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Monthly Archives: May 2015

Finding Remote Desktop users connected to a Windows server using PowerShell

(without using the RemoteDesktopServices cmdlet – script uses WINSTA.EXE instead.

From Business Insider: The Best Websites To Find Freelance Work.

I had a post on a similar topic three years ago – Websites for Finding Design and Programming Jobs. Some of the sites in that post were for regular full-time jobs, but at least half of the sites included freelance jobs. Of course, there are a couple of sites that are on both lists.

The sites from the Business Insider story are:

  1. Upwork (formerly oDesk, which was on the earlier list)
  2. Toptal
  3. Elance (also on the 2012 list)
  4. Freelancer
  5. Craigslist
  6. Guru (also on the 2012 list)
  7. 99designs
  8. Peopleperhour (also on the 2012 list)
  9. Freelance Writing Gigs
  10. Demand Media
  11. College Recruiter
  12. GetACoder (also on the 2012 list)
  13. iFreelance
  14. Project4hire
  15. SimplyHired

And just like in my 2012 post, I’m not linking to the sites that Business Insider compiled. Instead, I encourage you to check out the Business Insider post for yourself to get capsule reviews of the sites, as well as direct links.

The first programming I ever did was on an HP programmable calculator with a 49-step program memory. Despite the limit, I was able to program the classic “Lunar Lander” and artillery games.

Ever since then, I’ve had an abiding interest in writing efficient programs and (when the Internet came along) websites. For a while, I was out of step with the industry, as fast PCs and broadband connections made the search for efficiency seem almost quaint.

But the Wheel turns, and everything old is new again. In particular, as mobile phone data plans have gone from unlimited 3G to metered 4G connections, there is a renewed need to get the most design bang for the least bandwidth buck.

Responsive Web Design (RWD) often relies on Javascript libraries to provide the best browsing experience available at a given screen size, but these Javascript libraries (which have to be transmitted to the end-user’s device in order to work their magic) can be quite large.

Filament Group (a web design firm based in Boston, MA) posted about some tips and tricks to “…make RWD sites load fast as heck“.

Well, I say “tips and tricks”. What I mean is “seriously technical hacks and optimizations.”

Filament Group’s approach boils down to “embed as much CSS and Javascript in the HTML to make the page as usable as possible while not exceeding 14kb for the compressed page.”

Simply stated, but difficult in practice. In particular, the hacking needed to get the necessary CSS and especially Javascript into the <HEAD> of the page warms the cockles of my old HP25-programming heart.