As you start out creating something out of nothing, it quickly becomes clear that you need to learn things you hadn’t planned on learning. The most valuable thing that you learn is the art of saying No.
If you are leading the process, you need to identify holes in the idea, process and people that might detract you from your ultimate goal. Counter to popular belief, this doesn’t always become easier with experience. With each new idea come new people, new processes and new hurdles for a new goal. What remains constant is to be able to say no to bad ideas which could quickly balloon to take up your precious time.
Each time you add a new feature, you make another promise to your customer. Before you do that, check if you have done all you can to keep the promises you have already made. Focus on your existing promises and say no to the rest.
We run a pure Mac development environment with Macbooks and Macbook Pros for my startup in Bangalore. Recently, my maxed out Macbook lost its LCD backlight and had to be sent into the Apple Store (Imagine). Running a new startup without a computer to work with isn’t advisable, besides personal withdrawal issues. I realized that we need an extra system in the office so that if something breaks down, we have a machine to work with. Obviously, as a startup we can’t go around buying Mac Pros for redundancy.
So I chose to go the Hackintosh way. I got a 10.5.2 Hardware Compatibility List off the OSX86Project Wiki and speced out a system that was under $500/Rs.22,000 and started looking for people who could deliver the goods. I found ‘Pintu’ at Karnataka Computers who did the entire thing up for me. So this is what my config looks like:
- Gigabyte Motherboard GA-945GCM-S2L
- Intel 2.4Ghz Core 2 Duo
- Transcend 1 x 2GB Ram
- LiteOn 20x DVD Burner
- NVidia XFX 7200GS 256MB
- 500GB Hard Disk Sata (a little extra)
- Netgear WiFi USB Adapter WG111v3
- Logitech Wireless Keyboard + Mouse Set
- Cabinet, SMPS, Wires etc.
It is such a smooth machine, that I ended up buying a 22″ LG Flatron LCD and making it my mainstay. My Time Machine backup had me up and running in a day – yes it took me that long to retrieve my data. Besides the slow data recovery, the only problem I had was that my USB devices need to be connected before I start up or restart my machine, I am hoping that its a fix that’s out there. Update: I upgraded to modbin 9.3.0 kernel and its all taken care of.
A working and powerful Mac desktop in under Rs.30,000/$750 in India. Awesome.
These guys did a bang up job at finalizing the configuration and delivering it in Bangalore within a couple of hours:
Karanataka Computers, 080-2229-0815
I just tried signing into my Flickr account and it kept giving me ‘wrong id/password’ message, making my heart skip a beat each time. But after five minutes, I was able to sign into My Yahoo! and now another 10 minutes later, into Flickr.com.
Did they just have a hiccup?