If you found this article, most likely you have become interested in the idea of making extra money as a freelance web developer. If you aren’t sure where to start in web development, you may find my article about becoming a web developer helpful. I know for me, 10 years ago I was looking to do just that. My ultimate goal was to own my own business. Web development had become my path achieving those goals. Much like you feel now, I had no clue where to start. I had several questions including even the most basic how do I get paid (do I collect a check, how do I process credit cards, etc). At that time, there were no guides I could follow. I simply had to keep forging ahead through all of my concerns and uncertainties. Becoming the freelance web developer I had envisioned was not an easy path. Mostly because I was going about it blindly. In this article, I will to provide you with that guide I didn’t have. Giving you all the tips and tricks I wish someone would have given me.
I remember that first time I ever thought about becoming a web developer. I was stuck in a dead end office job working for a power company and hating every minute of it! You see, I chose a career based on the opportunities that had fallen into my lap. I didn’t choose my career based on my passion. Instead, I spend 7 years in a field just because it was the easiest way for me to get a high paying job out of college. It wasn’t a bad job, however, I just grew to despise the work because it wasn’t my passion. I knew I could do something more with my life. After 7 years of working for this power company, I entered a crossroads because I was let go from the company. This was the first time I ever felt completely lost. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do. Leading up to me being let go, I had dabbled in the idea of possibly switching careers and doing something completely different. I’ve always had several side hobbies and interests and web development was one of them. It was this crossroads in my life where I decided I was going to become a web developer. So, I though to myself, “how do I become a web developer?” Over the next several months and years I would learn just how to do that. I decided I was going to change my entire career and become a web developer.
Since the dawn of the computers, us software developers have been in pursuit of the holy grail of computer programming. We have long sought after the achievement of writing code in a way that is elegant and beautiful in design. Code that inspires tears from our peers who can appreciate the beauty of how you painstakingly woven together such a beautiful piece of art. In fact, at the beginning of each new software development project, as any developer will tell you, it is another opportunity not to screw up the code for this one. We all start off with a statement like “this time…this code will be the most elegant code ever written!” Going into each project with this state of mind, we are often let down by how awful our code turns out as we are thrown challenges like time/budget constraints and missed features. Often, we create tech depts and @todos to go back and fix our shortcomings in code. But never return as there is no time or money to do so.
The Windows Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) has been a running joke in the world of computer enthusiasts since its introduction to Windows 95. To many of us, it seems to be ingrained into the culture as the Blue Screen of Death is as iconic as Windows itself. When we think about the BS0D, we are instantly taken back to those many times we are trying to use our computers, then all of a sudden, we are introduced to the most obnoxiously solid blue screen nature has ever created. This is a brief history of this iconic blue screen and the blue screen of death t-shirt we sell.
It has been a heck of a week for the Intel Company. They have taken a beating over the past several days with regards to an issue exposed in the firmware that powers their processor chipsets. If you haven’t heard about this already, here is the short of it. Intel was contacted by several security research teams. All of which found a type of architectural deficiency that could be exploited to gain access to personal data at the processor level. When boiled down, the research teams involved found a total of two exploits. These two exploits could open up your personal data to applications and processes that do not have permission to do so. The exploits have become to be known as “Spectre” and “Meltdown.” Did I mention that these have been around for the past 20 years? The rest of this article is geared to provide a simple explanation of each of these exploits and how they work.
Here it is, the beginning of 2018 and we all can agree that this year will turn out to be the year of the geek. With much of our news stories focused on topics such as Bitcoin and Artificial Intelligence, the rise geek is clear. So what will you do when the geeks take over the world and you have no choice but to blend it? The answer is to wear appropriate geek clothing! Focusing first on geek t shirts and moving on from there to hats and other like accessories. This is your guide to which geek t shirts you should be buying first.
June 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the invention of the camera phone. That is, the sharing of a digital photo delivered via cellular phone. On that day, Philippe Kahn shared a photo of his new born daughter with about 2000 people. The photo was uploaded to a server that Kahn had stored in his kitchen. At which point, it became available instantly to those included in an email list created by Kahn.
Usually when you need to obtain an SSL Certificate, you may have found yourself going to one of the major certificate authorities. Of which some of those include Symantec, Digicert, Network Solutions, or Go Daddy. All of these are trusted providers for SSL Certificates. Browsers tend to trust these authorities over a self-signed certificate because there is some sort of validation process happening to ensure everything is on the up-and-up when it comes to SSL Encryption. Most SSL Certificate Authorities will even provide you with some sort of insurance if something goes wrong and the SSL Encryption is broken. For that reason, you may end up paying upwar
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It seems you can’t read a news website without seeing some sort of headline for how Bitcoin is taking over the stock market. In the past three months, Bitcoin has taken over the financial world by becoming the hottest new market investment of 2017. In most of the articles, the takeaway is that the value of Bitcoin is skyrocketing. This might be the case in today’s headlines, however, very soon, you will be reading a headline very similar to “The Bitcoin Crash”. Continue reading “How Open Source Caused The Bitcoin Crash”
The Twitter hack is on! In the past several weeks, we’ve seen a number of news stories containing claims that celebrities’ Twitter accounts have been hacked. In the past two days claims that both Anderson Cooper and CBS’ anchor James Brown twitter accounts have been hacked. Only to find that the supposed hackers said something mean to Donald Trump and posted a link to a porn site.