Category Archives: Work
My place of work, at the behest of their insurer, has implemented a new requirement of their employees: everyone must authorize release of their Motor Vehicle Reports. There’s more, but this is the only thing that requires direct employee action. … Continue reading
From the good guys at 37signals: >Toss everything, and I mean *everything* on your desk in a box. If it doesn’t fit in a box, put it on the floor. Your desk should be completely cleared of everything — no … Continue reading
I’m an IT professional – I’ve spent well over half my life making computers work for people. While my platform of choice is Mac OS X, I still know much more than the average bear about making Windows XP go … Continue reading
There’s been a lot of talk in the blogs (I really dislike blogosphere) that “small is the new big“. 37signals loves it, of course. Scoble talks about it in Microsoft land. Brought it up with my CIO this morning, and … Continue reading
Several years ago, I came across an open-response question: >”If you could have only one superpower, what would it be?” A lot of respondents wanted to fly, or be immortal, or see the future – but one person came up … Continue reading
What do I charge for my time?
It’s a fairly normal question for people who have been sararimen all their professional careers and are looking to do some freelance work. Searching for comparable rates rarely helps – web and IT geeks (my line) rarely advertise their hourly rates, same with editors (my wife’s line of work). So how do you figure out what to charge a client?
This is my take on it. It assumes you want to earn the financial equivalent of someone who has a full-time job; someone who works 40 hours a week (not 50, 60, or 70), gets benefits, sick time, training, vacation, and paid holidays. Sound good? Climb on board.
Okay kids, go read this. You’re going to have to have a PDF reader of some flavor to actually get into the goodness but, trust me, it’s worth it. While it has a lot of your typical “what color is … Continue reading
One of my ongoing projects at work has been allowing the HTML-impaired to update web content. Thus all the blather about lightweight/personal content systems. I’ve already shimmed one MovableType “blog” into a [quarterly newsletter](http://www.engr.washington.edu/enews/) where the TOC for a given … Continue reading