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How to Avoid Being Overwhelmed by Your Side Projects

feedspot - Wed, 05/11/2022 - 10:55

Side projects are a natural fit for web designers. They offer a chance to do something out of the ordinary and sharpen your skills. It can be a great way to further your career.

And they are often a lot of fun to work on. At least, in the beginning. In reality, small hobbies started with good intentions can get out of hand before you know it. They have the potential to become overwhelming.

For some designers, having a side project “blow up” is a good thing. It may even lead to a full-time gig. But that’s the rare exception – not the rule.

Indeed, many find that the fun disappears when the project starts to feel like hard work. At that point, it’s less of a hobby and more of a burden. Who asked for that?

It’s a common experience. But there are some ways to ensure that your side project doesn’t take over your life. Let’s explore the balance required to keep these little kittens from becoming big, angry lions.

Understand Who You Are

Personalities play a big role in our projects. For example, some designers are never satisfied with their work. Others are content in saying that something they created is “good enough.”

Therefore, it’s important to think about your personality when deciding whether or not to start up a side project. If you’re one to obsess over every last detail, that may be a warning sign of what’s to come.

That’s not to say you shouldn’t move forward. But it is worth considering how a gig will impact you. Will it take time away from your primary work? What kind of emotional investment is required? What’s the ultimate goal?

While there’s danger in overthinking the possibilities, these are still good questions to ask yourself. Finding the answers will help you determine whether you’re ready and willing to take on the challenge.

How In-Depth Is the Project?

The type of side project you choose is also a factor. Some are naturally more in-depth than others. Because of that, it’s good to have a mental picture of what’s involved.

Let’s say that you want to start a new open-source CSS framework. This might be a great way to enhance your understanding of the language while showing your creative side. However, releasing any tool to be used by others has a certain amount of responsibility with it.

Handling routine maintenance and user support takes effort. Best practices also change over time and require vigilance. Thus, there’s a long-term commitment to this type of project.

A blog, on the other hand, might be a little more relaxed. You could go days or weeks without writing – then pick up again whenever you want.

Not all projects are created equally – nor do they require the same amount of work. If you choose one that could keep you busy, understand what you’re getting into before you start.

To Go Public…or Not

No rule says your side project has to be in the public space. And there are some real advantages to limiting your potential audience.

Building something for friends, family, or just yourself likely means it’s a labor of love. The project feels more personal. Thus, you can avoid the pitfalls that come with trying to attract and support a user base.

It’s also an effective means of saving some money. You might even host your project on a local WordPress installation – which only costs you a few megabytes of storage.

Besides, nothing says that you can’t go bigger in the future. Starting small provides you with a chance to see how much you enjoy the project. If things work out, great. If not, then hopefully it was a valuable learning experience.

If you don’t have a desire to create the next worldwide phenomenon, don’t worry. There’s great joy in simply tinkering on your own.

Find a Side Project That’s a Perfect Fit

A side project can be very beneficial. It’s an opportunity to do something you enjoy and learn a few things along the way. And the sheer variety of options available to web designers makes the experience all the more exciting.

But like anything else, it’s wise to think about a project before you jump in. Consider how it fits with your personality and what kind of commitment it requires. In addition, define your potential audience and what it will take to serve them.

These factors all play a role in how well a project will fulfill your needs. Ask yourself: what will make this project fun? If all the stars are aligned – go for it. Otherwise, there’s no harm in heading back to the drawing board.

Remember that a side project is about pleasing yourself first. Anything short of that may not be worth your time.

The post How to Avoid Being Overwhelmed by Your Side Projects appeared first on Speckyboy Design Magazine.

Categories: World News

The ultimate realization

feedspot - Wed, 05/11/2022 - 10:43

I have used Gentoo for 2 years. Own dwm-config, own kernel, own make.conf etc etc. Now I am back on Windows and I realize that its way better than Linux because it just works. 90% market share for a reason.

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Which Linux version for minecraft server?

feedspot - Wed, 05/11/2022 - 10:43

Hi i am thinking about setting up my own minecraft server and have been told its smatter to set it up on Linux becouse it will impact the performance in A better way. I have never used Linux before and are kind of a noob in coding. So as a start I whould like to hear which version of Linux which is best for a minecraft server

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Red hat, subscription and Opensource

feedspot - Wed, 05/11/2022 - 10:43

Hello, before I dive a little deeper into Linux (not saying deep, just I little deeper) I was sure that Red hat is public Opensource project, and subscription just gives you customer support that is crucial for many corporate system. But searching more about possibility to use Red Hat for free without customer support, or just cloning it's respiratory and building it locally I came to the conclusion that Red hat source is not publicly available and only possible way to use it for free is to register with developer account, and for most products there are two tiers of subscription one with support and cheaper one without it. So payment is required to use it at all, even without support (let's not talk about this developer accounts)

So I assume (but it is pure guess) red hat uses model where product needs to be paid in order to use and source code is not publicly available, but they can still call it Opensource, because paid customers gain access to code.

I don't present it as a bad thing, I'm just not sure if I got it correctly, and would be thankful if someone could correct me, because most of this post are just my guesses.

Another thing that interest me is that, red hat i widely respected and haven't heard about Linus roasting red hat team like he roasted GrSecurity. Is it because red hat developers work a lot on Linux kernel and try to upstream their patches improving Opensource kernel for everyone, when GrSecurity keeps their patches to kernel private and don't upstream anything, not bringing much to Opensource community.

Or is it just that Red hat keeps their not kennel parts accessible for paid customers only, while GrSecurity keeps private patches to Kernel?

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Is LEGO Doing Away With Paper Instruction Manuals Completely?

feedspot - Wed, 05/11/2022 - 09:44

Image ID 238005423 © via Stepan Popov | Dreamstime.com

 


A report from Brick Fanatics has highlighted a peculiar trend evident in LEGO’s recent releases: paper-free instruction manuals.



According to the site, the new LEGO CITY Mission sets will not come with the usual flip-through manuals. Rather, fans will be asked to use a smartphone or tablet to follow along with an interactive story guide as they build the creation. 



Furthermore, in the LEGO Star Wars The Mandalorian’s N-1 Starfighter set, builders noted that the cover of the instruction booklet wasn’t as polished as the typical quality associated with the brand, which some interpreted as less consideration being given to physical manuals. 



The move from paper manuals to a paperless, internet-based experience doesn’t seem too far-fetched, considering the brand’s growing efforts towards sustainability. LEGO could see this as a way to reduce its environmental footprint, especially with how thick some of these booklets are for larger creations.



Plus, with the introduction of its 3D building instructions, fans could find it easier when they’re able to zoom in and rotate the model as they follow along, as opposed to static instructions on a page that may not always be the clearest. 



Will long-time fans rue the loss of LEGO’s paper manuals? Or will they embrace the digital age and explore new, more interactive ways of building their creations with 3D guides? We’ll have to wait and see. 


 


 


 


[via Brick Fanatics and LEGO, cover image via Stepan Popov | Dreamstime.com]

Categories: World News

My Top 7 Favorite Branding & Logo Books

feedspot - Wed, 05/11/2022 - 09:43

Looking for Branding & Logo Books? This article includes the top 7 Branding & Logo Books.

I was recently asked to join the Amazon Influencer Program, which basically is a way for ‘influencers’ to get their own customizable Amazon page, to recommend products to their followers.

I took this opportunity to recommend some books and other items in my Amazon shop, so go check it out.

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Or read on below for my top picks. These would be the books I would choose if I had to start my library fresh.

My Top 7 Favorite Branding & Logo Books Designing Brand Identity

If I had to choose one book, it would be this one because it’s the best ‘all-rounder’ on the topic of design & branding. In their words, it’s the “best-selling toolkit for creating, building, and maintaining a strong brand”.

 

The Designing Brand Identity is a comprehensive, practical, and easy-to-understand resource for all brand builders globally. An essential reference for creating and implementing a complete brand identity system.

 

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  • Hardcover Book
  • Wheeler, Alina (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 336 Pages - 10/24/2017 (Publication Date) - Wiley (Publisher)
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Logo: The Reference Guide to Symbols and Logotypes

For a purely ‘logo inspiration’ book, then this would be my top pick. There are 1200 logos inside this tomb, sorted into 75 categories. An essential for any logo lover.

 

A complete, taxonomical look at the history, development, and style of identity design is presented here in Logo: The Reference Guide to Symbols and Logotypes. 

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Sale 321 Reviews Logo: The Reference Guide to Symbols and Logotypes (Corporate Identity Book, Branding Reference for...
  • Laurence King Publishing
  • Evamy, Michael (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 352 Pages - 02/10/2015 (Publication Date) - Laurence King Publishing (Publisher)
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The Ultimate Guide to Logo Design

Kyle Courtright’s ebook is the “definitive guide to logo design”, with 90 pages detailing every facet of logo & brand identity design, but in delivered in a concise manner that you can actually understand, perfect for both beginners & professionals.

JUST Creative readers can get $10 (35% off) the book, making it just $19. Use coupon code ‘JUST10OFF’ at checkout

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Hello, My Name Is Awesome: How to Create Brand Names That Stick

The best brand naming guide available. Period. A quick, good read.

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Sale 414 Reviews Hello, My Name Is Awesome: How to Create Brand Names That Stick
  • Berrett-Koehler Publishers
  • Watkins, Alexandra (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 112 Pages - 09/15/2014 (Publication Date) - Berrett-Koehler Publishers (Publisher)
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Logolounge Book Series: The World’s Premier Logo Showcase

The Logolounge series is the longest running logo inspiration series and the best in my opinion. The logos featured inside this series are the creme of the crop and book 10 is no exception, with 2500 logos inside, selected by an international jury.

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Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students

Knowledge of type is essential for effective visual communication in branding and logo design and this book teaches you the basics and then some.

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  • Lupton, Ellen (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 224 Pages - 09/01/2010 (Publication Date) - PRINCETON ARCHITECTURAL PRESS (Publisher)
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The Logo Design Idea Book by Steven Heller

The Logo Design Idea Book” by Steven Heller is a new 128-page book (mid-2019), which features 50 fairly high profile logos (and a smaller number of obscure logos) sorted by categories, and a short history and/or story on each mark.

It features one of my favorite logos, the BP logo. Not because I love oil conglomerates, but because it is the perfect example of the POWER of logo design. The bright, fresh, vibrancy of the mark communicates energy and the blooming flower shape evokes environmentalism which is far from the truth when it comes to oil companies. And that’s how branding and visual communication can morph the perception in a consumer’s mind!

If you want a quick reference to 50 high-quality logo designs and WHY they work, this is for you!

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The Logo Design Idea Book: (Logo Beginners Guide, Logo Design Basics, Visual Branding Book)
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  • English (Publication Language)
  • 128 Pages - 08/06/2019 (Publication Date) - Laurence King Publishing (Publisher)
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Categories: World News

В Rust-репозитории crates.io выявлен вредоносный пакет rustdecimal

Open News - Wed, 05/11/2022 - 08:50
Разработчики языка Rust предупредили о выявлении в репозитории crates.io пакета rustdecimal, содержащего вредоносный код. Пакет был основан на легитимном пакете rust_decimal и для распространения пользовался сходством в имени (тайпсквоттинг) с расчётом на то, что пользователь не обратит внимание на отсутствие символа подчёркивания, осуществляя поиск или выбирая модуль из списка.
Categories: Open News

Гендиректор Kraken хочет, чтобы биткоин упал до $20 000

Криптоновости - Wed, 05/11/2022 - 08:07

Многие представители криптосферы прокомментировали падение биткоина и других монет.

Гендиректор биржи Kraken Джесси Пауэлл хотел бы, что BTC упал до $20 000. В этом случае он львиную долю своего капитала направит на покупку биткоинов.

В Твиттере Пауэлл разместил пост, в котором напомнил, что в июле прошлого года половину своего портфеля он вложил в крупнейшую цифровую валюту. Тогда она торговалась в районе $30 000.

Глава биржи готов выделить большую часть своих сбережений и направить их в BTC в том случае, если его стоимость обновит минимумы. Пауэлл ориентируется на цену криптовалюты в $20 000. Он также призвал колеблющихся держателей биткоина сбросить монеты, чтобы ходлеры увеличили свои резервы.

В конце прошлого года Джесси Пауэлл заявлял, что удобным временем для покупки биткоина станет падение его курса ниже $40 000. В то время BTC приближался к $50 000. Параллельно Пауэлл высказал мнение, что американский доллар движется к нулю.

Весной прошлого года гендиректор Kraken прогнозировал, что криптокомпании в скором временем вытеснят банки на второй план.

По его мнению, финансовые учреждения должны стать частью блокчейн-индустрии, в противном случае они рискуют покинуть рынок.

Categories: Open News

Власти Британии готовят законопроект об изъятии криптовалюты у преступников

Криптоновости - Wed, 05/11/2022 - 07:03

Правительство Великобритании подготовило законопроект о конфискации цифровых валют у преступников. Сторонником принятия такого документа выступает как премьер Борис Джонсон, так и Консервативная партия.

Руководство страны заинтересовано в снижении масштабов криминального использования криптовалют.

Как уточняет агентство Reuters, власти Британии не хотят допустить того, чтобы криптовалютами пользовались не только преступники, но и чиновник из стран, находящихся под санкциями.

Раздел об изъятии виртуальных валют входит в закон об экономических преступлениях. Этот документ наделит правоохранительные органы правом конфисковывать такие инструменты в максимально короткие сроки, если будет доказано их использование в сомнительных схемах.

Кроме этого, законопроект об экономических преступлениях призван нанести удар по государствам, против которых были введены финансовые санкции. В первую очередь, это касается Российской Федерации, чье руководство ранее неоднократно заявляло о намерении использовать цифровые валюты для обхождения американских и европейских ограничений.

Categories: Open News

Билл Гейтс заразился коронавирусом

IT Новости - Wed, 05/11/2022 - 03:25
Ранее сторонники конспирологических теорий обвиняли основателя Microsoft в том, что он связан с пандемией коронавируса
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Categories: World News

Токен Shiba Inu за сутки потерял в стоимости около 10%

Криптоновости - Wed, 05/11/2022 - 01:12

За последние 24 часа стоимость альткоина Shiba Inu (SHIB) упала примерно на 10%. Монета в ночь на среду, 11 мая, торгуется на уровне $0,00001648.

За неделю капитализация любимой цифровой валюты Илона Маска сократилась на 18% до $9,046 млрд.

Доходность Shiba Inu стала отрицательной. Причем монета несет потери, несмотря на то, что ее к оплате начали принимать многие торгово-развлекательные сети. Например, недавно стало известно о планах популярного бренда Gucci запустить продажу своих товаров за монеты SHIB.

На фьючерсном рынке также снижается интерес к токену.

По данным CoinGlass, сумма открытых контрактов упала до минимума с 5 октября прошлого года – $25,94 млн.

Отметим, что 30 октября 2021 года открытый интерес к фьючерсам на SHIB превышал $203 млн. Монета стала популярной среди трейдеров на фоне доминирования бычьих настроений.

Последний всплеск интереса к SHIB-фьючерсам наблюдался в первые дни апреля, на пике он составил $73,53 млн, после чего вновь начал слабеть.

Аналитики зафиксировали снижение индекса RSI ниже 30. Это говорит о том, что актив стал перепроданным, и появились шансы на его отскок.

Драйверами нового рывка могут стать киты, среди которых Shiba Inu пользуется большой популярностью.

После падения стоимости альткоина один из эфириум-китов приобрел 74 млрд монет на общую сумму до $1,23 млн.

Categories: Open News

Бесплатный VPN-клиент. Поддерживаются

Новости Softodrom.ru - Wed, 05/11/2022 - 00:11
Бесплатный VPN-клиент. Поддерживаются OpenVPN, IPsec, L2TP, MS-SSTP, L2TPv3 и EtherIP, а также собственный протокол
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Linux-дистрибутив Fedora на основе Xfce

Новости Softodrom.ru - Tue, 05/10/2022 - 22:49
Linux-дистрибутив Fedora на основе Xfce
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Популярный Linux-дистрибутив, спонсируе?

Новости Softodrom.ru - Tue, 05/10/2022 - 22:49
Популярный Linux-дистрибутив, спонсируемый фирмой Red Hat и поддерживаемый сообществом
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Популярный дистрибутив GNU/Linux на осн?

Новости Softodrom.ru - Tue, 05/10/2022 - 22:48
Популярный дистрибутив GNU/Linux на основе рабочей среды LXDE
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Categories: Open News

Linux-дистрибутив Fedora с рабочей сред?

Новости Softodrom.ru - Tue, 05/10/2022 - 22:48
Linux-дистрибутив Fedora с рабочей средой KDE Plasma
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Популярный Linux-дистрибутив. В качеств?

Новости Softodrom.ru - Tue, 05/10/2022 - 22:47
Популярный Linux-дистрибутив. В качестве оболочки для среды рабочего стола GNOME использован Cinnamon
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Браузер производства Google для Linux с

Новости Softodrom.ru - Tue, 05/10/2022 - 22:44
Браузер производства Google для Linux с открытым исходным кодом, сочетающий поддержку новейших веб-приложений и удобный поиск с высокой скоростью и стабильностью
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Categories: Open News

Google Chrome — браузер для Windows на ?

Новости Softodrom.ru - Tue, 05/10/2022 - 22:43
Google Chrome — браузер для Windows на основе свободного браузера Chromium и движка Blink
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Categories: Open News

Приложение для настройки службы фильтра?

Новости Softodrom.ru - Tue, 05/10/2022 - 22:42
Приложение для настройки службы фильтрации Windows (WFP) с наглядным интерфейсом, позволяющим легко настроить сетевую активность компьютера
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