Has Opinions 8: College Degree vs Coding Bootcamp

Today Chris and Daniel talk about building a closet recording studio, a do nothing weekend, and an example of a Computer Science Degree vs a coding bootcamp.

This week the struggle is real for Chris trying to build a studio in a closet to have a quiet place to record. Mics, tables, and legs, oh my!

Daniel spent the past weekend summoning the gig economy to bring him stuff so he could do absolutely nothing all weekend.

We spend the episode discussing a blog post from a local bootcamp written by a person who got a 4 year degree majoring in computer science, couldn’t get a job after graduation, and then went through the bootcamp and got a job.

Why did a degree that costs upwards of $200,000 not provide enough skills for a graduate to get a job?

Was a coding bootcamp that costs $22,500 the only viable option to get hired in the tech industry?

Is this a roadmap to success or a cautionary tale?

Is there more to this story? (probably!)

We have opinions!

Email questions and comments to hosts@hasopinions.wtf

Find us on Twitter at at:

Has Opinions 7: Deep Work and Kid Free Trips

Today Chris and Daniel talk about kid free trips with our spouses and the book Deep Work.

Both of us had kid-free trips this past weekend. It’s hard to do, but so very needed.

We spent most of the episode discussing the book Deep Work by Cal Newport.

If you ascribe to “Deep Work” how do you choose what work to work deeply on if you’re a founder?
Example: Daniel could do deep work learning React, Vue.js or some other framework. Or I can hire someone to do tasks requiring that skill and instead do deep work learning how to identify and serve customers.

  • Daniel describes the book and how it’s split into two parts: The case for deep work, and how to do deep work.
  • Chris has found time-boxing super helpful to get tasks done.

Email questions and comments to hosts@hasopinions.wtf

Find us on Twitter at at:

Has Opinions 6: Health care and self-employment

Today Chris and Daniel have opinions on health care in the USA as a self-employed person.

We are each heading out of town this weekend with our spouse on trips without kids!

We describe the health care Marketplace which is where people in the United States can purchase health insurance when they do not get access to it through their employer.

Daniel is self employed and Chris might be one day so this is something we both think about.

We discuss the benefits of having an HSA and that sometimes the cash price is similar or close enough to the insurance negotiated price.

Going self-employed comes with risk because there is no guaranteed paycheck. Daniel shares that health insurance is just a small part of that risk and shouldn’t be used as a reason to not start your own company or be independent.

We suggest:

  1. Have an emergency fund
    1. Decide what you think you might need for health insurance in the next year when deciding between high vs low deductibles (and how that affects your monthly payment)

We then discuss if there is a possibility or market for creating a company with other entrepreneurs purely to get a group insurance plan?

Has Opinions 5: Vacation is Productive, Tesla is your babysitter

Today Chris and Daniel give updates on their side businesses and share their opinions about what a terrible financial decision cars can be.

Chris shares updates about mysqlbackups.tv and talks about updating an RDS server in production 😱.

Daniel shares about doing that content dance for growdevelopment.com.

Chris shares about his new project of remodeling a bedroom closet into a recording studio. This is the byproduct of having an infant in the house who you don’t want to wake up. We also discuss if a sleeping baby can be left in a zero-emissions vehicle and when Tesla will make a robot babysitter 🤔.

The rest of the episode is spent discussing a quote from The Fizzle Show episode about “The Danger of Not Taking Time Off“:

I realized in the course of doing business long enough, you really do
learn, oh man, i am the problem in my business right now. I’m the
problem because I can’t think straight. I don’t know what to do next.
I don’t have the right mindset to get the projects that I’m doing over
the finish line.

Through trying to build a business to have the kind of lifestyle I
want, I don’t have the kind of lifestyle I want because I’m always
on.

Time off is important stuff indeed. We also talk about the concept of a “Founder’s Retreat” as described by Rob Walling.

Email questions and comments to hosts@hasopinions.wtf

Find us on Twitter at at:

Has Opinions 4: Side Hustles & How Cars Affect Your Wealth

Today Chris and Daniel give updates on their side businesses and share their opinions about what a terrible financial decision cars can be.

Chris shares updates about mysqlbackups.tv.

Daniel shares some back story along with updates on shopplugins.com.

Cars are a necessity while living in a suburb like both hosts do. Cars can be a tool, or they can be a depreciating asset of doom. Daniel bought a used car this week and shares the thought process of that decision.

Daniel tells a cautionary tale about the cost of classic cars and says farewell to his beloved Vanagon.

We also discuss other thoughts like “Can using a Lyft be a viable alternative to a second car?”

Email questions and comments to hosts@hasopinions.wtf

Find us on Twitter at at:

Has Opinions 3: Laracon, Side Projects, Dadops, and Social Media

Today Chris and Daniel talk about Laracon 2018, our side projects, #dadops, and how social media sucks.

It’s summertime so we have both been traveling. Chris flew to Chicago to attend Laracon 2018 and was rewarded with a case of plague. (He’s all healed up!)

We talked about our side projects. Chris shared a new course he’s working on https://mysqlbackups.tv/

We both have a wife and kid(s) and work from home so we talked about productivity and #dadops.

We laid out our opinions on how social media sucks lately, and how we wonder if a new contender like Mastodon might make social great again.

We also shared our opinions on living in the 46th North American market when it comes to tech talent.

Email questions and comments to hosts@hasopinions.wtf

Find us on Twitter at at:

Has Opinions: 2 Time, Money, and Freedom

Today Chris and Daniel talk about Time, Money, and Freedom.

We both got fired up about Tropical MBA episode 448 “The Cult of Early Retirement” so we wanted to share a bit about how we feel would answer the question of “What should you do after you get out of debt and get a handle on your income?”

We then talk about the different types of income streams available on the internet and our experience with some of them.

Email questions and comments to hosts@hasopinions.wtf

Find us on Twitter at at:

Has Opinions 1: WoW again

Our first episode of the Has Opinions podcast where we discuss starting to play World of Warcraft after a many year hiatus.
We’re just figuring out our audio setup in this episode.