Asshats, Work

Webdesign Wannabe

So yeah, I have a new layout.

As things are a bit slow at work for the moment, I had some time to noodle around with photoshop and skEdit which resulted in what you’re looking at. If you’re wondering, the blurb on the top is my poor attempt at programming wittiness. Suffice it to say it uses php’s ternary operator, one of my favorite php constructs.

What else.

Well, we lost another client today. We’d been hosting this guy’s website since 1999, done the graphic layout and the backend programming. He always seemed very pleased with the result. Until about a year ago, some wiseass went and told him he could offer much cheaper hosting and a much better backend solution. This guy came to talk with me about this, and I had checked out his site prior to his visit — good lord, that site sucked big time. During the conversation I couldn’t help noticing that Señor Asshat was treating me like a mouthbreathing idiot — so in turn I told him how I felt about his website.

This did not go down well.

Since then, I’m guessing the guy has repeatedly attempted to get our client to move his business with him. And I suppose it finally paid off. The problem I’m having with this is not so much losing a client — it lies in how the hosting transfer was done: Señor Asshat has basically stolen my layout (copy/pasted html-source, took all the existing graphic elements that were designed by me) and is now presenting it as his own. With a big fat link to his “webdesign” firm. Loser.

The kicker in this whole story is: I had been working on a complete revamp of the site. No more frames, extensive usage of css and xhtml, to make it fast and search-engine friendly. No less than two days after I finished the redesign, in comes the email telling us he’s with Mr Asshat now. His loss, I say.

Oh well, by-gones and all that, yes?

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3 thoughts on “Webdesign Wannabe

  1. two things

    one) the ternary operator kicks ass, it was borrowed by mr. Lerdof as other stuff in php. which is why I find php so nice.

    two) maybe it’s time for you to start showing off your work and what you’re capable of. I know a guy that did it and now he’s living la vida loca and he’s not even moving from his own home.

    I bet zappa wouldnt’d be the only who’d like to have you more often@home.com

  2. Jurgen says:

    Joy: yeah, Gaby and me had been thinking about something like that before (the Evil Plan B, as mentioned above!).

    Perhaps it’s a bit overly ambitious, but we were thinking along the lines of creating an online service of some sort. Between Gaby’s graphic chops and my *cough* programming prowess *cough* something interesting could be made. Now for that one million dollar idea…

    (ps: sorry about the comment moderation — I didn’t actually expect any comments on this weblog, so I had it set to automatically require moderation.)

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