Monthly Archives: Jul 2008

Opinion

Microsoft Supports Open Source Financially and More

As a Open Source guy I found this a great news and could not resist sharing it. Microsoft is supporting Apache Software Foundation financially and a numerous other Open Source projects in other various ways.

Yahoo News says:

Microsoft on Friday expanded its support for the open-source community by giving money to the Apache Software Foundation, the first time it has given money to the long-standing open-source project.

Microsoft also said it is contributing code to support a PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) project and committing to offer royalty-free specifications for Windows Server and.NET Framework protocols as part of its expanded support for the open-source community. The company announced its plans at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) now being held in Portland, Oregon.

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Design

Design Prinicples

Hi guys! I just couldn’t resist to share with you something I read at SitePoint Forums.

1) Knowledge of Photoshop or other software techniques does not make you a designer. Techniques are simply tools. A talented sculptor does not need the best tools. Having the best tools simply helps the sculptor.

2) There are no “rules” in design. There are only problems and solutions. How you go about finding the latter to solve the former is up to you.

3) Schools teach you techniques, give you ideas, and help inform you of approaches, beliefs, and theories. You can learn all this yourself if you’re passionate about what you do.

4) Design isn’t something you can “learn” like a skill set (e.g. plumbing). It’s like music. Either you have it or you don’t (as American Idol has showed all of us). If you have no passion for it, you will never succeed.

Basically – if you’re doing it for the money or the fame, prepare to fail, badly. No successful artist / designer ever worked for financial stability. They did it out of love / passion for it. The money just came later.

5) The competition is very, very, very fierce. I’ve heard lots of sob stories about “wannabe” artists giving up because they couldn’t match the current level of design a good number of people are producing. Know what you’re getting into first, because you realize very early on that it’s not going to be a walk in the park.

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Opinion

What is going on at wplancer?

I know that I have been very lasy at writing lately; the blog has been a target of dust; thanks to those who have like to have a look what is going on. Well,  a lot has been going on on the background.

I have been very busy working with my clients mostly on WordPress projects. I will discover them lately on by one. Work has been good, but sometimes slow as I have been changing workplace. Now I have a kinda new small office. I like that a lot and I think it will make me work better and write more for my dear readers.

I am planing to change the design of the blog. I am planing something more 2.0. Also I am planing to launch my first free theme soon. I am working on these two too. I am planing to give more time to writing too and I am working on strategies that might give me more time to do that. Any suggestion would be very appreciated.

A lot has been going on out there too. WordPress 2.6 with a lot of new features is coming forth; right now it is in the beta 3 version. Those who will need an upgrade with the stable version can drop me a line and we can fix something. I am very tolerable in the price with the clients that contact me from the blog.

Today I read also an article about browsers war at fourhourworkweek suggested by Matt. I was sad to see that more than 38% of the visitors of that blog is still using Internet Explorer (IE), but I am very happy to announce you that only 14.65% of my visitors so far is using IE. Lately I have been thinking to join the Save the Developers movement for stoping designing for IE6, IE7 is far better.

This is all what I have to share with you at this time. I hope to be more active at writing on the future.

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