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Geek’d Off – Being the Family Tech Support

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Geek’d Off – Being the Family Tech Support

If you’re a gamer, designer, or person who likes to use the computer a lot, you may have had several calls from relatives asking for computer support over the phone.  Now, I don’t know about you, but I hate this.  I have no patience for trying to navigate a broken computer using just my voice.  Naturally I just ask the tried and true basic troubleshooting question.

  • Have you tried turning it on and off again?
  • Is the cable modem and router on?
  • Have you tried turning it on and off again?
  • Are all the cables in the back of the PC pushed in all the way?
  • Have you tried turning it on and off again?

If that doesn’t work, I usually tell them to just ship it over and I’ll work on it when I have time.

Then, when I finally get to work on the poor sick computer, I’m usually facing spyware, adware, viruses and MySpace. It’s nothing I can’t handle, thank to the power of the human knowledge being accessible online. After having cleaned up and repaired the poor family PC, I send it back on its’ way to his rightful owners.

But, 2 weeks later I would get another call. Relevant video of my feelings on this post, past the break.

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Geek’d Off – I don’t mind having a manager. I do mind having a micro-manager.

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Geek’d Off – I don’t mind having a manager. I do mind having a micro-manager.

Geek’d Off is back and today’s tale is a common one. Whether it be a freelancing, contractor, part-time or full-time gig, you will run into a couple of micro-managers in your career.  In my experience, when someone tells you the exact layout, font, font-size, colors, graphics, etc., you’re no longer the designer.  You’re just the work horse that does exactly what your boss or client says to do.

It’s not a fun position to be in.  Even worse when you try to suggest other options and they retaliate like you’re undermining them or it goes out the other ear.

I think I speak for all designers when I say that we need room to flex our creative muscles. Keeping us in a box with strict rules and telling us exactly what to do will not give you the best end product.  We need to let our creative juices flow.  Let us design first then play give and take with the rough comp.

Creative people need to be nurtured.  It’s not like you could grow creative juices anywhere or can you? Go past the break to see a relevant video.

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Geek’d Off – Design can be quick. GOOD Design takes time.

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Geek’d Off – Design can be quick. GOOD Design takes time.

If you’re a graphic designer, illustrator, web designer, or any other type of artist, you may have had run into a client or boss that thinks design is something that comes from the sky and gets completed within a couple of hours. Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn’t.  As a designer, you could never tell.  For the people that don’t design, please don’t use quotes like these:

“These modules don’t matter, but we’ll stick them in there for now.”
“We’ll knock these out real quick.”

Maybe I was just very irritated that day but these two quotes had me clinching my mouse. (Sorry, poor mouse. I know, it’s not your fault.) First off, why would you want someone to work on stuff that doesn’t matter? Second, like i said above, people need to realize that designing can sometimes be fast and other times take a good amount of time.

So, people. If you have a friend helping you design your flier, t-shirt, poster, etc. Give them time and don’t rush them.

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Geek’d Off – “I got this project that you’re going to love”

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Geek’d Off – “I got this project that you’re going to love”

“Hey Nelson.  I got this new project that you’re going to love. So, yesterday I had you work on a mobile site for that local ‘deal-of-the-day’ website.  Now, I want to make our own version of that using our Bikini models website.  Right now, I’m pissed off that our Bikini models website isn’t doing anything. So, lets marry the two ideas of a ‘deal-of-the-day’ mobile website and a bikini site and call it (site name omitted).

I mean, who wouldn’t want to see a great deal while looking at a new bikini model photo everyday? What do you think?”

I sat there, the whole time.  Just staring at my computer screen thinking “wtf?!”

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Geek’d Off – STOP IT! JUST STOP IT! Stop using the wrong terminologies!

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Geek’d Off – STOP IT! JUST STOP IT! Stop using the wrong terminologies!

Now that the dust has settled from all the E3 shenanigans.  I’m back with another rant for Geek’d Off. Today’s rant is dedicated to all of you people that use the wrong terminology just to make yourself look like you know what you’re talking about.  But, in reality you don’t and when someone corrects you, you insist that you’re still right.  Here are a couple of terms that I’ve heard throughout my career so far:

  • Give it some different fonting colors
  • change the fonting
  • Color Schema
  • You have to make sure your filesizes are under 100 megabit.
  • Cut out box areas (What he/she was trying to say was “text fields”)

Hearing these words or phrases annoyed the crap out of me. WTF is “fonting?!” Color schema is not equal to color scheme.  There is a big different between megabit and megabyte. Lastly, these cut out box areas. How do you actually “cut” these box areas out?

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Geek'd Off – I hate this marketing phrase the most

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Geek'd Off – I hate this marketing phrase the most

Out of all the marketing phrases I’ve heard throughout my career as a web designer, only one got under my skin the most where I had to grit my teeth and clinch my fist.

Make it pop.

If you’re studying marketing or business, please. For the sanity of designers that you will be working with in the future, DO NOT USE THAT PHRASE ever in your career.  Make it pop does not help a designer in anyway.  Make it pop doesn’t explain a color, layout, or style. What do these marketing or business people think it means?

Does it mean you want us to make it come out of the screen when you wear 3D glasses? Does it mean you want more reflections or glossy effects? Does it mean you want more star burst shapes around your call-to-action button? NO. IT MEANS NOTHING.  So, stop using that phrase!

One of the following items CANNOT POP:

Geek'd Off – Build first. Functionality later.

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Geek'd Off – Build first. Functionality later.

When working with clients or bosses, sometimes they like to request things to get done as fast as possible.  But when it’s their turn to get something working, they don’t do it.  Which makes me wonder, why build it first when you don’t even have the functionality in place? For example:

In our online store, you put the text “Coming Soon.”  Just change that to “Order Online.”

Then I would reply with:

Ok.  Where will that “Order Online” text link to? Do you have a PayPal account or some sort of e-commerce form ready?

No. Don’t link it to anywhere.

WTF?! ARG!

Geek'd Off! – An introduction

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Geek'd Off! – An introduction

Hello Geek readers. Welcome to my newest weekly column, Geek’d Off! This will be my little place on the internet to vent out my frustrations on things that really “Geeks me off.” Over the years, I have met some awesome people and some not so awesome people.  Each week, I will be quoting what those not-so-awesome people tell me or give an example why I get “Geek’d off.”  Hopefully you guys can relate to some of the quotes or stories and laugh with me about it.

This week’s quote is short and sweet. Ok, maybe not so sweet. Maybe more like sour since that was the mood it got me in.

Change the fonting on that

I really couldn’t believe my ears when I heard that. Really?! I mean, REALLY?! “FONTING?!” If you’re a graphic or web designer, you’d understand why I got Geek’d off when I heard that. Why do people make up words just to make sure they seem smarter than you when they really don’t know what they are talking about?

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Geeky Moment – An iNtErNet pEt peEvE oF mInE

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I remember back when AOL was the biggest ISP on the market and online chatrooms were relatively safe, everyone typed normally.  Sure there were some mispelled words here and there, but it was ok. Everyone understood each other and hardly anyone abused the CAPS LOCK. But then, the internets started becoming mainstream.  I think by the time I turned 16 or so, other “teenie” boppers started to poke their heads into chatrooms to see what all the fuss is about. How did I know they were “teenie boppers”?  They typed LyKe DiSh.

Now, travel to present day internets and you have so many different kinds of acronyms, different kinds of “speaks” (leetspeak, lolcat, geekspeak, etc.), and emoticons.  That’s all fine and sometimes funny to read, but one thing stood the test of time. Uppercase, lowercase typing.  This is my biggest internet pet peeve of mine and I really don’t understand how it is still here.

Why do people think iSh SoOoOoOoO kEwL 2 tYpE lYkE dIsH? Damn, just typing like that made me angry. I guess it gets under my skin because when I first saw that kind of typing it was like kids stomping on my internet lawn. Call me old but, if you see a full paragraph of that, it’s hard to read and it gets annoying to me.

Does it make you look cool if you type like that? I really don’t see the point of it but I do hope to see the end of it soon.

Raul's Rant: Duke Nukem Forever – 12 Years of Nothing

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3D Realms is dead. Don’t expect a joke or a punchline. That is the cold, hard truth of the matter. The developer, most famous for the infamous Duke Nukem Forever, closed its doors on May 6, 2009, much to the dismay of many Duke Nukem fans.
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To be honest, I wasn’t even aware that DNF was still being developed until that teaser trailer was released back in 2007. And, regardless of my apathy towards the series, it was enough to get my attention, having been a big fan of Duke Nukem 3D. But seriously, 3D Realms; 12 years? I know game development is never an easy thing, but I cannot fathom why this game would’ve taken even more than 3-4 years to release. What were you all doing? Seriously? I mean, aside from publishing games like Max Payne, the company has really done nothing when it comes to development that wasn’t related to Duke Nukem Forever. And now, that game that was promised to us 12 years ago might never see the light of day. Nice going, 3D Realms. You wasted 12 years of our lives. It’s unfortunate, but seriously. If it takes 12 years to make one game, you guys had to have seen this coming.

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