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Freelancing…is it that tough ??? :-(

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Have been working hard to establish in freelancing, but while working in a company. Well, the first 2 experiences have given me very bitter memories. The client’s and my perspectives were never matching. I was just hoping that ill get the design confirmation as soon as i show him the first draft, but he is so demanding and never liked the designs that i did over and over again, atlast there was a point of time where we had to abort the project.

Dont know if he is playing any prank, but nothing has worked for me yet. Still trying hard. As far as the designs are concerned, i dont think ive done a bad job at all. They( 4 different layouts) were professional enough and i cant think of a reason y it shud ve failed.

Anyway all these are learning experiences and will have 2 live with it. Now im into settingup my online portfolio, asap……looking for a change towards a dream company 🙂

Written by Ranjith

May 28, 2006 at 5:42 pm

Posted in Professional Life

Inspirations, inspirations………..

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Sitting idle in the workplace, just gifted me some valuable time to get deeper into the fathoms of the net. Always a source for inspiration, this network of information is really amazing, and ive been telling this for years and i really cant help saying it……
Was going through a famous forum for flash and tried to know more about it. Was just amazed about the person behind such a phenomenal meeting point of flash aspirers and professionals all around the world. The wow factor just got bigger when i came to know that the person behind this was a student and who is younger than me….wanna know which forum im talking about?
It is kirupa.com, a guy called kirupa chinnathampi is behind this and he is a sophomore in MIT (Sophomore means second year undergraduate in US), specialising in electrical engineering and computer science.

Was really aweinspired by this and was wondering how much room for improvement a man can get if he is in european/american countries !!!! The course structure there and other things that are available there are some key factors of this difference.

No wonder y there are such great designers out there in those developed countries. I think for india to be in the map of designers worldwide, we need such course structures that make the students realise the right path to chose and to provide genuine information about the standards of designing for various media. Now, as the case is, i dont think there are too many designers who are trained in their budding stage from genuine trainers, they just come out by trial and error and thsi may hamper the design standard of indian designers……so according to me well structured courses related to designing can bring india to the global designer map.

Written by Ranjith

May 26, 2006 at 1:16 pm

Microsoft Announces Steps to Address Eolas Patent Ruling

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Microsoft Announces Steps to Address Eolas Patent Ruling
Documentation for Developers and Modest Changes in Software Will Minimize or Eliminate Impact on Consumers and Address Issues Raised by Aug. 11 Ruling While Appeal Moves Forward

Oct. 2003
REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 6, 2003 — Microsoft Corp. today announced how it will respond to the August jury decision in the Eolas patent lawsuit. The steps include modest changes to Microsoft® Windows® and Internet Explorer as well as measures that Web developers and others who use Internet Explorer technology can take to ameliorate or eliminate the impact of the ruling. Microsoft is providing full documentation for these changes to help guide Web developers and other developers that use its Internet Explorer technology to create the best possible user experience. Other companies providing specialized documentation related to this change are listed on the Web site at
http://msdn.microsoft.com/ieupdate/.
“This ruling affects more than just Microsoft; it affects a broad array of partners and customers — including companies that many would view as competitors,” said Michael Wallent, general manager of the Windows Client Platform at Microsoft. “Microsoft has been very proactive in reaching out to this group to develop steps that will reduce or eliminate the ruling’s impact on consumers and other companies, even as we appeal it.”
“Microsoft and Macromedia have worked together for years to deliver great Web experiences,” said Norm Meyrowitz, president of products, Macromedia. “Together, we have developed a straightforward solution that should result in little impact for our mutual customers.”
Eolas Technologies Inc. is the exclusive licensee of a patent owned by the University of California. In the case, Eolas asserted that the patent covered one specific mechanism used by Web page authors to embed and automatically invoke certain interactive programs. Although Microsoft asserted that the patent was invalid due to pre-existing inventions, the court refused to let the jury consider the prior art. The jury rendered its verdict on Aug. 11, 2003. The parties are still in the process of submitting their post-trial motions and briefs. The final judgment has not yet been entered.
The solution developed by Microsoft has two main parts:
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First, Microsoft will make minor changes to Internet Explorer’s handling of some Web pages that use ActiveX® Controls, such as Macromedia Flash, Apple QuickTime, RealNetworks RealOne, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Sun Java Virtual Machine and Microsoft Windows Media® Player. It is currently anticipated that this change will be deployed by early next year. If Web developers have not updated their Web pages using the techniques suggested by Microsoft and others, users may see a simple dialog box before the browser loads the ActiveX Control.
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Second, Microsoft and other industry partners are working to provide documentation for Web developers that describe how to author Web pages so the dialog box would not be necessary.
Further information on the proposed changes to Internet Explorer and early versions of the documentation are available on the MSDN® Web site at
http://msdn.microsoft.com/ieupdate/.
In addition to working with others across the industry on technical solutions to this problem, Microsoft has said it intends to appeal the ruling.
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Written by Ranjith

May 23, 2006 at 4:10 pm

Posted in Techie, UI

Crappy frame around flash files in IE – New IE Headaache !!

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IE has given a headache for the users worldwide recently.
There appears a frame around all the flash files being opened in IE, and it needs the user to click once on it to activate it and to get rid of the frame. This is a frustrating experience for the users.

IE did this because they lost a patent dispute with Eolas about plug-ins

Alternative

There is an alternative to avoid this crap from your browser. Read http://blog.deconcept.com/swfobject/

Written by Ranjith

May 23, 2006 at 3:44 pm

Posted in UI