FootballFanTest.co.uk – How Much Do You Love Your Team

Hi there,
I would like to introduce you an idea I’ve been working (just for fun) and its website: footballfantest.co.uk

This test will let you know how football fan of your team are you. The questions were suggested by visitors, please do not take this seriously 😉

So please, if you can fill the form for me and share your result in twitter/facebook (you will find a link at the end), it will be much appreciated as spreading the fun always help.

Thanks guys,

PS – Iphone App on its way!

step by step

Hi guys,

I’m really sorry for being such a lazy bas**rd (in UK you can’t say bastard, ups!) updating this blog lately on, but I’ve got actually a very good excuse: I am already working for myself

What does this mean:

  • I’ll work a bit less or even more than before, I don’t know yet
  • Frucomedia will pay my salary from now on, if there is money
  • Frucomedia is going to hang out with the movers and shakers of the Web Design Companies in London
  • I’m as excited as scared stiff
  • Everything is going to be alright (I’m cheering up myself all the time, even here ;p)
  • If you need a website, don’t hesitate in contacting me

Step by step.

frucomedia

which browser do you use?

There is nothing worse than surfing a web site and not being able to see it properly in a particular browser.

As a web designer/developer, I need to work with all major browsers and make the websites optimized for all of them (the worst part by far). IE 6, IE 7, IE 8, Firefox 2, Firefox 3, Safari, Opera, Netscape and now Chrome. The way browsers are constructed, they can show a website slightly differently.

I don’t know which one you use, I just hope is not IE 6 because is shit!

the mythical man-month

A few weeks ago, Marc (thanks mate) recommend and sent me the book The Mythical Man-Month by Fred Brooks in a PDF file, but as I am a compulsive online buyer and I love the smell of new books I decided to buy it.

Fred Brooks (IBM, project manager of OS/360) wrote this book about software project management in 1975 (I have the anniversary edition, 1995) and this is what has surprised me more when reading it, even though the book was first written more than 30 years ago, project managers (myself) are having the same problems he had.

The tendency for managers to repeat such errors in project development led Brooks to quip that his book is called “The Bible of Software Engineering” because “everybody reads it but nobody does anything about it!”

Promise, I’ll do!! 🙂

If you need to manage a project, tools like Microsoft Visual SourceSafe (source control software) Goplan (online project management and collaboration), google apps (Web app for communication and collaboration) and many more can make your life a bit easier but for sure won’t prevent you from more than one headache, promise.

if architects had to work like programmers

Actually this letter is going to be very helpful because my company (frucomedia.com) has a client who is an architect and currently I am busy building website for him!

Dear Mr. Architect!

Please design and build me a house. I am not quite sure of what I need, so you should use your discretion. My house should have between two and forty-five bedrooms. Just make sure the plans are such that the bedrooms can be easily added or deleted. When you bring the blueprints to me, I will make the final decision of what I want. Also, bring me the cost breakdown for each configuration so that I can arbitrarily pick one.

Keep in mind that the house I ultimately choose must cost less than the one I am currently living in. Make sure, however, that you correct all the deficiencies that exist in my current house (the floor of my kitchen vibrates when I walk across it, and the walls don’t have nearly enough insulation in them).

As you design, also keep in mind that I want to keep yearly maintenance costs as low as possible. This should mean the incorporation of extra-cost features like aluminium, vinyl, or composite siding. (If you choose not to specify aluminium, be prepared to explain your decision in detail.)

Please take care that modern design practices and the latest materials are used in construction of the house, as I want it to be a showplace for the most up-to-date ideas and methods. Be alerted, however, that kitchen should be designed to accommodate, among other things, my 1952 Gibson refrigerator.

To insure that you are building the correct house for our entire family, make certain that you contact each of our children, and also our in-laws. My mother-in-law will have very strong feelings about how the house should be designed, since she visits us at least once a year. Make sure that you weigh all of these options carefully and come to the right decision. I, however, retain the right to overrule any choices that you make.

Please don’t bother me with small details right now. Your job is to develop the overall plans for the house: get the big picture. At this time, for example, it is not appropriate to be choosing the color of the carpet. However, keep in mind that my wife likes blue.

Also, do not worry at this time about acquiring the resources to build the house itself. Your first priority is to develop detailed plans and specifications. Once I approve these plans, however, I would expect the house to be under roof within 48 hours.

While you are designing this house specifically for me, keep in mind that sooner or later I will have to sell it to someone else. It therefore should have appeal to a wide variety of potential buyers. Please make sure before you finalize the plans that there is a consensus of the population in my area that they like the features this house has.

Please prepare a complete set of blueprints. It is not necessary at this time to do the real design, since they will be used only for construction bids. Be advised, however, that you will be held accountable for any increase of construction costs as a result of later design changes.

You must be thrilled to be working on an interesting project as this! To be able to use the latest techniques and materials and to be given such freedom in your designs is something that can’t happen very often. Contact me as soon as possible with your complete ideas and plans.

P.S.:
My wife has just told me that she disagrees with many of the instructions I’ve given you in this letter. As architect, it is your responsibility to resolve these differences. I have tried in the past and have been unable to accomplish this. If you can’t handle this responsibility, I will have to find another architect.

P.P.S.:
Perhaps what I need is not a house at all, but a travel trailer. Please advise me as soon as possible if this is the case.

via biznik