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September 01, 2006

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I've never used RentACoder or Elance, but I know some folks who've done a boatload of work that way. One guy I know used them hire someone to write a 100+ page e-book (basically, an interview/brain dump of him that's been re-organized) and write the sales letter for the web site. He spent something like $1000 on an execellent, native-English speaker in India, launched the site and made more than $30k off it. The whole project took him two months' elapsed time. Now he's got a second edition of the e-book in the pipeline.

Another alternative would be to use a third-party messenger client like Trillian, which provides this functionality (along with far fewer - as in zero - advertisements and other features which some people find more suitable in instant messaging, like per-line timestamps, full logging, chat history when you re-open a chat with someone and so-on), or any of the other OSS messenger clients.

Try Messenger Plus. It's an MSN Messenger/Windows Live Messenger add-on that allows you to do all the cool customization things you used to be able to do in ICQ. Custom names, show contacts on desktop, custom user handling, basically anything you want, it does it. And it's in active development, so it always works nicely with the latest MSN build.

http://msgplus.net

Something like 43 things just the other way round or pledgedrive? :)

I thought it funny that out of the four comments above mine, one tells you that someone's done a site like that already and two people tell you of another way of doing your problem and don't charge you. Isn't putting comments on your blog a good way. Aaah - I've just thought of the catch, you have to get people to read your blog.

I have very funny experience with rentacodrer

I see some very interesting results that will be useful to share with internet users:

rentacoder team lie even from the beginning with their name rentacoder
the right name is rentapacher, because they are making only patches

rentacoder team lie that their site is safe place to do business
actually rentacoder is suitable only for making patches
rentacoder team will turn every bigger project into patch and this way will spoil it
so rentacoder is not suitable for any serious business

rentacoder team do not understand plain English if is more then several sentences, because they have experience only with patches(with short description)

rentacoder team do not understand quite simple technical questions because their mental abilities allow them to work on only patches

so with different words:
RENTACODER IS SUITABLE FOR MAKING ONLY SMALL PROJECTS(PATCHES for several hundreds)
RENTACODER TEAM WILL SPOIL ANY OTHER PROJECT WITH ENDLESS STUPIDITY. FOR SERIOUS PROJECTS RENTACODER TEAM PROVES THAT STUPIDITY CAN NOT BE BEATEN BUT CAN NOT BE HIDDEN

;-)

there are details at
http://groups.google.com/group/alt.computer.consultants/browse_frm/thread/2b7f5a18ff117f25/0d6086755d0edc87?hl=en&

Your post very interesting. However, I had a very bad experience with Rent a Coder which you can read here:

http://www.spamspotter.com/2006/09/12/doing-business-with-rac-rentacoder-be-careful/

While Rent a Coder works ok for the most part problems can arise when their staff encounters a complex problem.

hi
please feel free to ask if you have questions
for me is obvious that
RENTACODER SUX FOR ANY SERIOUS PROJECT.
RENTACODER IS SITE FOR PATCHES AND LIES

kamen123 is typical sucker. He was banned from RentACoder.
“kamen123” spoil perfect site in revenge.

You can read more about “kamen123” here: http://rentacoder.com/RentACoder/SoftwareBuyers/ShowBuyerInfo.asp?lngAuthorId=1606810 Quote: “(Arbitration/mediation result): RentACoder discovered evidence that suggested that Paris2 (the buyer)was not entirely truthful during the arbitration process. They were given an opportunity to disprove it, but instead refused to answer after being asked 3 times. Their account was closed for not following arbitrator instructions…per their contract.

Kamen123 simply had to agree to cooperate profesionally during the testing process to be paid. He insulted other parties numerous times and was warned to simply stop it or he would forfeit. In the same statement in which he agreed to stop, he gave 2 additional insults. His account was also closed for not following arbitrrator insturctions…per his contract.

All funds were returned to Paris2.”

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