or three. I think it’s going to work amazingly! If I’m right, time to schedule a change or three 🙂

I need to get to sleep, car maintenance today, then maybe a quick run downtown for talk about another project (that can greatly benefit from these wacky improvements I’m thinking about) so much to do, taxes, work, fun, sleep, etc. lots to do, little time. Here we go.

PS:311 – MacOS Sierra

So tonight during my week clean-up (reviewing time I put in on contracts, making invoices, email catch-up, and order queue review) I started on a process to really get my Computing setup working smoother.

If you recall I built a hackintosh last year and it’s served me fairly well, it’s not likely everyone’s cup of tea as the setup isn’t always forgiving for a production machine. I tried once to upgrade to MacOS Sierra and let’s just say it did not go well. I ended up restoring a disk image I made of the system before the upgrade but was in the clear. Figured it was time to try again as summer comes I will be traveling and syncing desktop & docs to iCloud would make for a more portable work experiencing.

I will note if you have a GA-Z170N-GAMING 5 motherboard like I do suggestions for upgrading if you have issues?

  • Upgrade to latest clover.
  • Fresh versions of KEXTS
  • AppleACL
  • Delete MacOS Sierra Installer + Re-Download it.

All in all? Some minor hiccups but now I’ve got everything sync’d up between devices and my 2015 MBP will travel a little smoother, content writing is more unified with Bear, and in this process I’ve even cleaned my desk a little. Nothing to brag about, but better.

I do have more journey in making this office a tad more “work like” here after taxes and business level out, saving up for a new desk to replace my folding table, and on the back wall behind me want to put a small couch for relaxing/coding when I need a change of location.

Also VPN’d up outside of my own VPN setup, I am going to cut down from a Bi-Costal VPN node setup to just a single private one of my own for business security, and then keep this new one for devices like my Phones, Laptops and Tablets, too once the wife gets moved off Verizon to Cricket full time this month, lock her down because while Cricket may not be as fast as Verizon, at least they won’t sell off everything she does on her phone – glad I get covered on 6 devices! Woot!

More work to do tonight aside from just getting work all streamlined, going to put in a bit of dev time on a BIG project, but been working on FlockHosting, got it loading SMOOTHLY! Already brainstorming what Thrust Networks will be like, but really pushing this year for some hefty growth if at all possible as all sides are a bit wobbly with some clients and I can’t get too comfortable just coasting hoping more business will just appear! Hitting the pavement running, saving more, growing more, now if I could just get sleeping more in there somewhere 🙂

Be well! Posted this on FB, but figure this might encourage anyone who stumbles across this too:

PS:309 – Coding Morning?

Sadly yesterday… Didn’t go quite as planned. I’m still up, yes it’s 4 am, am I tired? Maybe. Too soon to tell (please note attempt at humor… of course I’m tired!)

A lot of things sorting out this early AM, sadly this week has not been gentle. It has not gone smoothly. It’s quite frankly… Very rough.

Coding project is about 30% done, had to re-tool the image gathering routine to cut time, shaved off nearly 1.2 seconds per image, and reduced the CPU time in half, granted this doesn’t do the image manipulation part of things, thankfully, it doesn’t have to because this app is generating a set of assets the primary app can import should something go horribly wrong.

My hope is we’ll never “NEED” to use this app (I know I’m writing it, and it has a purpose) the purpose is one of those to have it and not need it, then to not have it and need it.

I figure at this rate maybe 4 hours of sleep if I went to bed now, however the “quick” migration to a 3rd party host for a designed site, snag, after snag, on my 3rd attempt to upload… progress, yet still not complete.

Server tuning of the 2 of the three planned new servers is underway, I’m holding off on the WordPress one until I have a package, and a link to buy it, no need to spin something up if I’m not ready to use it, save some CPU!

Did some minor shuffling of papers today, going to try and have all numbers calculated this weekend and ready to go for next week – I think I’m going to be fine, but need to find myself a business finances advisor to really clean it up, get it to someone to help manage, and if I can wing it maybe increase some of the money that comes in 🙂

Anywhoo, I have [========% ] left on the FTP progress bar, so close, yet this server is slow as slow can be in transfer speed, going to try and crash out soon I hope and pick up again in the morning, other projects to wrap up tomorrow too, deadlines and more deadlines.

PS:308 – Coding Day

So today is a coding day, trying to clear my head and dig in, I’ve mapped out 99% of this, working on streamlining functions for this and basically re-inventing how an existing app works to help keep the lights running. Oi.

I’ve got myself notes on the current database, file structure, and going to tie that all into a magical little script which works to build a backup of data which the current system has no backup option at all, going to make it on-demand too for the customer + tune up some old code aside from this new number.

Low on sleep, but writing strangely helps clear my brain, even if I’m not skilled at making sure the correct form of “your” is in there 😉 I do what helps and this helps focus and clear my head, so now, onto the fresh dev box I just built out to get coding. Happy Tuesday All!

PS:307 – The PS Project

While the idea was to PS (Post Something) for 365 days in a row, I obviously failed. Some might be able to balance all of life, six companies, 2.5yr old, bills, cooking, driving, trips, etc. – Sadly in that wild-life timeline, Posting to a blog didn’t fit in the top priority listing. Which has given me pause to writing as a side job, maybe it isn’t the right time.

I need a lot more scheduling and planning if I hope to launch a site in which the primary content is my writing. Long ago with HappyPalm and others, it was easy, I was passionate about what came on my phone, what news was a trend, it was in my face, and my responsibilities were fewer.

I want to get to the point where I can write, where I can do what I’m doing right now – typing, getting my thoughts out there, or the steady improvement of recording a vLog style video to produce and handle monthly for customers, but maybe find a way to do it nightly. I need a stronger schedule. Soon.

Taxes are coming. I am dreading them on the one hand, however this next week I’m going to sit down, crunch the numbers, get it all lined up so all I need to do? Plugin numbers, add all of it into Turbo Tax, see the good or the bad, get it sorted out and got it done. I don’t want to dread till the 18th; I need to find an accountant, likely need to re-structure how I do business – anyone knows anyone trustworthy and reliable?

Work has been a tad nuts, really working to get things ironed out smoother and smoother, just been one of those things where just when you think it’s going to get easier? Monkeywrench. Last week got one of those, and this week still sadly sitting waiting on one contract I have to pay out 3, going on four invoices – all of which I had hoped would be in the bank already, one is 60 days overdue today. Oi. Not the first time a customer’s done that – again I need to find a better way to handle these sorts of things.

I want to get back into the swing of the PS project; I want to get back into the swing of trying to write something every-day. I have pondered the start of the day and the end of the day, at the moment? Leaning towards the start, but imagining it’ll stick to the end. For now? Wrapping it up.

PS:296 — Got nothing to say

And yet, I’ve opened the app. Maybe just the action of going to do it will help? Nope. Didn’t really help. It has been a long week, a long day, and after fighting with the amazingly beautiful “I don’t need to sleep dad” (I won!) I’m back at the desk solved 2 billing issues, and bouncing back and forth on the options to:

A) Goto Sleep.

B) Work on a Server

C) Veg on YouTube

D) Dance.

E) Consider A again.

The year’s nearly over. Hoping that 2016 will wrap up with more paying customers (the dreaded Pre/Post Christmas Delay) with folks who are out of town/not checking billing issues – hoping its quick and painless.

Back to pondering my options, Happy Friday.

PS:291 — No sleep.

It never fails. Sleep is completely lost over the process of a night, got maybe 45 minute power nap during the day, and tonight, I’m hoping to wrap up here soon.

Putting in some more ground work on the tasks I set ahead of myself, TFH is hovering pretty well, really going over some things which are part of a course I signed up for – it will help focus me a bit more and get things lined up to hopefully grow it into a business a bit more.

Clothing and such, really excited about this, but not sure what I am going to do design wise 100%, the company who’s going to do my printing has offered a sample, I just need to provide the artwork, thinking a nice FlockHosting shirt would be nice, take my collection up to two, and maybe get a poster for the wall in here… artwork, now I sound all fancy.

New FlockHosting.com is not where I want it to be, maybe more time on it here tomorrow after some sleep.

For now, few more hours of work, then hopefully in bed before 3 if I can wing it.