Firstly, don't take advice that impacts your ability to feed your kids from random guys on the Internet.
Having said that, sell yourself as a niche provider, and act surprised when asked to do generic stuff.
The simplest niche to start with is "lives in the same town as me". not London or NY that does not count - think town of 100k.
Now choose three business needs (sales funnel management, tickets on smartphones, GPS tracking of goods or RFID in a warehouse.). They must be clear things. Things you could plan your architecture for just from hearing the sentence.
Write a blog post on each of them and how they can be solved or improved by software - and software is what you have experience in writing (even if not in this niche.)
PS you are probably thinking this is dodgy now - well spend a day or two making a ticket scanning app on an iPhone. Make sure the essence is there. You will even be able to write another new knowledgable article about how the focal point of smartphone cameras makes ticket scanning difficult / easy / costly whatever
Now find your local business meetups - chambers of commerce, networking meetings. Go to them, and at each of them say "I am looking for businesses that are looking for software developed to solve their problems in sales funnels / tickets on smartphones. Some networking meetups actually expect this of everyone at the meet, some you have to do this on every handshake.
(Pro tip: set up a mailchimp list called "software in middle of nowhere-vile". At the met up say "hey can I get your mail address onto my list ... ". Just push an article onto the list every so often - try monthly.
The key here is to inject a specific need into the existing network of businesses. They will take this around with them and somewhere in the next six weeks will meet someone who is trying to sell tickets and ... They will remember you. Mostly they will have forgotten your contact details but Google for your blog / search your email list will solve that.
It's painful. And it works a lot lot better if you are also calling the likely businesses yourself, contacting their CTOs. (Ps as an ex CTO I always took cold calls, but I always asked "what are you selling". The good ones could tell me.)
But sell a particular niche, and be prepared for the "I know this is not what you usually do but what if ..." That way you are really selling your "generic I can do coding me" but in not a lame and totally forgettable way.
So, have a niche, have an online presence, and sell the niche so that eventually you will be asked to step outside the niche.
Also find local government - hard to get into, pay is regular though.
I moved to from Gmail to Fastmail last April, but this April, I moved back to Gmail. I have an email address (on my own domain) that I've used since the late 90's. It's all over the Internet in newsgroup archives, forums, etc. from before anyone was hiding emails from spam scrapers. Consequently I get several hundred spam per day. The FM spam filtering is no where near as good as G filtering. I had to manually flag as spam a couple dozen mails every day as well and go through the spam filter and pick out the false positives. I have no problems with G's spam filtering. The other problem with FM is administering multiple accounts on my domain. While it true it's only something I need to do once, as has been mentioned already, the settings/administration leaves much to be desired. Overall, using Gmail is just more pleasant to me, enough so that it outweighs the concerns (read: Google being creepy) that caused me to leave last April.
Did you train the spam filter with the minimum number of e-mails that is required to activate your personal bayes classifier?
Once your personal database has seen more than 200 spam and 200 non-spam emails, we automatically start using it to classify your incoming mail. Because it's been trained by the exact type of messages you receive, it is normally significantly more accurate at classifying spam than our general database. However, it can only do so once it's been properly trained, which is why we have to wait until it has seen 200 of each type of message before it is activated.
[Directed to those with more legal knowledge] Does an event like this occur because Pennsylvania is a 2-party consent (for recording) state? Would something like this not occur in a 1-party consent state? If so, what are the ramifications for devices like Google Glass? Had the student recorded the bullying on his Glass, I assume he would still be guilty of wiretapping?
Yes, Pennsylvania requires the consent of all parties to recording a conversation:
"Recording laws vary from state to state, but Pennsylvania is one of just 12 states that require the consent of all parties involved. In the remaining states, consent is not mandatory as long as the person recording is present during the conversation."
When Google Glass is used for recording conversations, it's presumably subject to the same laws.
Hardly matters, that was just a threat the principle made, the victim was convicted of "disorderly conduct", which normally translates into "contempt of cop" but I guess in this case was contempt of the authorities.