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Comment: Hiring vs. Learning (Score 1) 377

by psiber (#22370538) Attached to: Web Graphic Design for Small Businesses

This choice is really up to you on how much time you have to spend on this. The website and book recommendations in the previous comments are great as is the recommendation of using a Content Management System (CMS) such as Joomla!, Drupal, etc. Another book I would recommend is Web Design and Marketing Solutions for Business Websites ISBN-13: 978-1-59059-839-9 and ISBN-10: 1-59059-839-3. This is a great book which talks about what needs to be in a business website, how to market it, 508 compliance, using CMS software and templates, and many other topics. BTW, don't buy the hype of "IT can't do graphics design and vice versa" as it is usually not true. However, these are not skills you can do well overnight. Just like any other profession, it takes time to get good then great at it.

My end analysis would be to get a good CMS (most are 508 and standards compliant and allow the user to manage their own content and most of the good ones are free) with a good template (which you may or may not have to pay for as a lot of the free templates out there are very nice) or hire out the redesign (because that sounds like what your boss is asking for) to a web design company (keeping in mind that not all DESIGN companies are WEB DESIGN companies although more and more are coming around every day).

Hope this helps.

Portables

Body Heat Could Charge Your Cellphone 94

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the powered-clothing dept.
An anonymous reader writes to mention Nature is reporting that scientists have discovered a much more efficient way to use silicon to convert heat into electricity. This offers the possibility of many different applications including possibly charging your portable electronics just by wearing them close to your skin. "The concept of converting waste heat into electricity isn't exactly new, but it never really materialized due to efficiency hurdles. Now, scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California at Berkeley think they may have found a key [to] increase the conversion efficiency by a factor of 100."
Government

+ - California wants to control home thermostats

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o0OSABO0o writes "The International Herald Tribune [URL: http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/01/11/america/calif.php ] has an interesting article about new plans for the California utilities to control home thermostats:

"Next year in California, state regulators are likely to have the emergency power to control individual thermostats, sending temperatures up or down through a radio-controlled device that will be required in new or substantially modified houses and buildings to manage electricity shortages.""

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