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Web site status review

Wednesday 25 October 2017, 17:55

The start of November will mark one year of my current round of living in Toronto. Slightly more than a year since I ended my 15-year stint in academic research. My main activity now is running my company, North Coast Synthesis Ltd., and I've been writing weekly Web log entries there. Writing those is one reason I've posted relatively few updates here.

This is why your Shopify storefront has no sales

Sunday 8 October 2017, 11:03

Since launching my own Web shop on Shopify in August, I've spent a fair bit of time on the Shopify forum, reading comments from other shopkeepers. There's a specific genre of discussion thread that comes up there about once per day: the "Why don't I have any sales?" thread. Someone will post that question, with a link to their own shop, and ask for advice from the other shopkeepers. I don't have all the answers, but I have noticed some pretty consistent habits of shopkeepers who have no sales and are asking the forum for help.

Begin Primary Ignition

Saturday 22 July 2017, 13:41

I'm very close to officially launching the North Coast Synthesis Web storefront. I have stock for the first product ready to sell. All that remains to do is file a few more sales tax registrations, and I expect to sort that out this coming week. I'm aiming for August 1 as the launch date. If you're reading this on my Web site you'll note I've replaced the long-running Chessudoku ad with one for my new store.

North Coast May update

Thursday 18 May 2017, 12:10

It's been a while since I posted an update on where things are going with the synthesizer business, so here are some notes.

Panels and testing

Friday 10 March 2017, 15:37

It's been about a month since my last update on North Coast and my life in general, so here are some notes on how things have been going.

Dongguan Wizbang

Thursday 9 February 2017, 18:44

Here's another update on what's up with my new life and new business. In general, there's progress being made, but I'm still facing a lot of annoying delays.

Modular synthesis intro, part 3: How to get started

Tuesday 31 January 2017, 10:56

I will assume that you've already read part 1, which describes what a modular synthesizer is; and part 2, which says that you shouldn't buy one. Your spouse isn't allowed to kill me because I did warn you, and your cat has already formed an opinion on your intelligence anyway. In this final installment I'm going to offer some suggestions on how to get started with modular synthesis. Very much depends on your own reasons, which are ultimately known only to you, for why you've decided to do this. I can only offer some insights that may be helpful for what I think are typical newcomers.

Modular synthesis intro, part 2: Don't do it!

Saturday 21 January 2017, 14:27

When I started the market research for my business, I put together a profile of who'd be buying my products. I imagined my customers as the kind of people I've met in the modular synthesis hobbyist community. These are people with a fair bit of disposable income (typically because of having California "tech" jobs and no family except cats), who already have medium to large modular systems worth $5000 or more. They are already familiar with the concepts, have been doing modular synthesis for a few years already, and are looking for something extra to add to their existing installations.

Modular synthesis intro, part 1: What is it?

Thursday 19 January 2017, 13:15

My mother asked me to explain what I'm up to in one sentence, for inclusion in the annual Christmas Letter, and I said that I'm making electronic musical instruments. That's a pretty good summary as far as it goes. But people often want more detail on what modular synthesizers are all about, and this is the first of three postings I'm writing so that I can have a place to which I can direct the curious. In this episode I'll summarize what modular synthesis is. Next time, I'll explain why you shouldn't get involved in modular synthesis, and what to do instead. And in part 3, I'll give some advice on how to get started with modular synthesis, for those who foolishly ignored part 2.

I may update these postings a bit in the future, if they prove to have any lasting value. And as a reminder, my company is North Coast Synthesis Ltd., and I'll some day soon be selling synthesizer modules from my Web storefront, which is not open yet. You can register your address on that page if you want me to send you an email when it opens.

Introducing North Coast Synthesis Ltd.

Wednesday 11 January 2017, 19:43

The synthesizer project has reached an important milestone: my business is now incorporated, under the name North Coast Synthesis Ltd. The Web site will be at northcoastsynthesis.com, which currently just redirects to a password-locked Shopify storefront, but will become public and have some real content in the near future. Watch this space, that site, or my Twitter account, for further updates as they happen.