In the last few weeks, it seems like Boy Genius from India has made the transition from novice to master of his trade. He is a coder, normally something to do with PHP, really, nothing my mother needs to understand, and for the most part, I try to avoid. Nonetheless, he has reached his stride, he is the master.
I know anything I could dream to create on the Internet, he would be compelled make it become a reality.
Sosua, Dominican Republic - Caribbean
by Andy Graham (Gadget) of HoboTraveler.com | Gadget Profile
The whole reason I am in Dominican Republic is to work on my web site, we are giving two large websites a complete face transplant. However, at the speed of light, we are massaging this husky 11-year-old bear of a website into the world of 2.0 Internet.
The Big G did me the biggest favor of my life.
When I met the "Big G," the God of the Internet, a modern day monopoly, it was just a starter, it was my friend. It will forever say thank you G-----ggle for helping me make enough travel for the last 5-7 years. This was their first big favor, and I am thankful to the company.
Well, the site has me angry now, I am not too happy. Moreover, because I am angry, I started analyzing our relationship, and what did I learn, well they are making about 300,000 dollars a year from my site, and I am getting breadcrumbs.
I have been chatting daily with Andrew, planning and plotting to claim this revenue for ourselves, so Boy Genius and I can share it as partners. It is amazing how two angry techies can start to change their stars.
We started to sell advertising in earnest, and today we got our first two inquiries. This is the first time I have wanted to replace the Big G, but enough is enough.
I know some of you think an American should not do business with India. I have traveled the would now for 13 years, and when you find the sparkle of genius in anyone’s eye, I recommend you make those eyes your friend. When you open your eyes, you will one day realize you have only met true genius a few times, savor it as long as you can.
By the way, Big G, when you stopped sending the Christmas gift, I knew there was a problem.
I just learned that I have Hypothyroid, so does a friend of mine in Guatemala, I have "G" mail so after I e mail friend of mine in Guatemala about how I am doing, I get ads about 'thyroid' cures plus travel agency ads about Guatemala travel!!!!!!! coming on big G.
I live and work in the 'developing' world, had a website here in El Salvador in 2000, my local Webmaster, who spoke 3 languages other than Spanish built the entire website from Source Code, at Cybercafes, since his home computer was dial up and therefore too expensive, I got a hosting company in USA and my Webmaster FTP ed everything to hosting company from a Cybercafe in the city of San Salvador, in Central America alone are hundreds of qualified computer techs working for $2.75 USD an hour or less at 'Call Centers', Customer Service Centers outsourced from USA, those young people with connections and money, USA Visas, go work in the 'first world', so if you are on the road and require tech support, look around locally or internationally, don't hold your breath waiting for an "American" find someone and negociate a fair salary, if they ask for US, UK or EU compensation part company with them, on the local level if possible send a native friend first to do talking and set prices or salaries, a native is far better than an ex pat who CLAIMS to be 'fluent' in local language......You will find 99 people at first who will want to overcharge, you then will find 1 genius, hold on to him or her.