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Submission + - Asking Clients for Recognition of Work Done

An anonymous reader writes: I am a contractor and have a client who I have been with for the past 20 years, consulting under my corporate entity. At times I have had employees whom I employed at the client, but for the most part I've been at it alone. During this time I have developed many applications for the client. We have a very happy relationship. I have a lot of leeway and my word goes far. Recently, however, I have been involved to some great extent in some work that is on the frontier of some of the emerging technologies. My client has been to national meetings and everyone is wondering how they can get a copy of the product. Even the client is wondering how they can make the application into a marketable product and make money off of it. I don't mind all this, since I understand that my company was hired under a "contractor" agreement, which basically made the product work-for-hire. I am, however, wondering if my company shouldn't be taking a bigger piece of the pie than it's entitled to. I am not asking for any royalties, or any interest in any money that may come out of the product I have helped develop. I am wondering if I should be asking for some recognition on development of this and other applications I have developed at the client. Just a mention that so and so company has helped us develop this product would be sufficient, in the hope that the name recognition may spur some additional business for me, helping me to grow my company. I am really not afraid to walk away from this lucrative relationship I have had for the past 20 years. True that I have a lot of freedom in what I do, but I can easily land a job making 80% of what I'm making as a consultant plus benefits.

The question I have is whether it is unusual or reasonable to ask for any sort of recognition if I'm a general contractor developing applications.

Submission + - What should I talk to high school computer science 2

lsllll writes: I got drawn (without my intention) into three 20 minute sessions, talking to high school students about computer science and programming, and am wondering what are some of the things I should talk to them about. I have previously done the same thing for a forty minute period, and all the students wanted to talk about game programming. My only game programming experience dates back to the late 80's and programming a few games (some which ran on top of Novell's network) in Turbo Pascal. Since then I have done lots of database design, web interface programming, and systems configuration and integration. I am pretty fluent with Windoze and Linux, but my contemporary programming skills are somewhat limited to Coldfusion, PHP, Javascript, SQL and bash scripts. Should I talk to them about different aspects of computer science, what it's like to work full-time in the computer industry, or do I make the sessions just question and answer, since 20 minutes might not allow me to talk and do question and answer?

Submission + - eBay Search Engine Completely Down (inquisitr.com)

lsllll writes: eBay search system appears to be completely down, or only partially functioning for many users according to The Inquisitr. Users have reported problems with search results returning completely empty sets. Having tested this with the search term "rfid", I can verify that on most refreshes there were no results, and on some there were only about 500 or so results. The specific auction pages are fine, since Google searches jump to the auctions with no problem.

On their announcement page eBay says "Please note that we are working as quickly as possible to get this resolved. Thank you for your patience as we continue to work to resolve this." But sellers are already wondering about their lost sales on eBay forums, given that this is probably the biggest Saturday shopping day of the year. The first post on the forums is marked at 1:05 PST, so the search appears to have been down for at least the past 3.5 hours. Interestingly, eBay's announcement gives some workarounds, but I doubt anybody would be checking the announcements for tips and tricks to get around the problem.

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