Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New: BarCode Reader SDK 8.10.1269 and BarCode Reader Freeware 8.10.1269

ByteScout updated software for reading barcodes: ByteScout BarCode Reader SDK 8.10.1269  and BarCode Reader Freeware 8.10.1269 on October 16, 2014.

BarCode Reader SDK screenshot
ByteScout BarCode Reader SDK screenshot

What's new ByteScout BarCode Reader SDK 8.10.1269:

  • read barcodes in .net
  • read barcodes in asp.net from images, tiff and pdf
  • support for PZN barcodes added
  • support for Circular barcodes added
  • WPF samples added showing reading barcodes from live camera
  • reading barcodes from web cam samples modified for use in your projects as one time popup dialog
  • minor samples updates
  • API documentation updates

What's new BarCode Reader Freeware 8.10.1269:

  • support for PZN barcodes added
  • support for Circular barcodes added
  • minor improvements
More info about BarCode Reader Freeware 8.10.1269 is here.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

How to start working as a freelancer at odesk.com

In previous articles we explained the steps that are required to start your freelance career at elance.com and freelance.com. In this article, we are going to explain how you can start working at odesk.com that is another top freelancing website. Steps are almost similar with difference in website’s display and sections. Follow these steps.
  1. Create your account

At the top right corner of the page you will find a signup button as shown in figure 1. Click on that.
Figure 1
You will be taken to a new page where you have two options. “I need a freelancer” and “I need a job” as shown in figure 2. Click on signup button under “I need a job” option.
Figure 2

On the next page you will be asked to fill your particulars as shown in figure 3. Enter your data and click on the get started button at the end of the text fields.
Figure 3

  1. Complete Your Profile
Since you will be new to odesk, the only way to impress your clients will be through your profile. You don’t have any feedbacks and ratings. Therefore, a good and complete profile will have a positive impact on the client. He will be looking at your profile in the absence of feedbacks and ratings.
  • Login to your account and click on profile menu option under the main menu bar at the top as shown in the figure 4
Figure 4
You will be taken to a new page where you will have lots of profile options Try to complete each and every section of your profile. A complete profile shows that you are serious in doing some work. Pay particular attention to Portfolio Projects, Skills, Education, Employment History, Certifications and other experience section.

  1. How to bid?
In order to find jobs, there are two options as shown in figure 5. You can click on the menu item on the left of the menu bar and a drop down list on the right which have two options i.e. find freelancers and find job. You can search the job either way.
Figure 5
After you click on one of these two options, you will be taken to a new page where you can search the job by entering keyword into text field or you can search the job via categories on the left as shown in figure 6.
Figure 6

Bidding tips are almost similar for all the websites. Bid less in the beginning, bid only on those projects which you think you will be able to handle and try to complete the job in the agreed time period. An important thing at odesk is that you can only bid on two jobs in the beginning, therefore, bid wisely and in order to increase your bids, take exams and verify your identity.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

How to start working as a freelancer at freelancer.com

We have explained how to start your freelancing career at Elance. In this article we are going to explain the same concept for Freelancer.com, which ranks among top three freelance websites along with Elance and Odesk. Following are the basic steps.

  1. Create your account
Creating account at freelancer is a one step process and easier than elance and odesk. Go to www.freelancer.com. There you have two options to sign up with freelancer.com. You can either click the signup button on the top right or click the work button on the center of the page as shown in figure 1.
Figure 1
After you click the sign up button, you will be taken to a new page where you have to enter your account details such as user name and password. After entering your details, click on the create account button at the end as shown in figure 2 and you are done with registration process. A good thing about freelancer.com is that you can also sign up with freelancer using your Facebook account and the page has that option as well.

Figure 2
  1. Complete Your Profile
As discussed in the previous articles of this series, a new freelancer has to build a very strong profile which should also be totally complete in all respects. In the absence of job history, this is your spearhead in job hunting.
Login into your account on freelancer.com and click on the profile tab in the menu bar as shown in the figure 3
Figure 3
It will take you to your profile page where you can complete all the section of your profile as shown in figure 4. Like elance and odesk, important profile sections at freelancer.com are portfolio, skills and resume. Also try to take as much exams as possible if you want to rapidly improve your level. On the right side of the profile page you can see your profile completeness percentage tab.

Figure 4

  1. How to bid?
Bidding process at freelancer.com is extremely simple. Click on the browse project tab on the menu. A drop down list will appear where you can browse projects according to your choice as shown in figure 5.
Figure 5
For example if you choose, browse categories. You will be taken a new page where you can see hundreds of project categories from which you can select your area of expertise and bid on the project. This is shown in figure 6.
Figure 6
Bidding techniques for beginners on freelancer.com are similar to elance.com and odesk.com. You should meet deadlines, bid smaller amount, use user bids judiciously because freelancer only have 8 bids for free members. We wish you best of luck with your freelancing career at freelancer.com.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

How to start working as a freelancer at elance.com

Most of us have a desire to become a successful freelancer. Many of us have enough skills to become a good freelancer but most people don’t know where to start. In our previous articles we have discussed some of the top freelancing websites. In this article we are going to explain, how you can start working as a freelancer at elance. Follow these steps.
  1. Create your account

  • At the bottom right corner, there is an option to create an account. Check, “I want to work” radio button and click Continue button as shown in figure 1.
Figure 1
  • You will be taken to a new page, where you have to enter your particulars. Enter your data; accept the terms and conditions and click the register button at the end as shown in figure 2 and you are done with registration.
Figure 2
  1. Complete Your Profile

As a new freelancer, you will not have any feedback and ratings at the start. In order to attract your clients, you only have your profile. Therefore, try to spend some work in order to complete and improve your profile. Follow these steps to improve and complete your profile.
  • Login to your account and click on your user name at the top right corner of the page. A dropdown list will appear as shown in figure 3. Click on profile among the drop down list items which is the second item in the list.
Figure 3
  • On the left side of the page, you will find a list of options as shown on figure 4. Click on all the options one by one and complete your profile. Among all the profile options, overview, portfolio, skills and resume section are the most important. Complete these sections comprehensively and efficiently. You profile completeness status is shown on the right side of the page as shown in figure 5.
                          Figure 4 Figure 5

  1. How to bid?

  • In order to bid on a job, click “Find Work” button on menu bar. A drop down list will appear. Click on “Search Jobs” drop down list item as shown in figure 6.
Figure 6
You will be taken to a new page where job categories are displayed on the right side. As shown in figure 7. Choose your category of jobs. Remember, with free account, you can only bid in one category that you specified when you signed with elance. In order to bid in more than one category you will have to upgrade your membership.
Figure 7
Following are some bidding tips for absolute beginners at elance.

  • Bid only on projects that you can do.
  • Bid low in the beginning.
  • Communicate consistently with your client.
  • Meat deadlines in any case.

These are basic steps that are required in order to start your freelance career at elance. Follow these steps and register with one of the top freelance websites. Start earning now!

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Elance vs Odesk vs Freelancer

Elance, Odesk and Freelancer are recognized by freelancers as the top freelancing websites and by employers as the top outsourcing websites. Although, basic purpose of all of these website is to outsource work to the freelancer but there are many differences among these sites. In order to select or prioritize your choice for freelancing you need to know what are the pros and cons of these websites. Comparison of these websites will help readers to identify what sort of freelancing services they would like to use.  In this article we have presented a comparison of these top 3 freelance websites.



2 Million (Approx)
3.2 Million (Approx)
7 Million (Approx)
3 Million
3.6 Million
4.4 Millions
740 Million (Approx)
920 Million (Approx)
150 Million (Approx)
Payment guaranteed both for hourly as well as fixed price jobs using escrow
Payment guaranteed only for hourly jobs
Payment not guaranteed.
Elance provides extensive tools such as private workrooms, messages and file uploading system. Tracker for hourly work and so on
Tools are limited. Work diary is used to track the work.
Limited Communication tools.
Number of Bids with free membership.
40 Bids/ Month
2 At the beginning.
Increased up to 25 after passing skill tests and ID Verification.
8 Bids/Month


Different people have varied preferences, therefore it cannot be concluded which site is the best for freelancing, however, in my personal view, Elance seems most suitable with payment protection, communication tools and maximum number of bids with free account.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Postgre SQL History and Advantages

Postgre SQL or simply called Postgres is a type of object-relational database server with open source user license. Postgres database server has evolved through more than 15 years of development and maintenance and is considered one of the most reliable databases with extensive focus on data reliability and correctness. Postgres supports all the modern features of any database system and can be installed and run on variety of platforms including Linux, Windows, and all the versions of UNIX. Postgres also has integration support for various programming languages Python, Perl, .NET Languages, C++, Java, TCL, ruby and other similar platforms.
Michael Stonebraker, a professor at the University of California at Berkley is credited with being the inventor of Postgre SQL or Postgres. Postgres is a successor of Ingres which was another database system developed between 1977 to 1985. Stonebraker decided to build a more advanced version of Ingres which is more robust and has improved performance. It took Stonebraker and his colleagues at UCB, eight years (1986-1994) to completely develop the Postgres database system.
Andrew Yu and Jolly Chen, two Ph.D. students at the UCB lab working under Stonebraker further improved the database server by replacing the POSTQUEL query language with more popular and widely used SQL. This improved version was named as Postgres95. In the year 1996, Postgres95 entered the software industry for the first time and become one of the most robust and widely used open source database servers.
There are several reasons why you should use Postgres for your database development purposes. Some of them have been highlighted below.
  • Open Source
The first major benefit of using Postgres is that it is open source and you can customize it according to your requirements whenever you want. This customization capability is immensely useful in large scale application development.
  • Large Developer Community
Postgres has been in the market for more than 15 years and its developer community has immensely grown in this time. Large developer community means good support and help in solving database related problems.
  • Cost Effective
Postgres is extremely cost effective and not much user training is required to learn how to use and program for this database. Also, maintenance and tuning requirements of Postgres database are negligible as compared to other database systems.
  • Portable
Good thing about Postgres is that it is portable with almost all the major platforms and programming languages. This database is ideal for applications targeting multiple platforms.
  • Developers Tool and GUI
Postgres database server does not require extensive command line configurations. Several tools and GUI interfaces have been developed which can aid you in easy installation and management of the database server.
  • Reliability and Stability
Postgres is worldwide recognized as being the most reliable and stable database. The chances of database crashing are minimal and even if database crashes there are ways and features which allow you to restore and recover the data.

Overall, Postgres is highly recommended database particularly for those organizations that prefer to use freeware and open source software. It is robust, fast and highly stable database.