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Udacity Front-end Developer Challenge Daily Sprint Updates

As per the Next Generation Tech Booster Challenge Program, we are asked to submit a daily progress report on slack. We just need to answer these three questions in the post: • What did I work on today? • What I will work on tomorrow? • What issues are blocking my progress? I take this logging opportunity to also report on the progress I am making with my Coursera course “Server-side Development with NodeJS, Express, and MongoDB”; and my Linux Foundation course “LFS258 Kubernetes Fundamentals”.  To help with completing above, here are some links posted by the slack moderators that I try to use to get through my workload: How to Organize your Desk like a Pro Tips on how to achieve consistency Strategies we can employ to stop Procrastination Eliminate Time Wasting Activities by Using the Eisenhower Box Warren Buffett’s “2 List” Strategy The Ivy Lee Method The 15-Minute Routine Anthony Trollope Used to Write 40+ Books There are two sprints for the Udacity challenge but if I make it past th

Notes on Freelance Camp 2011 – What Clients and Consultants Really Think? (Session#2)

This is a continuation from my previous post Contracts for People Who Hate Contracts (Session#1) . The second session that I attended is about Clients/Consultants and what they really think. What Do Client and Consultants Really Think? by Corwin Hiebert and Mark Shiah In the presentation, Mark was the client and Corwin was the consultant. They re-enacted many things that we all go through when in a client-consultant relationship from introduction to project finish. Some of the things I learned from the consultant side of things: – Help client make better decision. – Be the expert by diagnosing and analyzing the problem. – Know your role. – Caring for the client or the project. – Don’t let clients chase you down. – If you have multiple clients, make sure you manage and prioritize your time. – Use online collaborative tools like “Smartsheet”. – Make client feel that they are the priority. I got burned by this previously and I have more details if interested. – Give your hon

Short-lived Canpages Writing Gig

I provide writing/blogging services for Helium Content Source (https://www.heliumcontentsource.com) and the latest assignment was to write short 300-500 word articles for Canpages, advertised as Canada’s fastest growing local search company. Helium uses a great dashboard for article submissions, edits, and approvals. Canpages uses WordPress for the blogging platform and when articles are approved at Helium, a second set of edits and approvals happen at Canpages. I was able to get 4 articles published at Canpages before the assignment came to an end for me. Here are the published articles, and they are tailored to Vancouver -centric stories in lifestyle, entertainment, and restaurants linked below. https://blog.canpages.ca/blog/?author=72 If the link becomes stale, here is a graphic I am always looking for more writing/blogging opportunities so if my writing style appeals to your needs, please contact me at info at aminsolutions dot com.

Notes on Freelance Camp 2011- Contracts For People Who Hate Contracts (Session#1)

This past weekend I was at the Freelance Camp held by TheNetworkHub at New Westminster https://thenetworkhub.ca/freelancecamp. There was a lot of energy at that “unconference” and I left feeling very motivated. I didn’t know that “unconference” meant no set agenda for the day until one was created by participants themselves. Speakers would line up and have a maximum of 30 seconds to pitch their session. If the session gets voted on, it will become one of the sessions offered that day. Some of the sessions I attended include: (Session#1) Contracts; (Session#2) What Clients/Consultants Really Think?; (Session#3) How to Write a Book; (Session#4) Rules of Engagement; and (Session#5) 6 Time Management Tips. I will have separate posts for each of these to ensure it is legible and easier to digest. Contracts – by Danielle Lemon and Martin Ertl This one was popular and one I immediately signed up for. Danielle and Martin talked about many reasons for having contracts. -Contracts a

Company Wordpress blog is down at 110mb

Our hosting provider at 110mb recently moved their servers to Newfoundland and Labrador and this has broken our website at http://www.aminsolutions.com. The outage started this Sunday April 25, 2010 and its is still unresolved. I believe the web servers are now active and working because I can see my files. However, our blog uses Wordpress which relies on 110mb's MySQL server, which apparently is the last piece that is down. I don't have any issues with 110mb as a hosting provider and I understand this to be a technical issue so I appreciate that it may take a few days. I just hope all my databases are still intact as I haven't run recent MySQL backups. If it takes longer than a week, I'll activate this blog as my primary site and point www.aminsolutions.com to it.