Damn website owners…

I have to admit that I am a professional web application developer.

I have been doing this for several years now, ever since I finished my degree in 1999 actually and I think that I know what I am doing.

So when I tell someone that it is going to cost them X dollars, then I mean that it is going to cost them X dollars… it doesnt mean that if they try and negotiate, I will lower my price… And when they turn around and say “Ohhh my neighbours cousin’s son is a web developer and he reckons that he can do it for Y dollars” my immediate reaction is go for it sucker.

I will be waiting there when they creep back to me and ask me to fix their website that they had their neighbours cousin’s son to do for Y dollars. I will sit them down and patiently explain to them that because of their not taking the original quote, the price has now gone upto Z dollars. And thats when they start screaming usually…

I dont tell them that the extra money is my idiocy tax. If someone is so stupid that they walk away from a quote that I have given them because they want me to do it for peanuts… then they are idiots and they are even bigger idiots if they think that I am just going to let them walk all over me.

The same is true of people who come to me and say I need some work done on my website. I have a look at and cast my expert eye over it. If I turn around to them and say that the website needs a rebuild, then it needs a rebuild. IT doesnt need a tidy up with a little recoding here and there to make it all good again.

Got a guy at the moment that I am dealing with that has a website that is going onto 8 years old now. Classic ASP and Javascript with a SQL Server back end.

The ASP code is crap. The HTML is full of deprecated tags and the guy I reckon is one of those spammer type guys (you know the ones… “Buy this herbal remedy and it will make your dick longer and harder”)… but he seems like a nice enough guy when I talk to you.

I’ve been trying to convince him that his website needs a rebuild. but he isnt going for it… wants to keep bug fixing and patching the thing until the code is so unmanagable that the site falls over when someone changes a heading tag. He wanted a site analysis done… a guy who is working where I am now started on last year… I finished it off today. It will cost the site owner over 50kAUD to go through the side, update all the HTML and clean up the ASP code… his current database needs some serious normalisation as well.

The guy is going to shit bricks when he see’s the quote by that isnt bothering the guy that I am working for at the moment as he wants to get rid of him as a client.

The bottom line of this rant is that people go around thinking that they can get web work done really cheap because it isnt really programming.

I can tell them this much. I am putting to use all the things that I learn at uni when I did my Computer Science degree into practice as a web application developer. Is a Java programmer a web developer if he writes Java applets for the web? Is someone who writes VB.Net framework applications a web developer if the application is used for web services?

No… they are programmers and us web application developers are those dodgy scripting language guys because they dont program in a real language…

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Rugby and football

Well, the football part isnt what you would expect from an Australian. I am talking about the world game… better known in Australia and the US as soccer.

It would seem that the Italian Rugby Union team has been taking diving lessons off of that useless cheating diving scumbag Fabio Grosso. The diving Italian cheat who put Australia out of the football world cup.

Brendan Cannon, the Australian hooker, took a slap at one of the Italian players, for some reason, and didnt connect properly and the Italian went down like he had been hit by Mike Tyson in his younger days. The ref and the linesman got completely conned and thought that Cannon had thrown a punch that missed and as a result, Cannon got sin binned for 10 and the Italians had a penalty shot on goal that missed.

It is in my honest opinion that if Cannon had thrown a punch, it would have connected properly and the Italian would have had a good reason to be rolling around on the ground.

As it is, Australia made a lot of silly errors and won a sloppy match.

Where does football come into this… apart from me having a rant about Grosso? It doesnt really… but it just goes to point out that all the Italians teams dive and cheat.

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I am personally surprised at how well the upgrades to this computer went last night.

I just upgraded it to a core 2 duo 6300 on an ASUS P5PE-VM motherboard and I was expecting windows to scream like a bitch at the updated chipset on the motherboard.

I dropped it in, hooked it up and it fired up properly first time.


So now my two main machines are both 64bit computers with a gig of ram in each. Between the two machines, there is approx 1.5Tb’s of drive space available to me.

Hmmm… maybe I need to get a life and stop wasting money on computers and waste money on a woman.

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It looks like I will definitely be losing one of my pre-molars in the near future.

I was up for most of last night with a screaming toothache… and what was worse was the transmitted pain to the top jaw from clenching my jaw to much 🙁

So… no sleep on top of a load of pain… good combination really… time to go and take some more drugs…

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Damn sometimes my family frustrates the hell out of me…

I go down to Bridgetown to see my mum, sister and niece and nephew… I also go down to get away from life for a couple of days so I can relax…

Do I get any relaxation time at all? no, I dont. My mum and sister are constantly at each others throat, my nephew is rapidly turning into one of those lazy little Y generation shits and I know why they are called the Y gen. Because they are always going why should I have to do this.

It turns out that my nephew asked my mum why I was going down there if I wasnt going to go off somewhere and buy a shitload of expensive computer components to build my mum a new computer so that he can play his games on it.

My mum and sister are sharing a house and my sister expects my mum to be the live in baby-sitter for her and they are arguing about that constantly. My sister expects my mum to make all the decisions for my nephew and to look after her dog. Which has a habit of fucking off at the drop of a hat and goes wandering off around the neighbourhood. When you have a word to the nephew person about it and try and get him to go and look said canine… he has a whinge about it and doesnt want to do it.

Maybe in a couple of years, he will grow up… maybe in a couple of years they will all grow up and learn to live together harmoniously. But my mother and sister are too much alike at times and both of them are pig-headed about things and wont back down in the slightest.
Still… the best thing about going down there was my niece. Almost 4 years old and running around like a cat on a hot tin roof like a typical 3(4) year old.

Still, I am off to England in a couple of months and I possibly wont be seeing any of them for a very long time.

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I’m off to visit my family down south today… will probably be about the only time that I get to see them before I head off over to England next year.

I ordered the parts I need to upgrade my current computer last night 😀

Core 2 duo goodness 😀 it’s all good 😀

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Rock in Oz maintains the rage

It’s all about this story…

Rock and Roll… heavy metal, punk, indie and gothic industrial.

Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, The Ramones, Midnight Oil, Redgum, U2, Rage against the Machine.

Music is about getting a message across to the people who still have minds. It’s pointing out the fact that the English were invaders in Ireland and basically caused the troubles where the IRA were considered terrorists. It points out that the youth of the times do have problems with life and need to be understood.

Every song has a message written in it about something. AC/DC go out and sing about drinking and girls, U2 got their start singing about the problems in Ireland caused by the English and the IRA. Bob Dylan sang against the Vietnam War. Rage against the Machine sings about the abuses of human rights and the fact that the poor people of the world are getting ripped off by a select few people.

It’s not about sitting around listening to useless untalented people who get their fame from performing on a competition on TV to create a new rock star. These people have no talent and cannot write a good song if they tried. They do covers of songs that were written by real rock stars years ago.

To be perfectly honest, Pop Idol and Rock Star are everything that is wrong with the modern music industry. Casey Chambers and Shannon Noll, they are not musicians. They are pre-packaged pap for the general public who have allowed the music and movie industries to promote mediocrity as something good. Compare Shannon Noll and Jimmy Barnes, who really has the talent there? I can guess that it really isn’t Shannon, no matter how much the music industry promotes him.

The bands that are any good are to some extent protest bands, Cold Chisel’s Khe Sanh… quite probably the one song that everyone will sing to in a pub, is protesting about the Vietnam War and the treatment of the returned servicemen who got treated like dirt when they came back here.

There is protest in every part of our lives if we know where to look. And the people who still have some interest in what’s going on around them are always going to know where to look.

To all those of you who are complaining about the amount of protest music out there, go back to your rock star and pop idol tv shows and live out your life with the lies and mediocrity that you have grown to accept as good. STAY in your homes and don’t come out your front door because there is a real world out there that you don’t care about.

As for me… I will listen to anything that I want to… especially if it is drawing attention to something that I feel strongly about.

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Computer upgrade coming

It turns out that my mother wants to upgrade her computer so that my nephew can play the latest games. Her old computer is a PIII 1ghz with 196Mb of ram.

I talked to her about giving her this computer (P4 3Ghz) and I am going to replace the 2*320Gb hard drives with a 250Gb HDD and take out 512Mb. There are a couple of other slight changes to make, but in the end she will still get a top machine out of it.

What I will be getting out of the deal (apart from the money from selling her the computer) will be a Core 2 duo 6300 system with 1Gb of ram and the two 320Gb hdd’s. I’m going for a ASUS P5PE motherboard because it still uses AGP technology and I just updated my old ATI 9200 radeon card to a NVidia GS6800.

All in all, I think that everyone gets a good deal… my mother gets a good computer, albit second hand with some new parts, and I get a dual core system.

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The first reported entry

Well… looks like I just added in wordpress as my blogging software on www.marks.id.au which is going to replace my livejournal blog.

I am going to try and keep this going a little more than often than the livejournal site. 😀

Ohh well… off to work on dramothweb.net.

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