A Capital Trio Talk Tech — Episode Four (“IE Voodoo Doll”)

(Pod­cast will be up on iTunes, or you can grab it here)

We bring you episode four, where we wel­come our third pan­el­list, Teresa Watts who shall be join­ing us in the future! After dis­cussing Teresa’s awe­some hand-​made IE voodoo doll we move onto a good chat about our busi­ness endeav­ours and employ­ment expe­ri­ences. We cover Andy’s busi­ness and his lessons learned since clos­ing it end 2008 (focus, cash-​flow and buffer sav­ings, the pros and cons of out­sourc­ing, ded­i­cated work­ing posi­tions) before mov­ing onto Teresa’s and Pascal’s expe­ri­ences in in-​house and free­lance posi­tions. Issues here include focus and struc­ture but restric­tive and lim­it­ing in man­ner, becom­ing bored by work­ing on the same thing long-​term, though how­ever how it was a good expe­ri­ence — we both learned what we did and didn’t like doing.

Finally we all shed our wis­dom on the lifestyle that is free­lanc­ing. Here we go over the abil­ity to vet clients (yay!), com­mu­ni­cat­ing with clients, the impor­tance of net­work­ing and being actively involved in your industry’s com­mu­nity (Twit­ter, LinkedIn, SIGs, con­fer­ences, speak­ing, …), pric­ing, sep­a­rat­ing work envi­ron­ment from the rest of your liv­ing space, and hav­ing an active web pres­ence. Oh, and as usual Pas­cal makes a fool of him­self, but nicely gets a stab back at Andy.

We’ve got inter­views con­firmed with Donna Ben­jamin on open edu­ca­tion and Ian Cairns of Devel­op­ment Seed on Open Atrium — stay tuned. On that note actu­ally, Pas­cal has set up Open Atrium on open​.klepas​.org and has a guest test­ing group set up. Email or @ him on Twit­ter to get an account and have a play.

Recorded post-​show, this week’s ‘fuck you of the week’ goes to Apple for it’s fail­ings in sav­ing and sync­ing voice record­ings via the Voice Memo app prop­erly and ‘the tip of the cap’ goes to Teresa for her IE voodoo doll — srsly, check it out!

  1. Teresa’s web­site
  2. Teresa’s IE voodoo doll tutorial
  3. Teresa’s blog
  4. WSG announce mail­ing list, to stay up-​to-​date with web-​related events
  5. Nick Fink’s list of user expe­ri­ence events (world-​wide)
  6. Open Source Devel­op­ers’ Con­fer­ence — Bris­bane 25–27 Nov.
  7. UX Aus­tralia — Can­berra, 26–28 August (reg­is­tra­tions still open till the day!)
  8. Aus­Ten­der gov’t website
  9. Aus­tralian Web Indus­try Association
  10. Port 80 — infor­mal meet­ing of web indus­try folk
  11. Moo​.com — cus­tom busi­ness cards and stationery
  12. bicu​bic​.com — whole­sale print service

The intro theme is the open­ing of track 26 of Nine Inch Nails’ Ghosts III. It’s licensed under a Cre­ative Com­mons license and avail­able from the NIN web­site and in full on var­i­ous peer-​to-​peer net­works (legally of course given its license). The show oth­er­wise as usual is licensed under the Cre­ative Com­mons Attribution-​Noncommercial-​Share Alike 2.5 Aus­tralia license—take, share and be merry.

That’s all this week — stay tuned!

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