Sunday, 28 August 2011

Designers: Just say "NO" to Spec Work!!

The following was posted via Google+ with a request to share far and wide. - Logo Competition - $15 Cash for Best Logo

We are looking for an official Logo for http;// . The logo will appear where the light blue text saying "" is, currently on our site.

To participate, simply create a logo image that would look nice on the site, and does not use any official Google trademarks. Our staff will choose the best logo sometime tomorrow and award the winner $15 paypal.

After creating the logo please just share the image with me!

- Please share this post with anyone you know that may be interested. In addition to the small cash prize, we will also feature the logo creator in a post on out blog introducing the logo.

I'm sharing with a caveat: Please SAY NO TO SPEC WORK and low-grade exploitative design contests! 

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Saturday, 27 August 2011

CarerWatch Forum and the risk of potentially 'libellous' hyperlinks

French IT firm Atos has finally shed some light on the "libellous" post which prompted them to strong-arm the CarerWatch Forum host into de-activating the service.

"The posting which we consider to be defamatory against Atos Healthcare and our employees is dated March 23rd, 8:51 pm."

Yes, this uproar is off the back of a post from five months ago.

Monday, 22 August 2011

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand." 
— Randy Pausch (The Last Lecture)

It goes without saying that we in the British disabled community are well aware of the flaws inherent in the application process and health exams for Employment Support Allowance (ESA), the ESA Work Capability Assessment (WCSA) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA). There have been numerous stories of the Harrington Review as well as media profiles of ordinary people living with disabilities and how they cope (or don't). Only recently, it seems, has there been significant mention of Atos Origin, the private French IT firm contracted by the previous government  to facilitate the health exams, the impact of this on people with disabilities and concerns about some of the doctors carrying out the assessements