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blabus says

I don’t know, I thought it might be a joke too when I first saw it, but if you’ve spent any amount of time in the ‘Gigs’ section on craigslist, that’s the sad reality of the postings listed there. :)

But hey, who wouldn’t design an e-commerce website for a set of troll dolls? Only a lunatic would pass on an offer like that.

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blabus says

Some of you guys might be interested in this. The compensation looks great. :) : http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/cpg/1971130077.html

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blabus says

I stopped supporting it a while back. And this isn’t meant as self-promotion, though if the mods see it that way feel free to remove the link, but I’ve been using this page on my sites for a while now: [link removed]

I think it works better than just having the site completely break, and it helps educate those users on why they’re not able to view the site (and hopefully get a few of them to upgrade right then and there).

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blabus says

:)

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blabus says
why not just get it online?

Because I’m a student at college and Apple won’t ship to a P.O. box.

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blabus says

I’m eyeing the new nano for my road bike- it’s the perfect size to mount right on the stem, and easy enough to control while riding (and please no stupid remarks about safety- I know how to ride a bike and I know what I’m doing).

Question though- anyone know approximately how long it usually takes for new iPods to show up in Apple retail stores? Because I called my local store and they say they don’t even know when they’re going to get them. But is it traditionally a week, a month,...?

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blabus says

Don’t worry, you’re not alone. I tried TextMate, and I too failed to see the reason behind the lavish praise. It may be good for some specific types of programming (RoR as one previous person mentioned), but for general web design, I don’t really see it’s advantages (and aside from that it’s god-awful ugly/boring as far as UI goes- may not matter to a coder, but sure as hell matters to a designer).

I’ve tried several of the different IDEs for web design on the Mac side (RapidWeaver, Coda, ...) but I’ve found Espresso to be superior to all of them IMO , and in fact I’d say that’s my third most used app, after Photoshop and Illustrator.

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blabus says

$25k / year is nothing. That’s about as cheap as you can get in the US for higher education. A private design school would run you more in the range of 40k – 60k / year.

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I’ll provide you a bit of advice, though you can determine how valuable it is. :) I’m a sophomore in college right now, studying web design (well, technically, web application design, but it’s similar). The basic fact of the matter is that web design is not a hugely complex or in depth-field. Sure, you can push your knowledge of it very far, but it’s not something as complex as, say, 3D modeling or visual effects, and because of that, I wouldn’t say it’s really as vital that you go to a school that “specializes” in web design (and in fact I’m not aware of any that really do). In other words, what I’m trying to say is that any web design program in any decent school will be more than adequate, and coupled with learning on your own through resources such as the internet, you should be fine. You also have to keep in mind, with the private art schools, your return on investment. Sure, you can come out with a great degree, but you might also come out with $100,000 in student loans. So, you’d better hope that you can get a high paying job, and fast (something not necessarily easy for a starting out web designer). In addition, there’s still no guarantee your degree will get you the job, whether it’s from your state college or Ringling University, the reason being that web design is one of those fields where your portfolio and work matter quite a bit more to potential employers than the piece of paper that is your degree.

Now, on the opposite end, you also have to be careful. There will undoubtedly be people who are going to tell you that you shouldn’t even bother going to school at all, that you can learn everything you need to know to be a competent web designer through self-teaching, books, the internet, etc. And this is often absolutely true- if all you want to be the rest of your life is a web designer. Where the college degree becomes invaluable is in getting other types of jobs (what if you change your mind about your career one day?), and in getting higher paying and management-type positions. Speaking from experience, both of my parents are currently looking for jobs, but unfortunately neither of them went to college. I can tell you that it is incredibly difficult for them to find a company that will even talk to them without a degree (granted this is somewhat influenced by the current economy, but it applies no matter what). When potential employers see your college degree, they don’t think “hey, that guy must know web design really well”. They think, “hey, that guy must be an expert in finishing projects on time, managing resources, working well with colleagues, ...” Succeeding in college is a very good indicator that you have other life and professional skills that will be very valuable, and perhaps much more valuable that just knowing the technical end of your profession alone.

So, my advice would be to absolutely try to attend college for web design. However, don’t get hung up on attending a dedicated art/design school. Just evaluate the state schools (or more affordable private schools) and if the web design program they offer is adequate (as I said, almost all are), then explore that option as a potential. As I said, you’ll take away much more from that school than just some technical knowledge- and your future employers will absolutely be aware of that.

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blabus says

Most disappointing item. Uhh… all of them? :)

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