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Windows 10 Is Coming! Should You Get It?

By now, you must have heard that Windows 10 is official and coming to PCs at the end of next month. It’s a huge undertaking for Microsoft, who not only need to shed off the stigma of Windows 8, but make it so people (read: businesses) will actually want to upgrade from Windows 7 (or XP). The technical preview has been out for a while and Microsoft is getting a ton of feedback from the current users (including me), but all of it amounts to nothing if you can’t use it for your freelancing purposes.

So…will Windows 10 be worth it?

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Another Year Older: BDay Edition

Lo! It’s your friendly, neighborhood Gina! And guess what?

It’s my birthday!

Or rather, it was my birthday a few days ago. As I celebrate another year older, I looked back at what last year’s birthday brought.

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Summertime Blues or The Time Gina Went Looking for an Internship

Bueno, loyal readers!

Well, it’s official – I am thirty-five years and twelve days old today. I know, right? If you remember my last post, my birthday was just looming ahead and with that, I decided I would do the grown up thing and pick a career and a career I did pick – technical writing/communication. It’s perfect really – I of course love writing, as you know, and I’m a big geek when it comes to technology and I have of course done my fair share of articles and reviews within the technology sphere.

The downside to this is of course that full-time job I have. It also works, as it’s in technical support (which can help with tech writing), but it’s summer and that means getting less hours and less monies. You all know I loves me some monies, so losing hours is kinda not cool, but as you freelancers will know, you can’t just stop when one project stops – you keep going and in this post my friends, I’m gonna talk to you about internships. If anyone of you have ever watched a television show or movie, you’ve probably seen the lowly intern – the poor guy or gal who goes out fetching coffee for the office, makes copies, runs errands, etc. Basically the idea of an internship is not appealing, right? Read the rest of this entry

The Path to a Career…Or, I’m Turning 35, What Do I Do Now??

Bueno, good readers!

As some of you may or may not know, my birthday is coming up next and it’s the monumental big 3-5. The quintessential middle-aged number, the halfway point to forty and I’m turning it. While I’m not particularly happy about it, a much more pressing issue has begun to crop up as I start the countdown.

My career.

You see, I don’t have one and as I’m about to approach the age where I should have that, married, kids, the whole nine yards, I have of course begun to think about that it is I wanna be when I grow up. And the answer is… Read the rest of this entry

In A Galaxy…Near You…Came a Phone!

People of my blog!

Okay, first – I’m sorry. I am, really. You know how real life gets me and I have to do that and then come back here, but more on that later. Important, awesome news, which actually does relate to that series I started back in December. So, if you’ll remember, I was doing a list of some of the best gifts you should consider when thinking about your freelancer. Well, as of this post, let’s just consider this the start of our phone and app section, yes? Read the rest of this entry

How to Deal with a Clingy Client

Hello good reader! Welcome back to another session here at the FRR. So this blog is obviously about my life as a freelancer and all the crazy things that entails and there have been crazy things, let me tell you. I’ve done a few different things for different companies and clients and the learning process of dealing with people on a remote/telecommuting level versus an office level is certainly different.

Most of the folks that I’ve worked for have been awesome, offering feedback on projects I’ve done and so forth, but I have to say that I’ve encountered something I never have before – the clingy client. Read the rest of this entry

The Portfolio Experience

 

English: WordPress Logo

English: WordPress Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the last post I started to tell you how I created a portfolio in WordPress and came to the conclusion that I write too much. Obviously, I’m a writer, that’s what I do, but when creating this portfolio I realize just how much I had written and for how many people.

The Writer’s Dilemma

So I made little thumbnails for the articles I wanted to showcase and decided that because most of them are in article format anyway, I’d make it easier and go by topic, like technology or video games. You guys, one never knows how much stuff they have done until they look back upon it. That actually sounds profound, doesn’t it? Read the rest of this entry