/ About me

Having spent the first half of my life in Edmonton, Alberta, I transplanted myself to small-town Ontario where I live with my awesome sixteen-year-old son, two spoiled dogs and an overbearing cat.

I write, edit, design websites, and code in PHP, Javascript, Python, Ruby on Rails, and Java for a living. It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it.

  • Name : Wendy Woudstra
  • Location : Orangeville, ON
  • Email : pubcentral@gmail.com
  • Phone : (519) 278.4991

/ Skills

  • Photoshop
  • Indesign
  • Illustrator
  • MS Word
  • MS Excel

/ Programming skills

  • Php/Mysql 
  • Javascript  
  • JQuery  
  • Ruby on Rails  
  • Wordpress  

/ My Writing Has Been Published In:

  • Colgate.com
  • Buyerzone.com
  • The Toronto Star
  • The Edmonton Journal
  • JacketFlap.com
  • BCBM Magazine
  • PublishingCentral.net
  • About.com
  • PublishersArchive.com
  • Freelance Writers Needed.

 

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/ Portfolio

WEB DESIGN
Looking for a custom WordPress theme, a responsive site for your company, or a mobile theme to match your existing website? Send me an email. I can work within your budget.

WRITING
Specializing in writing for SEO, I have written for clients on topics as diverse as HVAC, lightning detection, oral health and forklift purchasing. If you are looking for well-researched articles on any topic, drop me an email with your requirements and I’ll get back to you with a quote within 24 hours.

  • PublishingCentral / In Web Development

  • Print Ad / In Graphics

  • TireSave.ca / In Web Development

  • EMR Article / In Writing

  • Dalerose Homes / In Web Development

  • Social Media Article / In Writing

  • Child Teething / In Writing

  • Ondrack Cartons / In Web Development

  • NU2U / In Web Development

  • Telemarketing Article / In Writing

/ My Blog

5 jQuery Plugins for Manipulating Table Data

When you need to display your data in a table it always eases the pain a little bit if you can pretty up the style and make the columns and rows more functional at the same time. These JQuery plugins do exactly that.

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CSVtoTable

If you've ever been given a nasty looking CSV file to turn into an easily readable table, you know what a pain it can be... even if you automate much of the process. This jQuery plugin takes all that pain away.

Data Tables

This plugin does everything -- filtering, sorting, pagination, editing, column manipulation -- with client side or server side processing. The beautiful thing is, if you just want some simple filtering and sorting, it is really, really easy to set up, and the result is gorgeous with almost no effort.

Tabledit

I started playing with this when I was developing an admin area for a directory site. This can give a plain old HTML table superpowers, or at least spreadsheet-like abilities.

Wholly

Wholly doesn't filter, sort or page. What it does do, and do well, is highlight table rows and columns in response to mouse movements. If you've got complex tables your visitors need to sift through, this makes them beautiful and far more functional than simply shading every even or odd row.

Table2Excel

Back in the day, if I wanted an 'export to Excel' function on my tables, I'd have to code it. With this plugin, I can better spend that time doing important stuff like watching cat videos.

Forwarding Important Email to Your Phone As A Text Message Using Gmail

I learned something new yesterday. I was waiting for an important email to arrive, but also had a great deal of other work to do.

Generally, what happens if I am waiting for email, is that I open and check Gmail every ten minutes or so. Most of the time there's something interesting there to see or read, and before I know it, I've blown away a good hunk of work time.

So, as I waited for this email, I thought, "Wouldn't it be great if I could ignore my email and just have that particular message sent to my phone as a text message?"

It turns out that I could do just that.

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The first thing you need to do to accomplish this is to find out your phone's email address. Yes, it has one. Generally, it's your ten digit phone number @ your carrier domain, but the fastest and most foolproof way to find out the address is to start a new text message on your phone, and put your email address where the recipient phone number or contact name usually goes. This will send an email from your phone, and it will reveal your phone's email address when you receive it.

Once you've got the correct email address, you can set that address up as a forwarding email in Google. Click the Gear icon on the top right hand side of Gmail, choose Settings, then pick the Forwarding and POP/IMAP.

Right at the top of that screen is the place to choose a forwarding address. You might get squeamish at this point, thinking you're forwarding all your mail to your phone, which would be a mess, but as long as the "Disable Forwarding" checkbox is ticked, you're safe. Add your phone's email address and confirm.

Once it's added (and forwarding is still disabled!) use the link at the bottom of the forwarding tools to create a filter. Choose to filter either by sender email, or by a word in the subject line, or both to make sure you only get the important email sent to your phone, then click, "Create Filter With This Search."

The next screen will let you choose what to do with matching messages. Choose the "Forward to" checkbox, and choose your SMS email from the drop down select box beside it.

Click the submit button to create the filter, and you're done! You can stop checking your mail constantly, because you'll be instantly alerted on your phone when the urgent message appears.

Finding People Online

I never thought that being a people finder would be something I would do. It never even crossed my mind. Then an elderly friend of mine asked me to find his old high-school sweetheart -- no, he didn't want to rekindle his lost love, he actually just wanted to know if she still had his high school ring, since he'd like to give it to his son.

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It took a few hours of research to narrow it down to one individual, but not only did I find her current address and phone number, I also was able to see pictures of her home courtesy of Google Street View, as well as interior photos from the realtor from back in 2005 when she and her husband bought it. I knew the price they paid for it, and the post-crash value (ouch!). Searching social media I found pictures of her, her family, her cars... it's actually kind of scary how much data is out there about a 74 year old woman who doesn't have a single social media account. She possibly doesn't even use the Internet, yet her life is all over it.

A few weeks later came another request to find a client's half-brother. This was a bit of a challenge, as the brother's name was quite a common one, but since we knew his approximate age and that he had lived in Virginia at one time, I was able to use those items as filters to find all the information needed to facilitate a family reunion.

After stumbling upon those two jobs, I decided to try find my oldest childhood friend. The trick was that I only sort of knew his last name. I knew how it was pronounced, but not how it was spelled. It took longer than I thought it would, but eventually I found myself creeping his Facebook profile. It took a day before I decided to send a friend request. It's just weird friending someone you haven't seen in over three decades.

To get to a point, if there is one, while I may or may not continue with this line of work, I can see that as the population ages, there will be an increasing demand for people who can ferret out information on family, friends and acquaintances from the past who hold memories for the elderly.

I have a friend who makes a pretty good second income for her family by doing something similar, except for long lost ancestors. She mostly scours old databases of obituaries, town archives and newspapers to help people fill out their family trees.

People-finding seems to me to be a great work-at-home job for anyone with a passion for research. All you need to get started is a computer with internet access and a telephone, and a bit of advertising to get your first clients.

/ Contact

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