One thing to bear in mind is that there are different degrees of failure. Breaking even on a job or losing face are unfortunate but you can ounce back from those. Indeed, a lot can still be learned from the experience. Bankrupting yourself is much harder. Often when people talk about accepting failure, it usually more along the lines of handling disappointment and facing up to certain realities. Losing all your savings, your house - even your family - is a whole other state of affairs, and one which destroys lives. Judge your opportunities sensibly, take calculated risks but do not be reckless.
I'd just like to reiterate how important it is to have access to a good lawyer. Although most of your clients will be decent people, there will be one or two who turn out to be complete assholes. With experience you get better at spotting these people sooner and avoiding them. Alarm bells include: Being hard to reach, not returning your phone calls in a timely fashion, pleading poverty/extenuating circumstances, and asking you to start work at too short a notice. The parent also mentioned attempts to push a dodgy contract on you. These point to poor management skills, incompetence and general shadiness. Agreeing to work for them may be far more trouble that it is worth.
If they think you are just a lone freelancer, they may try to bully you into doing things that you do not agree with; that are detrimental to your livelihood and mental health. This may be "going the extra mile" and working extra hours for free to keep them happy. At worst, they may simply not want to pay you, thinking they can get away with it. This is when you need a lawyer to back you up. It sounds crazy I know, but there are people out there who will take your work and run away laughing,"So sue me!"
The parent's escrow suggestion is a good idea. You can also stipulate certain milestones in the contract at which you are paid a certain amount. A deposit up front is one way of testing the client's ability or pay. If there are sign of them having trouble, walk.
Does it really matter who is remembered and who isn't? They will both be dead. They won't give a toss by that point.
All good points. Unfortunately, it's very difficult to reason someone out of something they didn't reason themselves into.
Credit is very nice, but at the end of the day it is getting the job done that matters. If you are good at what you do then that will usually be recognised. You will be a valued team member. If for some reason though a company fails to appreciate your efforts and you feel hard done by, then it is time to move elsewhere. They will suffer the consequences in due course, but that is their problem.
Unfortunately it's not just cheap, trashy, poorly thought-out phones that have non-standard connectors. Even the iPhone and iPad have a non-standard port. Using the headphone socket is a very pragmatic solution which allows one to cover a very broad range of devices.
If you need to stack the sheets 3000 times in order to approach the thickness of meat, you only have to fold them 12 times.
People aren't going to use Siri very much, because talking to your phone makes you look stupid.
How do you make phone calls then without looking stupid?
I really wish Slashdot had a Like button
My laptop can go for weeks without rebooting. It wakes up within a second. Isn't this decade marvellous?
I'm afraid it was almost certainly deliberate - that's why so many people are flocking to full-frame sensor DSLRs for affordable video. It's a very popular look.
Tom Lord, developer of rival Arch must be spitting blood at the success of Git.
I followed Arch's development back in 2004 and quickly lost interest. The last crazy thing I remember was Tom trying to build a home-brew LISP derivative *into* his version control system. It was going to revolutionise everything. He even wrote a long manifesto-cum-design document in three parts. At that point I gave up and moved to Subversion. I just wanted a modern version control system that worked.
Um, why has this been modded "Funny"? Some people have a really strange sense of humour around here...
The timing of recent events was in my view largely down to News Intl's BSkyB takeover bid. It was due to be greenlit the very week the Milly Dowler phone hacking revelation broke. Coincidence? I think not.
You are thinking of Betacam, which is the high-end off-shoot of Betamax. Nowadays though HDCAM and HDCAM SR tapes will have taken over for HD footage.