Looking for a bit of QC help (will pay, within reason)

bk's picture

What I am looking for is a little bit of help with some things I am trying to do in QC. I know that QC can do what I want, its just that I don't have the time and the right mind-set to figure it out. As you know, there isn't a lot of good reference material out there, one mostly has to figure things out by trial and error.

If this is something you are interested in, what I would propose doing is something along these lines: - we talk about the task until we are both comfortable (you know what I want, I know what I will get, etc.) - you give me a price, and a bit like when you get your car fixed, if it is going to cost more than the quote, you contact me before going further (sort of 'fixed price' but with some flexibility to cope with the fact that not everything will be known before you start working) - when the work is done, if there is something (such as new patch) I would have no problem with you owning the intellectual property, as long as I can use the patch.

Whaddya think?

Cheers, BK

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cybero's picture
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If you go to my site you'll find a contact link, do mail me if you want to pursue this matter further with me.

Thanks, whatever & best of luck to you with getting your concept realised in good time.

gtoledo3's picture
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You didn't leave any contact info...

usefuldesign.au's picture
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I can be contacted at usefuldesign.au[@] gmail .com. My professional background is graphic design, art direction, architecture studies, the programming side is more getting back to teenage roots for me.

Feel free to describe the kind of project you are wanting to embark on. There are many things I can do easily in QC and many things I'll never do in QC. Good Luck, QC is an exciting environment whatever you end up doing.

psonice's picture
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You might want to mention whereabouts in the world you are. International tax related paperwork alone can make this kind of thing totally unworkable in some cases :/

I actually had to register as an employer in the US to stop the US government keeping a big chunk of my income before. The Japanese government is actually keeping a chunk of my iphone income, I looked at the figures and the paperwork and decided they could keep it ;)

cybero's picture
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That is a very interesting insight as to how having international clientele , even over the web, can and will result in bureaucratic problems.

Sometimes they are hurdles worth taking & by the sounds of the Japanese example you gave, sometimes not.

One thing is for sure, everyone wants a piece of the pie :-) [Even if they didn't bake it].

dust's picture
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how much does one charge relatively for qc work ? $200/hr +- or a Hamburger ?

psonice's picture
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Yeah. The US forms actually weren't that bad actually, a few forms, a few faxes sent (at international phone rates, why no email?!) perhaps a few hours work. Not so bad, but pretty stupid.. why is it I have to register as a US employer again?!

The japanese ones required letters sent to embassies to get permission to earn money in japan before even starting the forms, and the forms were all manual and in triplicate ;(

cybero's picture
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is that a reference to the handle bk by any chance :-) ?

[bk = burger king]

cybero's picture
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Have I got this right, the US [ where email was invented ] wanted faxed proof, [presumably a digitally signed email wouldn't suffice, then] & the Japanese [ who practically invented the need for that particular device to write send & receive Kanji characters] don't accept faxes [ if so, that is truly mind bogglingly ironic, if you think about it ] .

In fact, in this day and age of internationalized keyboards, SSL and online translation, are faxes and forms in triplicate nothing short of anally retentive retardation. They could pull from a more OO approach using a DB of our write once and apply whensoever needed information, and then amend only if needing to update our records .

I find that I am increasingly inclined to view all of this as just more ways of parasitising my [ & others ] businesses .

Like having to get a prospective employee's CRB [ Criminal Records Bureau clearance form ] sorted for a CRB qualifying contract [ training in a college / with apprentices, for instance ] .

I've had to do this for myself and on behalf of others too .

The issuing agent is supposed to validate, but many a prospective employee is facing a £38.00 per application charge, because issuing authorities won't always validate that which they have issued previously .

Lame, negligent and in any case producing an otherwise unnecessary iteration of what should / could be a simple one off application that could easily be rescinded / updated if that prospective employee actually got a CRB with notes of an offence subsequently committed after the initial form issue .

Boy that is well off topic from me :-) - just a rant .

I hate pointless paperwork, I really, really do .

cwright's picture
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cybero wrote:
Have I got this right, the US [ where email was invented ] wanted faxed proof, [presumably a digitally signed email wouldn't suffice, then] & the Japanese [ who practically invented the need for that particular device to write send & receive Kanji characters] don't accept faxes [ if so, that is truly mind bogglingly ironic, if you think about it ] .

In fact, in this day and age of internationalized keyboards, SSL and online translation, are faxes and forms in triplicate nothing short of anally retentive retardation.

This annoys me to no end -- I cannot vouch for the Japanese side (maybe @mradcliffe can?), but faxes are some kind of antiquity fetish here in the US. It's almost predatory, and everyone I know with a working fax machine requires a second phone line (you're welcome, AT&T -- no, don't worry about building up your cell network, or providing reasonable DSL service in FREAKING SILICON VALLEY! [no, I'm not bitter, I just abhor Comcast]), receives tons of fax-spam which seemingly cannot be stopped (you're welcome, annoying advertisers, paper producers, and toner producers, not to mentioned fax-machine-repair-people as runners-up!), or need a computer with awful fax-receiving software to be running continuously to filter the spam out (You're welcome, electric company, microsoft [the only platform this software seems to run on], cheap-o computer manufacturers, and even more cheap-o flaky software shops! And don't forget those poor modem manufacturers; they need to pay mortgages and school loans off too!). It's a completely irrational.

Further, it's not even anally retentive, it's downright negligent; I can send you a document electronically with encryption strong enough that it Cannot Be Broken feasibly (potentially even using a quantum cryptography), and that can prove that I sent you that document (with optional timestamping) with odds of falsification that are astronomically minuscule. I'm confident that the PTSN cannot make such claims.

Faxes need to die, along with phones -- IP end-to-end is the future, and anyone who claims otherwise is trying to sell something. (not that IP-everything proponents aren't trying to sell something, of course)

cybero's picture
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You're right of course, in the strictly analytical sense , it isn't anally retentive, in fact negligent and lame does seem far more appropriate. I was thinking of those whose life is focussed upon keeping such paperwork / records in order loving up the needlessly repetitive vade macum of much of modern business bureaucracy .

It is, in the case of the CRB partially borne of the wish to make that QUANGO self financing.

The point about a second phone line [ and all that follows in its wake] is well made.

Definitely, some sort of digitally signed and secured IP based solution shall become the norm ref in the future. When is the question though, with the excessive licence fees for 3G dragging back many mobile service providers from being able to afford to roll out and improve their networks so that they can truly support the massive data requirements for the sort of devices that can send and receive on the move ....

Well you're guess might well be better than mine as to when it shall become a reality outside of the few places on the globe that are locally served with adequate wi - fi & / or 3G coverage to support such services well.

dust's picture
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about ten years ago. i went to japan as i was involved romantically and professionally with a Japanese pop singer. akila http://www.aki-la.com

i had made a few mixes, it was fun to be on tv and what not in another country. the project was all backed by sony/epic and mtv etc...

on my way there i got a brilliant idea after a few to many free tai beers. (i was involved in a drinking contest with an australian rules football team. ((note don't ever try to out drink an australian. its not going to happen even if your irish)))

so my idea was to claim i had the money all-ready that i was to make once in japan. so that way, upon return to the states i wouldn't get taxed. obviously i'm only talking about carry on change denominations but everything went smooth.

royalty issues are entirely another thing that require lawyers and auditing etc..

some other international gigs have required a whole lot of stuff from medical exams, back ground checks, agents, and patronization's. patronization meaning becoming re-patronized when returning to your home country even if being paid in US hamburgers while abroad.

bk's picture
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cybero wrote:
If you go to my site you'll find a contact link, do mail me if you want to pursue this matter further with me.
Hello there Cybero - actually I have tried to contact you, with both my private email address and my work address (from the gov.au domain) - several times with no success. No worries though, I'll try it again today.

bk's picture
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gtoledo3 wrote:
You didn't leave any contact info...
Sorry, didn't want to be spammed (not by you guys, but by the evil auto-bots). I thought PM's through here a better way to go.

bk's picture
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psonice wrote:
You might want to mention whereabouts in the world you are. International tax related paperwork alone can make this kind of thing totally unworkable in some cases :/
I live in the great land of Oz (Oztralia). In terms of taxes, regarding QC, it is not what I do for a living, it is just what keeps me sane (sorta!), so from my end, I would only want to be satisfied with the work before I paid - usually by direct deposit. Taxes, claiming as an expense et al, is not something I'm interested in, just show me the Manet (sad attempt at humour there) and I'm happy.

bk's picture
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dust wrote:
how much does one charge relatively for qc work ? $200/hr +- or a Hamburger ?
From my point of view, I think people need to get paid a reasonable wage. If I was hiring a professional programmer for this sort of gig @ work, I would expect to be paying ~$125-$175/hour (AUD), depending on their experience and previous track record. Independent programmers should be in the same ballpark. Rather than pay by the hour though, I feel a bit more comfortable in getting a fixed-price quote on the task. That sort of price, of course, needs to be worked out by looking @ how many hours it is expected (or should) take to get the job done. Of course, sometimes things turn out to be a bit more complicated than originally anticipated, which is why I use the analogy of a car repair - if someone gets into the job only to find out it is harder/bigger than anticipated, all I would ask is that they get back to me before they start burning hours.

bk's picture
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usefuldesign.au wrote:
I can be contacted at usefuldesign.au[@] gmail .com. My professional background is graphic design, art direction, architecture studies, the programming side is more getting back to teenage roots for me.
Thanx, message sent.

usefuldesign.au's picture
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And the Aussie Rules team was…? This sport is the faith denomination in my home town, Melbourne.

'Carn the Blues!!! (who lost badly today to an average opponent :/)

psonice's picture
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cybero wrote:
Have I got this right, the US [ where email was invented ] wanted faxed proof, [presumably a digitally signed email wouldn't suffice, then] & the Japanese [ who practically invented the need for that particular device to write send & receive Kanji characters] don't accept faxes [ if so, that is truly mind bogglingly ironic, if you think about it ] .

Yep, my details had to be either posted or faxed. It was just a form if I remember right, I could have filled it in on a website or emailed it as a pdf.

Can't remember the exact details of the jap one, but I had to write to either the british embassy in japan or the jap embassy in the UK to get some letter confirming that I was OK to earn money in japan before even starting the forms :(

It's strange, Japan has a reputation for being super high tech, but that's only slightly true. They have robot toilets and phones with built in TVs, sure, but most stuff seems to be manual and traditional still. And the phones looked pretty terrible actually.. high tech, but horrible design and huge. My iphone looked like it was from the future when I went a few years back :)

dust's picture
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i forget the name of the team it has been so many years now, if my memory serves me right i think they had on blue and white track suites. this was so long ago you could still smoke on Air Malaysia. I remember they where pretty popular because one player was telling me how the blonde guy sitting next to me had his own dolls and how the native aboriginal guy was a much better player but didn't have a doll of himself.