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Paul Andrew (574 Posts)

About: Paul Andrew is the editor and founder of Speckyboy Design Magazine.

Web Design Horror Stories

In the grand scheme of things every seasoned web designer has had an experience of a bad client, and will most certainly have there own horror story that will creep back into there minds from time to time. If you are one of the lucky ones yet to experience a client from hell, brace yourself, they are coming! You can’t avoid them, they are lurking in the deep recesss of the memories of every web designer they have already tarnished and scarred.
Of course there are good clients, and they out number the bad one 10 to 1, it isn’t them, those saintly people, that you will remember. It is those needy, clueless, ignorant, time-consuming and money-grabbing clients that you will sadly remember.

Beautiful Digital Light Painting from Tony Ariawan

Digital light painting is the technique that can turn a dull image into an amazing and vibrant work of art that conveys a sense of movement and energy. This effect nearly always works well on subjects that are stationary or static but can be very difficult to produce on animated subjects such as people. It does take a very skilled hand to digitally paint a person with light, this is were Tony Ariawan comes in and excels.

30 Extensions and Addons for Thunderbird

Thunderbird as a stand alone email client is not really that powerful, yet it can be useful for basic and not business use. What if you wanted more? What if you wanted a free alternative to the many overblown, commercial email desktop applications, can it be done? Of course it can. With the added inclusion of the many freely available extensions and addons it can bring this basic desktop email application many steps closer to becoming a viable alternative to the very powerful Microsoft Outlook or any other overblown and expensive email app.

20 WordPress Security Plugins and Some Tips and Tricks

After putting in all of the time, and perhaps money, into your Wordpress website or blog, its now time to secure and protect it from outside enemies and general bad guys: hackers, spammers and all round tossers.
If your WP development knowledge is limited, your best option is to download and install plugins. They are easy to install and manage and will give you all the power and security you could ever hope for. Of course, no plugin is powerful enough to protect you from everything, we can only minimize the possible intrusions.
Below, we have twenty plugins that will help you protect your Wordpress installation.

45 Useful Android Apps

Is the mobile operating system Android a threat to the iPhones high standing in the marketplace? Not quite, but it is going to be. The only phones that Android is available on are the G2 Touch, HTC G1, Samsung 7500, HTCMagic and most recently, the HTC Hero (which I bought).It has been gaining popularity slowly, but surely.

40 Business Card Tutorials and PSD Templates

A business card is the most important tool any designer (or businessman) should have. It delivers the brand of your company and, most importantly, it represents YOU as a creative professional. It gives your potential client a glimpse into who you are, what you can do and your level of professionalism. Lets be honest, high quality work and reasonable pricing do not always speak for its self, but professionalism always does. That is what a client is looking for, someone they can rely on, trust and ultimately deliver the project they require. That is what your business card must reflect.