Saturday, March 22, 2014
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
A few weeks ago, James Andrews was on his way to facilitate a workshop on social media at a large client's headquarters; he posted on Twitter: True confession but I'm in one of those towns where I scratch my head and say "I would die if I had to live here!" Fairly innocuous, I would have thought, however it drew the attention of one of the client's employees, who decided to write a lengthy email response and copy their management in on the reaction.
It was quickly picked up on blogs where the situation escalated out of control. It seems FedEx (the client) and most of Memphis were offended, and the attention it gained spiralled towards madness.
James responded shortly after, explaining how it came out differently to what he intended, however the perceived damage was done. The moral we can all learn here is to be acutely aware of how your status messages or tweets may sound, especially when traveling to a client's office. However, if you'd like to ramp up your followers you may want to consider such a stunt -- this graph shows that James had a surge of followers after that infamous tweet.
Monday, January 5, 2009
The obvious (and most simplistic) answer is to do good work. You should also: be honest and responsible; solve actual problems instead of imagined ones; look out for your client’s best interests; and complete each job. Every time you follow these basic tenets of being a good IT consultant, your reputation improves.
As the Billie Holiday song “God Bless The Child” goes, them that’s got shall get — but what if you’re one of them that’s not? Here are six strategies that can give your IT consulting career a leg up.
#1: Word of mouth
Most of my clients learned about me by word of mouth; this is the oldest and, in my opinion, the most effective channel. Think about all the people who know about your abilities: former employers, former coworkers, classmates from college, and current and former clients. Ask some of them if they’ll give you a recommendation, or if they know anyone who is looking for an IT consultant. (Do not cold call or spam people you don’t know, or send uninvited copies of your resume without a recommendation from someone the client already knows. It’s a waste of time.)
A number of readers of the TechRepublic IT Consultant blog consider themselves “jacks-of-all-trades,” but the continuation of that saying holds a lot of truth: “master of none.” You may cultivate a reputation for being the go-to guy or gal to fix any problem that comes up, but you can only take that role so far. To really drive up your demand, become an expert in one specific area. You should select a topic/field that you’re passionate about because you need to immerse yourself in it day and night. Ideally, you want to know practically everything you can about the topic and be able to contribute your innovations, while maintaining a good general knowledge of all related fields.
#3: Web site
You must have an Internet presence — you’re in IT for crying out loud. When potential clients search online to find authoritative help, you want them to be able to find you. Web sites that are updated frequently (such as blogs) tend to get a better search engine ranking. Blogs are great for another reason: You can establish a level of authority on a specific topic by researching and frequently writing about it. If people who are considered authorities in your field start linking to you, this enhances your authority.
Read blogs and forums that discuss your specialty (and related topics) and comment frequently. Link to them from your blog, and make sure you pingback or trackback so that your thoughts get included in the conversation. The more you think about and discuss your specialty with others in the field, you’ll build a better reputation — and rightly so, because you will have learned a lot in the process.
#5: Free samples
If you really want to convince people of your worth, post examples of your work on your Web site. This doesn’t apply very well to networking or security consultants, but it really works for software. If people learn something from your site, and they use it, like it, and marvel at the simple elegance of its design, they’ll probably want to hire you for related projects in the future.
The ultimate level of reputation you can achieve is to be the person who helped create the technology the client wants to use. While this may disqualify some potential clients because they can’t afford your price, it’s a nice problem to have. Believe me, there will be plenty of other clients who can’t get enough of you. Insider status used to be extremely difficult to achieve in packaged software — it still is for proprietary software, where you basically have to be an employee or a long-term contractor to gain that experience. If you get involved in an open-source project, you can easily become an insider on one of the products that drive development these days. Pick your product well, though, because you’ll be spending a lot of time working with it.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I am some pro!
Ok back to the matter at hand, I was mindlessly going thru the cnet RSS feed(or was it atom??) and came across this piece An end to the Google bonus fairytale?
Gosh, I've known friends in google India make more than $5000 in annual bonus, now people working in BAy area to get a mobile phone for Bonus...
That will be some day, huh...This surely is an economic meltdown...
The article follows.
For Googlers eagerly awaiting their famous holiday bonuses, be warned: Santa is tightening his belt too.
Google employees, some of whom have reportedly grown used to fairytale-like cash bonuses on the north side of $20,000, apparently got coal in their stockings this year. Certainly that's the takeaway for gossip blog Valleywag, which in a headline likened this year's bonus to "dogfood"--a euphemism for in-house testing--because Google would like some feedback.
So how bad was it? Well, Google gave its employees a smartphone. Yep, can you believe it? Man, if I had a nickel for all the years my bosses gave me a smartphone...
But I digress. Back to Google's gift. Apparently, Valleywag took issue with Google giving its employees an Android--its own phone! Well, actually, the memo that Valleywag reprinted referred to it as a "Dream phone." It's basically the T-Mobile G1 that retails for $179.99, but it's been customized to "work anywhere in the world" on the carrier of their choice. (Google estimates its value at $400.)
Here, in the real world, while many in the tech industry have received pink slips, Google employees are receiving a gift--oh, yeah, it is a gift--that many people would love to find under their trees. What a bummer, man. As far as the dogfooding goes, I am guessing that this company that has a reputation for being astoundingly generous when economic realities were more positive isn't going to can employees for not sending back the questionnaire.
Now, back to the topic of Santa...
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Yesterday night, during a regular news at 10 session a small scroll began as it sad "Bomb blasts in Mumbai CST" , dismissing it to be a low intensity blast, I was surfing channels and was shocked beyond words to see live images of gore and horror, as chaos reigned and both Oberai and Taj Mahal hotel is telecasted with commotion of gun-fires and grenade hurlings I've never expected to see in real life. (rather than when Arnold was part of it in some hi-budget Hollywood Flick)
Now, The details are clear(to a degree)
* - Terrorists Striked in 4 different places in a coordinated attack this country has ever witnessed.
* - The beating breast of Mumbai is the financal district surrounding Oberai hotels, nearly 40 hostages are there with scores of them being British and American citizens.
* - The intensity & audacity of the attack is so giant that we should really tell the establishment was caught in unawares...
* - There were two boats ladden with explosives near the Gateway of India and was seized and deactivated in time.
* - Seems only seems that the terrorists have abducted some western nationals along with Indian Citizens..
The Saddest part of the story is , India Today lost 3 of her Heroes in the action and they were caught unprepared and Under-equipped , The famed Head of The Anti Terrorism Squad Hemant Karkarae and ACP of Mumbai were killed when their command vehicle was entering the Hotel..
They died as they lived with a carbine in hand and a bullet in chest...and once this carnage is over, theres' going to be a hell lot of an investigation to conduct.
Right now, Entire Indian Security establishment has been mooted, INclding The NSG, ATS, Army commandos and the CRPF ....
More chaos and more confusion ...My hope and Yes PRAYERS are with those holed up in those places and the more so with e brave soles who endures the wrath and trying thier bet to end this nightmare...
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
For those who hadn’t heard, NASA is gearing up to build a permanent moonbase in the next decade or so — if it can find the right legacy hard drive expert to save their bacon. Seriously.
Here’s how it breaks down: NASA learned the hard way during Apollo that moon dust is insanely abrasive, sort of like aerosol sandpaper. Learning how to deal with moon dust is going to be a serious issue for moonbase planners. Fortunately, NASA accrued all kinds of moon dust data during the 1970s.
Unfortunately, NASA “misplaced” all its moon dust data tapes, mostly because it never thought they’d come in handy. Since NASA lost the originals — and thus never translated the moon dust data to modern media — and all it has left are backups of the original data tapes, which can only be read by a vintage IBM 729 mark 5 tape drive. For those scoring at home, IBM stopped making the 729 in the 1960s. Thankfully, an Australian computer museum had one on mothballs, but it isn’t functional.
Thus, if any of you old-school tech heads has the kung fu to get a 40 years out-of-date tape drive running, NASA has a job for you. It’s sort of like the plot of Space Cowboys, only nerdier. And they say old IT guys have nothing to contribute.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Now, a year after YouTube introduced its Video Identification tool to stem misuse, there seems to be a considerable decrease in the illicit videos online.
For more details, head to TechRepublic and see & hear Rick Cotton, the general counsel for NBC, on how automated systems for identifying and protecting professionally produced content are working, particularly at YouTube.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
PayPal is currently processing $1,571 worth of transactions per second ( that is $2,262,240 per day) in 17 different currencies on about 4,000 servers running Red Hat Linux. Thompson supervises a payment system that operates on about 4,000 servers running Red Hat Linux in the same manner that eBay and Google conduct their business on top of a grid of Linux servers. "I have been pleasantly surprised at how much we've been able to do with this approach. It operates like a mainframe," he said.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Here's a question for you. When your last project finished, what was the final communication the client received from you? Was it a bottle of wine and card, a "Thanks for the work, call me if you need anything," or just an invoice in the mail?
It seems to be very common for us designers, developers, freelancers, and businesses to be keen to talk at the start of a project, but shy to speak at the end.
What we really need to do at the completion stage of projects is to thank the client for their business, and then ask them some hard questions.
Why do I say hard? Well, maybe it's the human condition, but we as service providers don't like to imagine that clients are ever anything but absolutely impressed with our work -- but I have to tell you, the truth is that they often aren't.
Think back to the last time you were out for a meal. When you paid, the waitperson probably asked you about your experience. In answer to "How was everything?", you probably mumbled something like, "It was good, thanks" -- even if you didn't feel that way.
Why? Few of us like confrontation. We don't like to give neutral or negative feedback (unless it's within the relative anonymity of an online auction web site!) and we don't like receiving it, either.
However, feedback is very important to us, as individuals and as businesses, in order to grow and improve -- even if that does mean we open our ears to possibly negative feedback as well.
The next time a project wraps up, consider emailing your client a link to an online survey. I have found people are far more willing to be honest completing a form instead of speaking directly to you.
Ask them what they liked most about the project -- and then ask them what they liked least. You really do want to know. It could be something really simple that you or your firm is doing over and over, with every project, assuming clients like it when in fact they don't. This habit or process could be holding you back from success!
In my business, we've been seeking feedback in this way for a few years now. We get some great feedback, both positive and negative, which helps us tune our processes and our services to better suit the next customer. We've had some really crazy input, too -- for example, our coffees were too strong, or we were so good that the client was going to miss our weekly meetings!
There are countless survey software systems available (see below for a handful of them), many of which have a free plan. Alternatively, it's a trivial matter to whip up your own web-to-email form. The trick is to avoid asking questions that are too leading: "Did you find our design team very enthusiastic?", or that allow for only yes or no answers -- keep questions open. Keep the form brief, too -- if it goes on for pages and pages, clients will be hesitant to complete it.
The next important step is to act on the feedback. It may warrant a call or meeting with the customer for further details, or speaking to team members (or yourself) if there was something amiss. And remember to give praise where it's due -- we all enjoy a pat on the back from time to time!
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
And as you probably know by now, The Bundesrepublik Deutschland was really worried about the Data Collection policies of Chrome and went as far as issuing an advisory as to not use Chrome for critical usage.
So its natural to see a German GmBH taking the initiative to weed out the concerns.
Developed by German software company SRWare is Chrome stripped of all the user ID information that gave the German government cause for concern. According to them, Iron is essentially the Chromium source code, with the following modifications
- No unique user-ID
- No user-specific information is sent to Google
- No alternative error messages
- Crash information is not sent to Google
- No Google updater
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Basically, the truth be told I am not as much comfortable in Python as I am with PHP ...So It will be prudent for me to either suggest CakePHP or Drupal both of which I simply love...
* No Configuration - Set-up the database and let the magic begin
* Extremely Simple - Just look at the name…It’s Cake
* Active, Friendly Community - Join us #cakephp on IRC. We’d love to help you get started.
* Flexible License - Distributed under the MIT License
* Clean IP - Every line of code was written by the CakePHP development team
* Best Practices - covering security, authentication, and session handling, among the many other features.
* OO - Whether you are a seasoned object-oriented programmer or a beginner, you’ll feel comfortable
Yup! Djanji 1.0 is Released and is Avaliable for Download Here. NO , I am not talking about the RC 1.0 its out Finally .
Oh and Please make sure to read the Release documentation to avoid RTFM in the Forum.
For Starters, Django is a high-level Python Web framework that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Integrating TopStyle with Dreamweaver
TopStyle integrates nicely with Dreamweaver, in fact, it is more or less seamless, which makes its use all the more appealing. You can set TopStyle as your default CSS editor from within Dreamweaver's preferences. The preferences can be selected by utilising the Ctrl+U keyboard shortcut. If you would like to try TopStyle, you can purchase it from bradsoft.com or you can download the free lite version. Many aspects of this tutorial will not be available to you if you are using the lite version.
Image 1: The Dreamweaver preferences window
When the Preferences window opens select the File Types/Editors option from the Category column and then the .css extension from the Extensions window. To add TopStyle to the Editors window you must first click the + button and navigate to your TopStyle installation, which you will find in the Bradbury folder within the Program Files folder of your windows installation. Double click the TopStyle icon and it will be inserted into the Editors window. From here you can select it and then click the Make Primary button. TopStyle is now referenced as the primary CSS editor in your Dreamweaver
Defining a Site in TopStyle
TopStyle allows you to define sites in much the same way you would do when creating a new site in Dreamweaver. We will start this tutorial here. We'll examine how we can set up a site and look at how we can manage our style sheets from within TopStyle. TopStyle allows you to manipulate its appearance, so your view of the GUI may differ from mine. Click the File menu and select New Site
In most cases you will only need to add a name for your site. I generally use the domain name without the extension and the root folder from which you have defined your site in Dreamweaver. You can see my root folder resides in wwwroot of CFusionMX7. Yours may be defined within IIS or Apache etc; or at any other location if you are not implementing server side technologies in your web site.
You will notice next to the Root Alias... button is an Exclusions button. TopStyle has an ability to exclude all folders beginning with an underscore. This excludes Dreamweaver generic folders such as _notes and _mmserverscripts from being included in the site definition.
In Image 4 you can see that I have a folder where I am working on a new site. This work is progressing in the _newsite folder. For now I have this work excluded from the TopStyle site definition. To do this I have placed an underscore in front of the folder name and clicked the "Exclude All Folders Starting with an Underscore" button. You can see that these folders now have an X against them showing that they will be excluded. Once you have your information in the fields you can click the OK button to return to the New Site dialogue box., click the OK button on this dialogue box to generate your new site definition.
have added an extra page to this site definition that isn't linked to the main style sheet. Within this file I have used an embedded style sheet within the document's head. You can see this file has been picked up by TopStyle and is shown under the HTML documents.
Friday, September 19, 2008
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Monday, September 15, 2008
While Google continues to grow in prestige and profit, there are signs that its halo is slipping. As a software and services provider to the enterprise, quality control and staffing issues are big problems for Google, and it’s driving some developers and businesses to Microsoft.
Google has been on a tear for the past decade. It has risen from a scrappy little Internet search engine built on a cluster of cheap Linux machines to one of the world’s most powerful and profitable companies and, arguably, the most well-regarded brand on the planet.
During this same decade, Microsoft has seen its star fall nearly as far as Google’s has risen. Although never a wildly popular brand, by the late 1990’s Microsoft was to computing as Kleenex was to tissue — at least for the masses.
However, its anti-trust defeats in the U.S. and Europe have painted Microsoft as an ugly, petty bully, and its own product development and public relations failures with its flagship Windows Vista product has become one of the most infamous blunders in the annals of American commerce.
The two companies are now, of course, arch-rivals and are competing fiercely in Internet search, advertising, and software. Google is winning big in search, while Microsoft still holds a huge lead in software. But, these two spheres are colliding as the Internet evolves into a front-end software platform that will eventually relegate the operating system to back-end plumbing.
This process will transform the traditional business model for software and will expand the Internet into a more targetable and lucrative advertising platform. That’s why Google wants into the software business and that’s why Microsoft is trying to turn itself into an Internet company.
We’re now at an early crossroads in Internet applications, and honestly both Google and Microsoft are floundering and getting soundly outpaced by startups like Zoho and Force.com. Google Apps are simplistic, lack sophistication and standardization, and do not have as good of an online/offline sync as Zoho, for example. Meanwhile, Microsoft’s “software + services” strategy is barely recognizable since the “plus services” part has so far been half-hearted because Microsoft fears cannibalizing its cash-cow business, Microsoft Office.
Nevertheless, the situation is most acute for Google. The Web is its home territory and there are two disturbing trends that it must overcome if it wants to take its success in Web search and expand it into Web applications:
- Inability to move software out of Beta mode
- Challenges in hiring and retaining the best software developers
Let’s take a closer look at both of these issues.
Google is increasingly developing a poor reputation — especially among IT professionals — for perpetually leaving its programs in “Beta” mode. This is viewed as a cop-out that’s used to lower expectations and deflect criticism. After all, when there’s a problem with the software it’s too easy to simply respond, “What do you expect, it’s still in Beta.”
Even worse, the perpetual Beta issue is evidence that Google has problems with its processes, discipline, and organization. Google has prided itself on its decentralized structure that fosters creativity and innovation — and it’s clear that it has led to many successful new products and developments. However, that approach of slightly-organized chaos is also one of the reasons that Google seems incapable of taking a major software product the last mile to deliver a production version that it is willing to stand behind and guarantee its quality.
And, that issue of quality control also leads us to Google’s other major challenge — staffing. This may sound puzzling at first, since Google has been famously lauded as one of the world’s best companies to work for because of its employee-friendly approach that includes fringe benefits like free meals, free transportation, and the ability to bring your pet to work. And, it’s also true that while Microsoft was the most desired destination for many techies in the 1990’s, it has been Google that they have flocked to in the largest numbers since the turn of the 21st century.
Nevertheless, in 2008 new anecdotal evidence has emerged that some software developers are leaving Google because they want to create better products and are frustrated with Google’s lack of organization and lack of dedication to quality control. Meanwhile, some software engineers are even (gasp!) choosing Microsoft over Google when they get offers from both.
Google’s benefits — free meals, free transportation, and even laundry services — have always had a major appeal for students straight out of college. And, Google has hired tons of these students at entry-level wages over the past decade. The problem is that once the highly-motivated workers in this group mature and get past the outstanding benefits at Google, they ultimately want to create great products and get rewarded and recognized for their efforts in building lasting programs that are valuable to users. It’s become clear that some of them are not finding that at Google.
I’m not giving Microsoft a free pass here. When it comes to software quality, Microsoft does not have a stellar reputation. In fact, one of the major “innovations” that Bill Gates pioneered was the idea of releasing software that was good enough, even if it wasn’t perfect. Google’s perpetual Beta approach is, in some ways, just a variation of that theme.
But, Microsoft also has a well-developed, highly-organized internal structure that is almost the antithesis of Google. Microsoft knows how to run a product cycle to move software out of Beta, bring it to market, and stand behind the end product, and the company will likely apply this process to Web applications once they fully commit to it.
While lots of things will change with the move to Internet applications, the perpetual Beta will never replace the traditional got-to-market cycle of software, and pretending that it will is unsatisfying to both users and software developers.
Bottom line for IT leaders
Microsoft is a known entity for IT and the enterprise. The best IT leaders have learned how to manage the relationship with Microsoft, even when they gnash their teeth over the price of Microsoft software and the lack of alternatives. The advent of the Internet as a software platform is going to put price pressure on Microsoft and provide IT with more choices, and that will be a very welcome development in the coming years.
However, while Google has taken a huge lead in search and wants to make inroads into business applications, they will not be a major player in this category unless they can overcome their issues with perpetual Beta software and better organizing the talented developers that they recruit.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
- (Chrome only) Ctrl+B toggles the bookmarks bar on and off.
- (Chrome only) Shift+Escape opens Google Chrome's Task Manager.
- Ctrl+L to move your cursor to the address bar.
- Ctrl+K moves your cursor to the address bar to enter a Google search.
- Ctrl+T opens a new tab.(in all major Browsers)
- Ctrl+N opens a new window.(in all major Browsers)
- Ctrl+Shift+T opens the last closed tab. (in all major Browsers)
- (Chrome only) Ctrl+Shift+N opens a new window in "Incognito Mode."
- Ctrl+Tab cycles through open tabs; Ctrl+Shift+Tab reverse cycles through open tabs.(in all major Browsers)
- Ctrl+J opens the Downloads tab.
- Ctrl+W closes the current tab.
- Ctrl+R refreshes the current page.
- Ctrl+H opens the History tab.
- Alt+Home loads your homepage.
- Ctrl+1 through 9 switches to a particular open tab position.
- Ctrl++, Ctrl+-, Ctrl+0 Enlarges, reduces, and restores default text sizes, respectively.
- Set multiple tab as your home page. While Chrome's default thumbnail page of your most visited sites is pretty cool, you might want to just skip that step and set the browser to open certain tabs every time. Like Firefox, Chrome can set several tabs as your homepage. In the Options' dialog Basics area, under "Open the following pages," enter the URLs.
- Open the last session's tabs automatically. Also like Firefox, Chrome can automatically restore the tabs from your last browser session. In that same Options area as above, just select "Restore the pages that were open last."
- Add the home button to your toolbar. Chrome's toolbar is pretty sparse by design, but once you've set your homepage(s), you might want to get to them in one click. In the Options dialog's Basics tab, you can also check off "Show Home button on the toolbar."
- Set your default Downloads save location. Also in Options—but under the "Minor Tweaks" tab—you can set Chrome's default download location to something other than the "My Documents" folder.