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Last night and today was spent learning Adobe inDesign. Hello, it's $700!!! I'm using the trial version, and I'm thinking I may just upgrade from Photoshop to the whole creative suite for $850 because it gives me Illustrator. Not that I know what it does, but it would've been cheaper for me to buy the suite before. The suite is cheaper then inDesign + Photoshop individually.

After learning inDesign, I figured out that it's so much easier to design albums using inDesign then Photoshop.

There was a really rough power outage today, and when I turned on my computer the first time it acted really sluggish and I was so worried. Then I finally got around to installing the UPS that had been gathering dust, and then I vacuumed the cat hair around the computer, and even opened up my computer but it looks fine inside. It's working great now.

Nothing like installing a UPS -after- a power outage.

The corporate gig went well, I actually bumped into a whole lot of old coworkers, and also other friends. It was a project management conference. I guess I know a lot of project managers. The keynote speaker was actually pretty interesting. He wrote a book called "Take the stairs". He interviewed a bunch of successful people, and basically found out that they don't mind hard work. Duh. And he says if there's stairs or escalators, to choose the stairs, because it teaches you to exercise willpower and discipline. Instead of having an entitlement mentality.

I like the message, because I coasted through my software engineer job. And I'm definitely working harder on my own business than as an employee. And hard work is hard. But I do think the key is, finding something you're willing to work hard for.

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dnivie
Sep. 15th, 2011 07:45 am (UTC)
working harder
I think your observation added to his, is more powerful than either alone. First, yes people working hard, tend to succeed more often than people not working hard. That's kinda duh.

But equally important: most people tend to work harder for *themselves* than for *others*. Especially others that you don't even nessecarily much care for. How much do employees of IBM or Dell really care about the owners of those companies ?

If you do better as a photographer, then the fruits of that are yours and yours alone. If, in contrast, you'd worked harder as a software-engineer then it's more like some fraction of the benfits of that *might* eventually fall on you. (assuming someone higher up notices, and adjusts your responsibilities and/or compensation - but there's no guarantees this will happen at all!)
ripresa
Sep. 15th, 2011 01:49 pm (UTC)
Re: working harder
I don't understand those people at my old company that would work till 8 pm every day and then go home and check work email.
__bin
Sep. 15th, 2011 08:23 pm (UTC)
I'd just go and find it on a torrent site. I bought Photoshop from Adobe and when I needed support they were total dickwads and it basically taught me that it's not worth what you pay for it. Is that a bad thing to tell a former software engineer?
ripresa
Sep. 15th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
haha, yes, it's a bad thing to tell a software engineer.
it's just like you don't like shooting for free, people who code likes to get paid for it too.

i always thought that people who complained about gmail being down, or facebook being down were spoiled and entitled. did you pay for the service? no. since when was it your right to get free software?
__bin
Sep. 15th, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
WTF? Livejournal signed me out while I was composing that last comment. It's obviously from me, though.

Damn this free Livejournal account! Why is it not perfect?
ripresa
Sep. 15th, 2011 08:34 pm (UTC)
also, i understand when you're young and poor and a student, everything is expensive.

but when you start your own business, and hope to be successful, then it's important to do things legitimately, like pay income tax, etc.
wenchalicious
Sep. 15th, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
I loved Creative Suite. I used Illustrator a lot in previous gigs and am learning quite a bit about Photoshop now.

I'm planning on asking a friend of mine who's in law school to buy me the education version of Adobe's CS before he graduates.
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