Name: Yvette Kuhns aka "Corvette" aka "Yvette Barrette" aka Mark's mom
Birthday: September 9, 1968
Computer(s): two custom built desktops with AMD processors, Acer laptop (from college), and a few Pentiums for experimentation
Favorite Design Tool: I use Notepad to create web pages and scripts and Adobe Photoshop to create or edit images most of the time.
What first brought you to PowWeb?
I don't remember. I think I did a search on Google to compare web hosts and chose PowWeb.
How long have you been a cusomter?
My website has been hosted here since 2001, but I didn't post on the forum until September 2003.
How much time, on average, do you say you spend at the PowWeb Forums per day?
Depends how much time I have.
What's your favorite aspect of the PowWeb forums?
I like to help people and forums allow many people to share ideas which can be read by more people who are interested in the same subject.
Do you visit any other forums?
Yes. I have visited forums for programming, computer techs, digital photography, car enthusiasts and more. But I spend most of my forum time at PowWeb.
When did you first begin doing web design?
I got my first computer (a Commodore Vic 20) when I was around 15 years old. I programmed in BASIC and DOS for fun at home and in high school. I went to college for computer programming, but didn't finish because I was in an auto accident.
I worked in a pharmacy, then co-owned Carpe Diem Productions videography and post-production with my sister. I met Don at a car show and still have the video of him driving his Mustang to a car cruise only a few miles from home.
Don and I married, I had a miscarriage, we added onto the house, I got pregnant and CVS took over Revco pharmacy. CVS took away medical benefits to start, then things got worse. So, I watched other kids while home with Mark.
One woman had three school age children and another woman had a preschool girl and two school age boys. So I had 5 boys and 2 girls including Mark and two were learning potty training! I only got $5 an hour from each woman, so $10 an hour for a half dozen kids who ate my food just wasn't working.
This prompted me to go back to college. I went to Allentown Business School at night after Don came home from work. Mark was still doing potty training during the day and probably slept for Don while I was at school. I got all A's, but getting used to Windows was strange at first.
You seem pretty fluent with perl and especially FormMail. When did you learn it?
I learned Perl by downloading and installing FormMail, then other Perl programs. One person made a shopping cart that did not calculate tax, shipping or other things correctly. I completed his shopping cart and he tried to sell it for alot of money, but he got in trouble. Someone reported him for selling "free" scripts so he no longer offers this program. I still distribute it for free! But I would like to update it.
What is your dream job?
Hmm. I love home improvements, restoring cars and web design. But if I could pick one, I would pick interior design! Unfortunately, I cannot travel with a son in kindergarten.
Outside of web design and computers, what are your other hobbies?
My hobbies include fixing cars (I sold my 72 Nova, but I am currently working on a 68 Caddy), fixing my home, going to Home Depot, auto salvage yards and yard sales, playing with Legos with my son, taking photos of landscapes, animals and family, and turning the sound down on the TV to make up my own dialog!
I enjoy watching Junkyard Wars, Monster Garage, Monster House, Designer Guys, and Cold Case Files. There are other shows on the Discovery Channel, the History Channel or others that are educational. But I don't watch much TV.
If there was one thing you could do tomorrow with no reprocutions, what would it be?
Only one? Gee, I would like to throw a pie in Bill Gates' face, but even more, I would like to do that to George Bush! Hmmm. I could graffiti the new school. Ask me when I am in a bad mood.
What would be your one piece of advice for web design beginners?
Search Google or whatever search engine you like and download free scripts to learn new languages. Do not be afraid to learn new things.
You say in your profile that you have a twin. What's that like?
I am two minutes older than Yvonne. A teacher in 8th grade noticed that I always fixed my hair nice and wore barrettes. So, she dubbed me Yvette Barrette. (In college, I was nicknamed Corvette.) We pulled pranks on people alot. In 6th grade, she wore a shirt that said, "I'm Yvette" and I wore a shirt that said, "I'm Yvonne" and no one knew we switched places.
When I dated Don, he would call before a cruise and ask what I was going to wear. We would both arrive wearing black pants and a red shirt so we would match. That way people knew that Don was mine and not Yvonne's! We now have matching Garfield t-shirts, Star Wars t-shirts and car shirts. It makes my sister crazy!
I am usually working on clients' websites, helping my son with his homework, training interns or doing household chores. Many PowWeb customers have emailed me for additional help and I try to help everyone I can. I have many skills but I post more often in Perl or Web Critique where I am needed most.
I would like to thank JJ, Tom, Alphadesk and all the others who helped me or was kind to me. And I still love JJ and I didn't dump him for Skunkboy! We just had to fix code from 10 PM to 5:30 AM on a Saturday night! We really did!