So many times we creative types get caught up in discussing the nuts and bolts of design, troubleshooting, figuring out what works and what doesn't, and we tend to skip the mundane, day-to-day stuff. After all, discussing billing, project management, gantt charts, etc. doesn't make for lively conversation. At least in my opinion, it doesn't. My accountant may beg to differ, but I digress.
I recently had an interesting discussion concerning workflow with another designer and I thought I'd continue it here on CB. By "workflow," I mean how projects are handled from start to finish. Now... I have to say that I've been freelancing (exclusively) for over 10 years and my workflow is a direct result of trial-and-error. And while your mileage may vary, I know what works for me. So, I thought I'd share and get your thoughts on the matter.
The number one requested feature on cb was to get email notifications when a certain thread has new replies. It is now implemented. See the link that reads subscribe post below any type of content.
For example when you post a critique or ask a question in the forum you will not need to visit the site every 5 minutes to check for replies. Now, you can simply subscribe to the threads of your interest and wait for the email notification when a reply is posted.
Join me in the creativebits chat room during Steve's keynote at 10AM Cupertino time on Feb. 28, 2006. If you are on a Mac and iChat is configured click here. Otherwise go to the "creativebits" room on AIM.
Update: Thanks everybody for the chat! It was great to have you all online.
I'm sure you've noticed that cb was down. I'm not quite sure what is happening. We already had the dedicated server. Specs: Pentium IV (non Celeron!), 30 GB usable IDE storage, 60 GB IDE backup drive, 4 TB bandwidth per month.
I want to let you guys know that thanks to your generous donations and amazing response to the cb dreamhost promotion (45 members took advatage of it!) we managed to move to a dedicated server. Our own dreamy server was christened "Dante" and is now up and running! You should experience a dramatic decrease in response time when browsing creativebits.
Recently our traffic went through the roof and the shared hosting server couldn't take the load. Apparently, the RSS feeds were creating a lot of work for the CPU. The server crashed and some files on cb got damaged. It was not the bandwidth that created the problem, it was the shortage of computing resources. Few days ago cb went down.