Archive for February, 2010

Get Your Clients to Stop Comparing Rates

February 22nd, 2010, posted in Oldies


You are the best at what you do. No other freelancer can do what you do as well as you do it.

The problem, however, lies in getting clients to understand this. This is particularly hard if you’re still in the start-up stage, where you’re having to find the clients, instead of them coming to you.

In certain industries, like design, it’s easier to get the client to understand the difference in quality and rates (although designers still get rate-comparing clients), but if you’re a developer or writer, it’s tougher to get the client to understand the difference.

So how do you convince the client that your $100 an hour services are better than the other guy’s $30 an hour services?

The Life, Times (and Death?) of Internet Explorer 6 (Comic Strip)

February 20th, 2010, posted in Oldies

Ie6 One in The Life, Times (and Death?) of Internet Explorer 6 (Comic Strip)

Review: Kingston’s new USB drive offers public and encrypted partitions

February 14th, 2010, posted in Oldies

Computerworld — USB sticks have offered pretty much the same functionality over the past year or so. So when Kingston announced a new DataTraveler Locker USB Flash Drive that offered partitioning capability, I took notice.

Kingston’s new thumb drive offers the somewhat stand-out capability of allowing a user to set up an encrypted partition to safeguard some of that data, while allowing the remaining drive space to remain open and accessible by anyone. I find this useful because I’m often lending my USB drive to friends who want a simple way to transfer files or temporarily save some data.

Russell Peters Punk’d by King Abdullah…

February 7th, 2010, posted in Oldies

10 best IT jobs right now

February 5th, 2010, posted in Oldies

IT professionals looking to find new employment or upgrade their current positions should investigate job opportunities that address growing demand for technologies such as virtualization, cloud, network security and social computing skills.

Industry watchers report that while an economic recovery won’t guarantee that IT jobs return to pre-recession levels, increased interest in emerging and existing technologies will drive internal training and external hiring decisions.

Apple makes $208 on each $499 iPad

February 5th, 2010, posted in Oldies

The new iPad tablet priced at $499 actually runs Apple about $270 in materials and manufacturing costs, a Wall Street analyst said today.

According to a bill of materials (BOM) analysis by Brian Marshall of BroadPoint AmTech, the cost of goods inside Apple ‘s 16GB WiFi-only iPad totals $270.50. That figure includes a $10 line item dedicated to manufacturing, but doesn’t include another $20 set aside for under-warranty service costs. Adding the latter makes Marshall’s bottom-line total $290.50.

Firefox for mobile hits production mode

February 5th, 2010, posted in Oldies

The first production version of Firefox for Mobile has been released, for Nokia’s Maemo operating system. But Mozilla already seems to be scaling back its deployment plans, and unexpectedly the mobile browser will not support Adobe Flash.

Practically speaking, the mobile version of the Firefox 3.6 browser, code-named Fennec, will run only on Nokia’s N900 smartphone/Internet tablet, which runs Maemo 5, a Linux based OS entirely separate from the Symbian code that runs the vast majority of Nokia handsets. Mozilla is readying a version for Windows Mobile, though it’s not yet in beta release (the release notes for the Alpha 3 version are online); and has started work to run the mobile browser on the Android operating system. But don’t hold your breath waiting for the browser to show up on an iPhone, or on a BlackBerry or Symbian device.

Yes, You Can Run Windows 7 on an iPad

February 5th, 2010, posted in Oldies

Want to run Windows 7 on the new Apple iPad? Citrix says it will soon be possible–at least virtually–using a new version of its Citrix Receiver software.

Promised to be ready when the tablet computer ships in March, Citrix says the new software, based on the current iPhone version, is a response to questions about how the iPad might find a home in the enterprise.

Category Killer: Will iPhone Be Death of Gaming Devices?

February 2nd, 2010, posted in Oldies

With its 130,000 available apps, built-in camera and GPS capabilities, the iPhone sits squarely at the center of convergence. There’s little question that the iPhone has taken a bite out of sales of some standalone devices, notably navigation units and cheap cameras.

But Sony Computer Entertainment claims it has turned the tables on the iPhone in the iPhone’s core gaming market: People purchase the iPhone, enjoy certain games, and then get a Sony PSP to play it more fully. The iPhone has become an on-ramp to Sony PSP sales, a Sony executive says.

The Apple iPad Flash Clash

February 2nd, 2010, posted in Oldies

Apple’s iPad has been surrounded by debate since its debut last week. Now, the heavily hyped tablet is at the center of a controversy that’s reaching the federal government.

This latest iPad beef isn’t about the device’s frequently mocked name or any surrounding trademark concerns; rather, it’s about the iPad’s apparent lack of Flash support. Product demos and statements from Adobe suggest the device is not Flash-friendly — but Apple’s promotional materials paint a very different picture.