HP HDX 18t Premium Series Laptop

It’s been about four and a half years since I purchased a new computer. My current system is an HP Pavilion desktop which I have actually been quite happy with. Over the course of the four plus years I’ve owned it, I have not had a single problem. The only issues I’ve had are performance-related and can be attributed to the fact that the computer is maxed out at 1.5 GBs of RAM. So, I can understand the issues as I am typically running multiple resource-draining programs such as Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and other web design software…not to mention iTunes to make sure I am entertained while I work.

Now that I am starting to take on more freelance work, I decided it was time to upgrade my computer. For my next system, I had several requirements. First of all, I wanted to make the move to a laptop. With freelancing and graduate school, I need to be able to take my computer with me. However, even though I decided I needed a laptop, I didn’t want to skimp on performance at all. Quite the opposite actually. I am planning to do more and more graphic and web site design work with this machine and will also do some minor video editing. Another requirement was that I needed a laptop with at least a 17 inch screen size. As mentioned above, I’ll be doing lots of design work and will need the extra screen real estate.

Just Launched My New WordPress Theme

I have had a web site for several years. The main purpose of my original web site was to promote my freelance work. A few months ago, I decided to retire my original site for a few reasons such as branding, business scope, and because I have chosen to take on a few new web projects. So, I decided I would create a new web site that would serve as my personal web presence.

Ad Agency Gifts Each Member of Its Staff a Guitar

How cool is this? This past holiday season, ad agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky gifted each of its 900+ staffers a guitar! Yeah, that’s right, each of CP+B’s staff members received their very own guitar! Not only that, but CP+B also created a microsite that is dedicated to teaching its staff and the public how to play the guitar.

Creating a New WordPress Theme

Fortunately, I have been inspired to push myself a bit harder with regards to blogging. Hence, I have switched from my old site, Rhyno Design, to this new personal site. The unfortunate thing is that my first priority is to create my own customized theme for Wordpress and that takes time. So, I will not be posting too much here until I have my plan in place and a new theme designed (yes, I have a few designs mocked up…but I need to choose the final design and get it coded up). So, there’s more to come. Please stay tuned and stop back!

A Great Resource for Freelancers of All Shapes and Sizes

Late in 2007, I came across the website FreelanceSwitch.com. I was looking for resources and more information about freelance website and graphic design. There are numerous resources on the Internet, however, I was really drawn to FreelanceSwitch.com. I think what got me at first was the website’s design. I’m a sucker for good design. If a website is not designed well, I will not stick around. However, after visiting the site a few times, I realized that the writers were providing quality content in addition to the nice user interface design.

Welcome to My Notebook

I’ve been sporadically blogging for a few years from my old website, RhynoDesign.com. For several years, RhynoDesign.com has been my personal web presence. It has served as my portfolio site, a testing ground, a place for learning, as well as a place to market myself as a freenlance web site and graphic designer. Well a few months ago, I came to the conclusion that Rhyno Design, while catchy (…to some…maybe…), was not quite the brand name for me or my future business aspirations. So, I made the decision to focus my efforts on a few new projects instead.