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Comment: A few tips from a jaded vet (Score 4, Informative) 140

by VirexEye (#41278785) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Begin Work In IT Freelancing?

When I was in high school, I made web sites for realtors. This was back in the 90s when any sorta webpage would pretty much do. Looking back, there were a lot of areas I was lacking in.

One was simple business skills. First is finding a decent niche to sell your services to. That was pretty much handed to me given one of my parents was in real estate. Apart from that though, is marketing yourself. As a skilled developer, you have the ability to bring value to other people. You have to be able to convince these people of this simple fact. This is a whole different skill/world than development. It's a skill that is equally valuable in life though.

Anyways, a few random tips. Don't undervalue yourself, your skills, and what value you are providing to others. It's probably worth more than you think. As far as payment, work out what is agreeable to both parties. This again comes down to "business skills". Also, a good knowledge of your local laws is handy where as a worst case scenario.

Finally, take what work you can get that doesn't sound horrible to you. Any work is good work. In the "real world", most jobs are not dream jobs. It's one of those sad facts of life.

Comment: Re:start small (Score 5, Insightful) 312

by VirexEye (#34742098) Attached to: How Do You Prove Software Testing Saves Money?

+1 to moding parent up.

You won't get far convincing a product owner that you should spend months writing tests for the entire system.

Convincing someone that you should write unit tests for all new functionality to help guarantee the bug fix/new feature will continue to always work into the future is a much easier sell.

Comment: External input devices! (Score 1) 178

by VirexEye (#33791800) Attached to: Best Mobile Computing Options For People With RSI?
As someone who has suffered from chronic RSI for years, your best bet is an external input device. You can alternate between a mouse, and some of the other options out there. When I'm on the road, I've found the ozupad to be a decent alternative option. Between a tracpad, a mouse, and an ozupad, you can change things up enough to hopefully avoid the worst of the repetitive motions.

Comment: Filewave (Score 1) 460

by VirexEye (#29500005) Attached to: Large-Scale Mac Deployment?
For application deployment and management post-imaging, check out Filewave as an alternative to Radmind and Casper that others have mentioned. It works great with large scale deployments (even Adobe products), and can also works with Windows as well. Basically, it gives you the ability to add, modify, and remove any file on the HD over the network on all your machines.