proposal cover sheet

Proposal Writing

I started writing this and thought, “Whiner!” But really I a noodlin’ and leaving this here in the hopes some enterprising person will drop some information in the comments (would beat all the stupid spam…)

Proposal writing is hard.

  • It has to look professional
  • It has to cover what the client asks for
  • It has to say enough without giving away the farm
  • Legalese (it’s the devil!) Continue Reading

What ya doin’ – Intro

It has always irked me (maybe too strong) that I do not have a traditional portfolio.

Open my Portfolio

I work with other developers and small shops, doing every kind of thing.

  • HTML/CSS edits
  • Module repair, update, building, trouble shooting
  • CMS install, configuration, update and repair.
  • Content writing and editing,
  • Image editing
  • Full website UI development, clipping and coding.

Ad nauseam  (also may be too strong).

Most of these activities are not documented because of the types of contracts we have. Not unusual  I think.  Additionally, I offset some of the work with my own gigs under my own brand. The latter seem few and far between of late.  So my portfolio and viewable work history seems light.

With the above in view, I thought, since this is a blog in which I blog, I would at least document what I am currently up to.  In my quirky, laid back voice I will be writing either in detail or just a summary of the weeks events as related to the life and times on a Freelance Developer.

So this week what do I have on the board?

Drupal – Update a very old version of a Drupal install and then upgrade to the latest Drupal 7 version.  I think I feel a cosmic whine coming on about clients who let their Drupal instances wane…

Proposal writing – an existing site that needs to be migrated from its current CMS into Drupal.l Not too taxing (kinda boring since this one isn’t a community type site). BUT there maybe an opportunity to learn Adobe Services. Not really sure what that is (?! Should I say that?) But gee willickers! How hard can it be? …
Okay! Okay! I wont be programming that portion, just learning!

My daily job as a Q/A for emails etc.

Hmmm… kinda light. But as it goes I expect by week’s end to be inundated with ‘right now!’ requests.



LOL – Do not ring the door bell

Do you have kids? Babies? Crabby babies who don’t sleep? Sleep poorly? Can be woken with a whisper? You can relate!

Welcome to the world of these poor parents. Parents with amazingly funny (if sometimes dark) sense of humor.

do not ring the door bell

I am still LOL-ing . Read the entire post here

NoCaptcha reCaptcha


That was belated.

In early December I read this Google Online Security blog post about the new offerings that are in the works for the recaptcha api. New. Improved. Human friendly. With CATS!!! How marvelous is that?! (We all know how the internets loves them some kitty witty cats!! 😀 )

NoCaptch reCaptcha - now with cats!
NoCaptcha reCaptcha – now with cats!

I haven’t played with it yet. I’ve been too busy chasing down server errors on a never ending project. 😐 But I like what they’re touting!

On websites using this new API, a significant number of users will be able to securely and easily verify they’re human without actually having to solve a CAPTCHA. Instead, with just a single click, they’ll confirm they are not a robot.

I think we’ll all agree that captcha and recaptchas time has come and long gone.



Spammers – A pox on your…EVERYTHING!!


One of the banes of blogging is SPAM. I hate it. I have no patience for it. I wish I could nuke it – hard.

I wrote a fun little post here (Baby Seal) and already there are 65 spam comments. SIXTY FIVE.

Blasted BOTS!

And worse, the humans who earn pennies inputting this stuff…GAH! Normally I’d feel sorry for them because they really do earn a pittance. But I don’t ’cause they are wasting my time!

(What? You didn’t know spam commenting was a thriving cottage industry? Welcome to the 21st Century.)

I guess I’ll have to resort to CAPTCHA. I hate that almost as much as I hate SPAM…



(Here is a Google search for POX.)