Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Getting your own Business Cards

Pretty pretentious I know, but when networking, it's pretty handy to have, especially in this economic climate where job security isn't all that stable and you might not want to be using your work cards for personal use whilst job hunting.

There are loads of places that offer the service, but I recently used VistaPrint and I was impressed with the service, the standard slow service where they say would take 21 days took less than a week. The quality of the cards were nice and they offer good deals. To get the best deal though, sign up an account as you'll an email with a better deal, then when you create your card, it'll keep the design. You can use your own logo and design, or use a template or create your own with their own creator.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Imagine Cup for Students

The Imagine Cup is a global student technology competition focused on finding
solutions to real-world issues.

You can win some fantastic prizes and travel to the finals in Egypt. And it gets
even better you can win prizes just for registering!

Make new friends.

Great addition to your CV and portfolio!

Join to keep up with latest news, information and promote your projects!

Enter Competition in following categories:
  • Software Design
  • Embedded Development
  • Game Development
  • Robotics and Algorithm
  • IT Challenge
  • MashUp
  • Photography
  • Short Film
  • Design

Some good opportunity for students to get something potentially impressive on their CV over just having some school project.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Baby Portrait Photos

Well it's that time of year to get the family photo's done, even though a little early, we've got presents to get ready to send out if we don't want to pay stupidly expensive shipping costs.

All I can say, good job too, because there's a two week wait from when you get the photo's to when you can pick them up, with JC Penny's photo service at least.

There are many places that offer the service, the price seems to be pretty much the same, Sears, Babies R Us, Target etc.

The best advice, look for a coupon in the weekly papers or coupon mail spam because it's the one coupon that is so worth it.

Without the coupon, there's a $20 sitting fee per person which is waived, you also get a 8x10 print free. The handful of different print sizes and amounts we wanted with the coupon came to $36. Without the coupon this basic service would have come to $85 and had we wanted the "premium" service, which just adds a vignette filter to the image and you can centre or zoom into the photos, the price would have been $145. The holiday style borders or collages of photos' and cards etc would all have been additional prices.

Looking into the prices, pretty much all the major players offer a similar deal and price range, it just comes down to which ever place you have a coupon for and which is more convenient for you to use.