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Workplace Ethics

Posted: March 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

We have all heard about workplace ethics and what is most commonly understood about ethics is there are ethics and there are workplace ethics. But what most people don’t realize is that there is now such thing as workplace ethics; ethics are the same (or, should be) whether in the workplace or in personal life. Ethics have every bit as much a place in the public as they do in private. How is it there should be separate sets of ethics, depending upon whether it is your personal life or your work life? The answer is that there should not be a separate set and in light of recent events that we see on our televisions as of late, more and more companies are realizing this fact.

The word “ethic” is defined as, “The body of moral principles or values governing or distinctive of a particular culture or group” or “A complex of moral precepts held or rules of conduct followed by an individual”. It has been said that having ethics is doing the right or moral thing when no one is looking. Ethics is a personal choice and therefore, how workplace ethics are governed depends upon the personal ethics of those who are in authority over that workplace and also those who work in that environment.

Workplace ethics are an extension of the personal standards or lack of them that is inherent in the people who make up the workplace.  It seems that the current worldview deems that the only wrong thing about shady business dealings and immoral workplace ethics is in getting “caught.” So wouldn’t it just be easier to have integrity with everything you do and not have separate morals in regards to the workplace.

“The measure of a man’s character is what he would do if he knew he never would be found out.”
Thomas Babington

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Drupal vs. Joomla

Posted: March 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

Having just studied about Drupal and how to use and integrate it as a solution to web design and development it brought a curiosity to this subject. Having also heard about Joomla I thought I would do a little research to find some answers. There are many aspects to compare from both of these CMS applications. I will just touch on a few then provide a link to a more thorough article on the subject.
Of course, some of these are opinions and you may need further data to support their findings.
Best CMS for ACL
Drupal is far better for ACL, and also handles high page numbers better.
Best visual CMS
Joomla is the best visual CMS around. Nothing can beat it in the appearance stakes. It’s quicker and easier to get a great-looking site up with Joomla than with almost any other solution.
Best CMS for ease of use
The easiest full-feature CMS for the end-user* (the site owner or webmaster) is Joomla – the admin usability is unbeatable. Drupal is not so good, and becomes much trickier to manage when any kind of ACL is used, as that always obfuscates things to a certain degree.
Most stable CMS
Drupal is the winner here because it scales well and is rock-solid under heavy load. he description ‘most stable CMS’ implies the one that scales best, ie handles large numbers of plugins, high page numbers, and heavy loads best. Joomla is not as stable when heavily extended (lots of plugins).
Best CMS for high traffic
Both Drupal and Joomla handle high traffic well.
Easiest CMS to learn
Joomla wins this one. It’s partly down to the nice admin, and the fact that everything you need is clearly presented in the admin panel.
TCO Drupal vs Joomla
Total Cost of Ownership for both Drupal and Joomla are among the lowest of all mass-market CMS.
Joomla wins out here but if you need ACL and high-load with high page number stability, Drupal is the best choice.

In brief:
Drupal CMS — best ACL, high page numbers, stability.  Not so good on templating, visuals, sysadmin usability.
SEO is good.
Joomla CMS — best on features, media capability, repurposing, templating, visuals, admin usability, ecommerce. Poor ACL and high page number capability.  SEO is very good, and in practice better than Drupal.

Learn more here: http://www.a3webtech.com/index.php/compare-drupal-v-joomla-cms.html

 

 

 

 

Respect

Posted: February 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

This is one attribute that you have to give to receive. It is never a given I really think you have to earn it. What you do to give respect is directly how you are treated in return. How you conduct yourself towards others will reflect back to how you will be treated in most cases. I was always taught to respect others especially my elders. Being an army brat this is one subject that was constantly taught to me. I learned at a young age how you treat others with respect. But on the flip side for me to respect others is a reflection of how others gave respect. I would follow others which I did respect and try to mimic how they handled themselves.

All of life’s lessons are applied to our work and business relationships. To respect others is to be respected. We will always be rewarded for showing respect. It does not necessarily mean that you will always get it in return but with the majority of those you will. It is kind of weird if you give someone respect and they do not give you it in return you lose respect for the other person it is weird how that works.

Respect a man, and he will do all the more. John Wooden

Communication

Posted: December 15, 2010 in Uncategorized

If you are reading this you are involved with one form of communication. Computers, smart phones, electronic readers have changed the way we communicate. I feel it is important to embrace these technologies but not to depend completely upon them. Personal communication, yes the old school of face to face communication, will always be the most important. Your ability to communicate with others is vitally important in every aspect of your life. Probably the most important to this is being able  to listen and comprehend what is being said.  In today’s environment with all the avenues of communication it is vitally important to become good communicators. You hear of all the horror stories of those who have misused email, twitter, facebook and others to their demise. Such as losing their jobs, relationships and big business ventures. You must use these technologies with care. Understanding who is receiving these messages.

In business those who are successful are those who not only listen to their audience but implement what their audience is asking for. We as web developers need to listen to our clients needs while searching for ways to reach new audiences. Being able to engage others through the web should be our goal. So our ability to communicate through our websites is what will make us successful. How we communicate with others in all aspects of our lives will always determine our success.

The two words ‘information’ and ‘communication’ are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through. Sydney J. Harris

Home Page Design

Posted: October 19, 2010 in Uncategorized

5-second Home Page Test:
I began the 5-second home page test using the
Tulsa Zoo website shown here:
First impression is how busy it is. You notice the website is about animals in some way but you don’t notice it is for the Tulsa Zoo. The color scheme and background choices provide a sensory overload thus creating confusion on where to look. Your eye flow is all over the place. Because of its size the Halloween panel does dominate somewhat. Things I would improve is to come up with a complimentary color scheme using colors more sparingly. I would probably eliminate the background side panels or tone them done a lot. I would also give the Tulsa Zoo logo more prominence on the page. The navigation seems OK but more emphasis on the type and less on the photos.

Successful Home Pages (my opinion of course):
My first selection is Layers Magazine website:
This home page is clearly labeled with the Layers logo in a high contrast background simple but effective.
The navigation is easy to understand and with the use of buttons that match the logo scheme used throughout
Adobe’s product line you know where you will be going. The main topic is in an appropriate location with emphasis
on the title. All the links are easy to understand with rollovers and color designation. The drop down navigation
provides quick access to other pages.

My second selection is ZAGG website:
You know at a quick glimpse what this site is all about. By use of photo illustration you understand what product they are selling. You know that all of their products are for providing protection for your electronic devices. The main headline tells you what they are all about. They support their products with quick look video evidence. This site tells you what they are selling, the quality of their products, full array of products all on a simple home page that is effective.

Unsuccessful Home Pages (this is being kind!):
First glimpse you would think this is a site in a foreign language. It is hard to fathom that this is a website for an Ivy League Art School (Yale University School of Art). You could say there is nothing right about this website. Bad colors, background, type use, navigation, emphasis, confusion are all at work here. Questions you have when you look at it. What is it? What do I do? Where do I go? Do we need to say more.

My second choice is this beauty Shop in Paradise.
Can you really call this paradise? I think there was no thought process whatsoever about the layout. Design was not a factor when creating this website. A perfect example of trusting this business by looking at this site. If this is the quality they represent then no thank you. Seems like a lot of fine print that scares me. Can we add more frivolous stuff to this page?  I like the websites tagline “presenting the Isles best,” really! White space is our enemy here.

Taking Stock

Posted: September 27, 2010 in Uncategorized

What are my web design goals?

I want to be able to add web design/developer to my current design skill sets. Thus becoming more of an attractive candidate for future career possibilities.

Which aspects of web design interest me the most?

The ability to create complete interactive web sites. I like the possibilities you have using Flash for animation and interactivity. I want to learn what it takes to build an ecommerce website.

What current skills do I have that will be useful in creating web pages?

My creative design experience will be invaluable in creating clean and  aesthetically pleasing web pages. My knowledge of using Adobe software to create graphics will be helpful.

Which skills do I need to brush up on?

Understanding how to read and write clean html coding.

Which hardware and software do you already have for web design?

I have a 20″ iMac  with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator CS3.

Which tools do you need to buy?

Adobe CS5 for the web.

Which tools would you like to buy eventually?

Another 20″ monitor.

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Posted: September 23, 2010 in Uncategorized

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