Freelance vs Employment – Knowing Your Rights

Let’s first get into legal definition of freelancing vs being an employee. Please note these are just information I learned over the years through research and professional experience in CT, but if you need legal advice, contact your attorney, and check with irs.gov. Continue reading

Social Plugins

Awhile back, I saw a few nifty social plugins on other people’s website that allowed users to instantly share articles, content or pages to friends on social networking sites like Facebook, Myspace, Digg, etc. The social plugins are in a form of a set of individual buttons, so that users can choose from what networks they want to share to, and click, to share. (You can see examples of these share buttons on bottom of this article). They simplify sharing in one step, so that users can easily and instantly share links and content instead of having to manually copy and paste HTML embedding coding tags onto the social networking sites.

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To WYSIWYG or Not To WYSIWYG? That is the question.

When I first started learning how to build websites a decade ago, my project actually wasn’t a website to begin with; it was a printed newspaper. Back then “Microsoft Publisher” existed, which was a tool to put printable publishing content together (newspapers, cards, calendars), and a feature that could automatically convert the pages to web pages and uploaded through FTP. I did that for awhile until I took my introductory course to computers and learned how to use Front Page Express and Microsoft Front Page, (which also later on discontinued), then DreamWeaver, which were “What You See Is What You Get” (WYSIWYG) tools, designed for building websites. Continue reading

My First iPhone Application

I started out with iPhone Development for Dummies and after reading half of it, I realize I did feel like a dummy, and moved on to the Apple documentations online, as a few people recommended. After digging through text after text of Objective-C documentations, I decided to look up a trusty Peachpit Press visual quickstart guide book. Those books, I could never go wrong.. that’s how I started out learning my HTML, CSS, XHTML, Javascript, PHP and PERL, without having to read much or read the book from left to right. It has screenshots of the code and screenshots of what the output looks like. Absolutely awesome. In a book store, you can easily identify those books by its bright colors, (two colors and a running rabbit in between). Continue reading

Photography Adventures

Going back to my history of cameras that I had, up until ’02, I used to use those old skool point & shoot cameras, or disposables with the film in it, and get it developed by mail or in the store. I feel almost ancient talking about it. Then there was the “Jam Cam,” my first digital camera that took low quality digital pictures without the preview screen. Most of the pictures came out pixellated, dark and hazy, if it didn’t have the right light, but I was happy in saving from development costs. Continue reading

My First Apple Computer

It soaked a little but luckily it did not go pass the packaging inside.

I have to tell you, Macs are not cheap. Everywhere I look it’s pretty much the same price and almost no sales ANYWHERE. I guess MacBook made its way as a brand name in the computer world as Coach/Gucci bags in the fashion world. A MacBook Pro is over $1k, and I was tempted to get a Mac Mini for $599, but then I’d have to buy a keyboard, monitor, but I could imagine the inconvenience of having to carry all the equipment. To my discovery, mini monitors are almost the same price as regular sized monitors so I was tempted to get free monitors at FreeCycle.org. But in the end,? I decided to get a laptop for convenience and the tech specs, (e.g. more RAM, faster processor). I did find an offer for $100 mail-in rebate!? Your other option in saving some money is buying refurbished/used apps. Not sure how trusty that would be but Apple claims they restore to near original state and thoroughly test.

This Mac is an investment made in hopes that I learn how to make iPhone apps and a big plus if it pays back. Either way it’ll be a fun and interesting learning experience. I think I will start off making simple free apps in honor of my Bizarre site. Probably something similar to a Magic 8 ball or something of a bizarre nature. I plan on applying for the iPhone Developer Program which costs $99. Now all I need to do is learn Objective C. and brain storm some ideas. I will be testing apps on the iPhone simulator provided by Apple and on my iPod Touch. Before you know it, you’ll be seeing some of my apps in the app store!

I have used Macs before and assisted students/faculty on how to use a Mac in the past, but for me to use it as my main home/business computer will take time to get used to. I am not ready to transition 100% as I still have my lovely 17″ Toshiba computer that I received as a gift about 3 years ago. I certainly have plenty of Windows files and the Windows machine is still useful for things like .NET programming. So I may end up using both Mac and Windows depending on my needs. This new Mac would certainly make a good Media tool for audio and video editing. :)

Really? A free web host WITHOUT advertisement?!

Back then Yahoo Geocities existed, which had a simple website building tools, good enough for my purpose back then. I believe it didn’t have advertising at one point, but then over time they embedded ads in the oddest spots of the sites and there was no way to control its placement unless I signed up for a paid account. So I moved on to Angelfire. Continue reading

Welcome to My New Portfolio Blog!

I’m pretty excited that I got this blog set up and running for my portfolio. It’s still under testing/beta stage so please don’t mind if you see random things here and there. I spent some time on and off the past 2 weeks redesigning my portfolio with a brand new look that matches my redesigned of my business cards. I had some business cards I made years ago, but wanted to make it look more abstract, so I drew a design with my drawing tablet, created the template for it, and after hours of getting it align correctly with my printer settings, I finally got it to print out decently.

Anyways, the purpose of this blog is to write about my current projects, experiments, what I’m learning/learned, web technologies and tips. Anyone is welcome to read whether they are seeking my services, or curious to learn from my blog. I hope you find it interesting and useful. Some entries are more advanced than others, but I’ll try to keep a variety so that more people can get something out of it.