Monday, January 10, 2011

Contract Killer

For the record, I hate “suit-speak”. It shouldn’t cost €500 in legal fees to make a contract for a €2500 site. Happily, there’s a great starting point for contracts…

The benefit of working with an independent web developer is the lack of onerous terms and conditions - it’s a much closer relationship than you’ll ever see from a company with more than 10 employees. We’re small and light on our feet, much like a cockroach after a nuclear war, and without the expensive infrastructure to support, small companies can often get far more work done for significantly less money.

Happily, Andy Clark from Stuff and Nonsense, a UK design site, has taken upon himself to supply us a great starting point: his contract killer, a great starting point for an easily-read, socially-friendly contract that you (probably) won’t ever need a lawyer for. Of course, it probably wouldn’t be bad to run it by a lawyer in your part of the world, just in case…  wink

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

What’s your Facebook Footprint?

Did you know you can now download every wall post, every response, every comment, every poke, every photo or video you’ve ever put on Facebook? What’s your Facebook Footprint?


Now you can back up every misstep, every faux pas, every whoopsie you’ve ever made in public.

On October 7th, Facebook announced it would begin to let people download all the personal information they’ve put on Facebook. All you need to do is:

  • Top Menu: Account
  • Choose Account Settings
  • At the bottom of the page is Download your Information
  • Fill in your password and click Continue
  • It will take a bit of time for Facebook to compile it, and once you get a note that it’s ready you’ll have to prove it’s your data, but boom - one nicely organized zip file with all your assets. You prove it’s your data by identifying friends in photos not in your account, so a hacker would have to know you fairly well to download the file.

    Off you go!

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    Monday, June 14, 2010

    Project 52…

    So what does it mean when the person starting an initiative doesn’t have time for it?

    Project 52 was a bit of an eye-opener. Think it’s hard to write? Try forcing yourself to write once a week, on something of value.

    It seems the initiative died last week, or month…hard to tell…and the connecting website that makes all of this possible just disappeared. It’s probably not the workload for writing, but instead I believe there was a great underestimation of how much coordination was required to get this going.

    I too found myself lost for words. Hopefully should this happen again, we’ll all be better prepared.  wink

    Until that time, I return to my regularly unscheduled schedule.

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    Thursday, January 21, 2010

    Best quote of the day:

    “Spiteful words can hurt your feelings but silence breaks your heart.” 
    Oooh, so true.

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    Saturday, September 26, 2009

    Paul Carvill understands me

    Why front-end developers are so important to the future of businesses on the web
    or How traditional businesses who have moved to the web regularly undervalue their front-end web developers, and are worse off because of that.

    My favourite quote:

    The modern web developer has huge amounts of value to offer a business. Indeed the type of professional you often find in this role encapsulates the very best the web has to offer:

  • up-to-date knowledge of available and emerging technologies

  • extensive experience of implementing de facto web standards and programming patterns

  • database configuration and data manipulation

  • implementation across multiple platforms and legacy software applications

  • provisioning for mobile devices

  • data aggregation

  • graphics sourcing and creation

  • search engine optimisation (SEO)

  • a thorough understanding of the aesthetics and parameters of designing for the web

  • This and more are true - very often, as front-end developer, the definition of our work is to make the whole of the development process seamless. In a world where the squeaky wheels get the grease, making everything “just work” somewhat condemn us to political obscurity within the organization. So I’ve learned to move-on more often; that seems to do the trick.

    Yes - this is a call-out. More fun to come soon.

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