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  • Your Bad Career/Business Investments.

    Anyone care to share their worst career/business investments in either time, money or both? I try not to invest too much time learning tech skills that might become obsolete, but I guess some of the lessons crossover to other technologies. Most of my bad career/business investments have been software purchases that are still in shrink rap years later.

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    No takers? Am I the only one who makes mistakes; or am I the only one willing to admit them?

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      Retrospectively, I could now say Flash and actionScript since I haven't used/looked at either in almost 2 years, but they made me a lot of money when they were more relevant. Same goes for Quark except it's been a jolly good 4+ years since I purged it from my system, although I would call that a waste because the hate I developed for quark has made me somewhat more tolerant of Adobe.

      Outside of that, the biggest waste of money was probably the Mighty Mouse...
      Last edited by kemingMatters; 09-30-2013, 04:31 PM.
      Design is not decoration.

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      • kemingMatters
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        That should have said wouldn't...

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      There are certainly lots of tools that while relevant at the time, are no longer used today - but I can't say they were a waste necessarily.
      Sketching not only helps you work out good ideas, it helps you get past the bad ones.

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        I guess they aren't a waste if the earnings from the investment paid for the investment cost and then some.

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          Sure, things like Quark for example. Made its money during its time and then some. I do wish I had forgone those annoying plastic bins I thought would be good for storage. Good thing I only bought 2.
          Sketching not only helps you work out good ideas, it helps you get past the bad ones.

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          • designzombie
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            It's been 10 years since the last version of Quark I've purchased, and I never used it on a paying job.

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          I estimate I've probably spent 4 to 5K on unused software over the years. But my biggest waste of money was going to a specialized art college that didn't offer general ed at the time, when I could have gone to a university for less money and gotten the same recognition or more.

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          • #8
            The local Chamber of Commerce. Worthless, I got no clients or business from it, all I got was junk mail from other businesses peddling their wares. (And why are there so many financial advisors in those things?) It hurts me to this day to think that I could of had $300 worth of tacos instead.

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            • designzombie
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              lol

            • PrintDriver
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              You should be doing what those financial advisers are doing.

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            Probably a processor upgrade I paid for a few years back to turn my Mac Digital Audio from a 533 mhz plodder to a 1 ghz speed demon. It killed the old hard drive, I got a new one, but then the system wouldn't install. Being on a deadline, I had to buy a new used Quicksilver. Then I found out that while the DA liked the new RAM I had put in it a year before, it wouldn't install a system from scratch unless it had only the factory installed RAM. I just sold the processor upgrade on eBay for about one tenth what I paid for it.
            No cell phone, no Facebook, no iAnything. Am I missing something?

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