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  • Networking
  • Adphoto notes
  • Fixed the network connection
  • Adphoto website plans
  • Looking for a new web host for Adphoto
  • Indexing pictures

Networking

The network tester I bought yesterday was very useful. Celine and Yaya
suddenly lost network connection, and the tester quickly showed me
that both cables going to the first floor had been significantly
damaged. I showed Jun how the network tester tests individual wires.
We think rats might have chewed on the wires. Jun will rewire the
connection going downstairs. I gave him the wall mounts, networking
jacks, cable reel, and network tester: he’s all set to do some major
networking stuff.

Celine didn’t receive some mail Mom sent her, so I confirmed that the
server had plenty of free space and I sent another test message.
However, my mom’s default settings with Globelines didn’t work.

To prevent its mail servers from being used for spam, Globelines
requires users to check their Globelines account before allowing them
to send mail through its servers (POP before SMTP). I didn’t want to
save my mom’s Globelines password on all the computers that needed to
send mail. On 2005.03.03, I installed another network card in our
IntranetServer and configured it to check my mom’s Globelines account
regularly. This worked without a hitch because I had assigned
addresses to keep the two networks separate.

When they plugged the wireless router in, though, the factory defaults
conflicted with my addressing scheme. I suppose she had luckily
managed to avoid those problems for a while. Still, fixing it was
just a matter of sitting down and configuring the router properly. I
set the router password and the wireless security settings as well.

We’re still not done arranging for Mom’s flight to Canada. Argh.
The printer’s annoying, the website’s somewhat frustrating… Mrph.

彼らは熱烈にいがみ合っている。 They fight like cat and dog.

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Adphoto notes

  • 1. What must a sales person be, have, know or learn to be effective in sales?
  • 2. Difference between sales and marketing functions; sales vs sales management
  • presentable; pleasing personality; approachable
  • communications: spoken, written English and Tagalog; negotiation; good listener; presentation skills; computer literacy/savvy
  • ethics
  • training: product knowledge: equipment, services, photographers’ skills and expertise; sales, presentation skills
  • job description
  • familiarization with company (people, facilities, policies, organization structure, presentation/sales kits (images, spiel/script)
  • clients: know clients and their requirements; who? territorial assignments
  • pricing
  • competitors
  • performance
  • employment contracts

training: when?

  • as soon as hired
  • continuing training
  • periodic

lack of training

  • not productive
  • short of knowledge
  • lack of confidence
  • wrong information
  • not professional
  • train, keep
  • train, lose
  • not train, keep
  • not train, lose XX

Why do clients get Adphoto?

  • quality of work
  • support service
  • good food
  • Lucas
  • fast delivery
  • high tech
  • good reputation
  • facilities
  • we go to them

what do we need to train: (materials)

  • portfolios
  • list of equipment and usage
  • photographers’ profiles
  • list of clients
  • pricing guidelines / rate sheets / stock photos / equipment rental / studio rentals
  • company policies
  • sales policies
  • job descriptions
  • reports / forms / analysis: billing (per qtr, per client, per …), collection, cost estimate, job, sched, delivery receipt. frequency, volume, value.
  • workflow
  • corporate profile
  • services
  • supplies
  • performance evaluation
  • advertising and promo materials
  • employment contracts

Action:

  • 1. prepare a training manual
  • 2. prepare a training program
  • 3. update old employees’ employment contracts, job description
  • 4. look for someone to handle sales training

「ええ、かわいい、ちいさな、ふわふわしたねこですよ」年をとったおばあさんが言いました。 “Yes, a sweet little fluffy cat” said the very old woman.

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Fixed the network connection

Celine was having terrible problems with her network connection.
Initially I thought it was because Quickbooks couldn’t handle the
cascaded switch configuration, but with packet loss of over 50% and
only two hosts connected to the switch, it didn’t seem to be a
resource problem. The high packet loss meant that Quickbooks was
practically unusable. When I took my laptop down to the lobby for
diagnostics, I couldn’t even ping the server. The tester lit up the
lines in the right order, although one of the cables didn’t have a
working pin 1.

After some poking around, I threw my hands up and crimped one of the
spare cables according to the standards. (Good thing we had spares!)
Lo and behold! It worked! I should leave a wiring diagram in Jun’s
networking toolbox.

Does anyone have a 110 punch tool for terminating wall mounts? I
expected the wall mounts to be self-terminating like the patch panels
in the dorm, but that wasn’t the case. PC Express carries wall mounts,
but not the tool for terminating them—go figure!

おしゃべりの人は、いつもの秘密をばくろしってえは他人の利が愛を冒している。 A talkative person is always letting the cat out of the bag and jeopardizing the interests of others.

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Adphoto website plans

My dad wants to be able to update the pictures on the Adphoto website
easily. The iPhoto Flickr export plugin looks pretty nifty, and if I
can make something similar, that would be ubercool.

Hmm. Must redesign site. Brochure-ware, perhaps also stock photography?

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Looking for a new web host for Adphoto

The .ph domain will be a hassle to update (maybe we should just get
that delegated?), but it might be worth switching to a new web host.

I need PHP, MySQL, mail hosting, FTP access, 1 GB storage, and
ImageMagick support. We use less than 1 GB a month. I’d like
shell access. Python and Perl support would be really fun. Ruby would
make me thrilled. I plan to set up a tagged photoblog / photographers’
portfolio.

We’re currently paying ~ USD 8 / month. I’d prefer to keep money in
the Philippines, and most of our traffic comes from the Philippines
anyway. Know of any locally-hosted servers? If not, I’ll probably go
for http://www.site5.com/hosting/comparison.php .

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Indexing pictures

Adphoto is an advertising photography
and digital imaging company. My parents established it 33 years ago.
It’s Good Stuff.

We’d like to develop the stock photography side of our business. For
that, we need the ability to search for images and give clients
thumbnails before pulling out the original images from our archives.
The Digital Asset Management for Photographers book recommended a hard-disk based archive, but I wanted to make something work without disrupting the office (or my spare time) too much. =)

Right now, we use a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to keep track of CDs
and their contents. Our digital librarian is in charge of assigning
numbers to CDs and describing the contents of the CD using keywords
and phrases. When someone asks for stock shots with a certain keyword,
she searches her Excel file and then physically retrieves the CDs in
order to make thumbnails. Our previous digital librarian started
filing copies of pictures in a directory tree arranged by subject, but
this was not accompanied by metadata, and it was hard to keep up to
date.

Our librarian has been experimenting with iView Media Pro and
Extensis Portfolio. After some poking
around, I found out how to do offline indexing in Extensis Portfolio.
That would allow us to index thousands and thousands of CDs while
keeping thumbnails on the hard drive. iView also has this feature, so
we just need to play around with it and see which interface we like
best.

My Adphoto goals for the next two weeks (I have to go back to
Canada in two weeks!) are to:

  • Improve and document the workflow for digital images
  • Transfer the website to another host (must meet Luis Buenaventura)
  • Contract out the redesign of the website and the development of a Flash portfolio viewer
    (might be able to do the Flash portfolio viewer myself if I can find a good photoblog script)

Improving the workflow would include:

  • File and folder naming conventions to support quick indexing and retrieval
  • How to index images
  • How to retrieve images for comps
  • How to retrieve images for use

This will be fun. Hectic, but fun.

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