For awhile now I have been suffering from a bad case of microsoftness. Everytime I launch an Office app I have been getting endless corrupt font errors, which prevent the app from opening correctly. Not surprisingly no other programs are effected it’s just an office problem. I have tried switching to NeoOffice and the other contenders but Office is by far the best tool for the job.
Took a few searches and problems but I found the solution here in an article by Beth Rosengard. After reading the article I downloaded Linotype which fixed the problem right away no problems no fus and no major trauma.
I talk to a lot of consultants, freelancers, and small businesses who do web work, and I used to be a freelancer myself, so sometimes I get asked for advice on how to price one’s goods and services.
I think I came up with my best suggestion today, and it involves only two simple steps:
- Slap the client in face.
- Tell the client your hourly rate.
If the person looked more shocked, horrified, offended, hurt, saddened, or wounded by the slap in the face, then you are still pricing yourself too low.
Your mileage my vary, this is not to be construed as legal advice, eye-poking may be substituted for slapping in some states.
No matter how hard you try and prevent it life always gets in the way of making your own art, in fact it feels so long since I have painted that I am almost ashamed to call it art. I look forward threw my to-do lists in my basecamp account and I can see the halo of painting time ahead. I have enough experience to know that finding the time to paint is much easier then figuring out what it is I want to paint.
I am not sure I will ever be the type of artist who will want to explore the land of multiples. I don’t envy the artist who decides to sit and paint twenty canvases of sunflowers. I tried it when I did a series of clouds paintings, and still feel the first three were the strongest. The other ten were an exercise in confirmation of that feeling. Whether I am painting or designing digitally, so much time has gone into the thought process before the work has begun that the other iterations of the work have already been explored.
The exception to this is drawing, I can sit and sketch the same person for hours and then go off and do a100 sketches based on what I have learned. I wonder if there is something I am missing about working in color that makes me have a different frame of mind.
After a week of sitting in the window waiting for the TNT delivery van and humming ACDC, my iMac arrived. Now I had to stop short of taking pictures of the box autopsy and posting them on flickr as I think that is a bit geeky, but I have to tell you the opening ceremony was great fun it all took about a minute and I was plugged in and ready to go. Set up was a breeze and I was able to mount my dead ibook as a target disk and rescue my files. Relief!
I have to say to anyone who is thinking about moving from a PC to a Mac or even just getting an Apple Mac to compliment your complement of computer parts. Do it! you will not be disappointed. Getting used to OS X takes very little time and you will very quickly find yourself wondering why Windows does not implement the same unified menu system. The Dock is very cool to play with and you will probably do the same thing as me, make it as small as possible and turn off magnification, until a PC using friend comes by and you want to show off.
The heavily flouted dashboard is more useful then I thought it would be but I only use post-its and to do lists. As it sits my iMac has 512mb of ram, which is what it came with and it is not enough to really take advantage of dashboard as it’s hog. I will be ordering another gig asap. For most uses it’s a wonderfully quiet machine but as soon as it gets under a little bit of strain the fans kick off and it gets louder but still nowhere near a regular PC.
I am in love with iTunes, I know it’s available for PC but I had never played with it. Music is fun again and ripping CDs is sooo easy. Being able to switch from music to KCRW and podcasts is great and did I mention easy. It is when listening to music or watching a DVD that you realise how good the sound is on an iMac.
There is a really good SEO piece over at The Blog Herald which I found via one of my regular reads Pro-blogger. Since switching from a flash format to a blog format for this website I have been getting more and more interested in this topic as I have seen a vast increase in the amount of Google juice I get. Rather then write my version of what others have already said I thought I would try and pool together different sources that have been of great help to me along the way.
A visit to the Technorati top 100 is very revealing when looked at in this context it is not a measure of google rank but it is a quick way to look at what top sites are doing. It becomes quickly apparent is that there is no one-way to skin this cat and the only thing that these sites have in common is they have great content. I am too new at this blogging thing to even pretend that I know anything about great content so I can’t help there, but there are some things we have control over which can greatly improve our websites performance.
Understanding What Search Engines See
Google doesn’t see nice styling and does not take a look images when deciding what your site is about, it sees your documents content in the context of its structure. So what gives a site its structure and how does it help your blog? Structure comes from HTML and each of the elements gives its content meaning. Use heading tags for headings, paragraph tags for paragraphs, link tags for links etc, Google understands this and uses this structure to make decisions about your content. Problems only arise when you start to do things wrong. If you use a strong tag for a heading Google presumes your know what you are doing and reads it as bold text rather then an important part of the page structure. So what are some of the important elements to keep control of?