Member Spotlight #6
Robert (Bob) (symo) Symington
As my avatar says, Portland, OR; Chandler, AZ; Colorado Springs, CO and Albuquerque, NM. I work for a heavy industrial General Contractor in Portland, OR. My home is in Hillsboro, OR, where the lovely Mrs. Symo (Lynn) and my 17 year old daughter Whitney live. If you follow semiconductor manufacturing and given the locations, it shouldn't be too hard to figure out whose fabrication facilities I've been helping to build for the last 21 years as Site Manager of Materials and Contracts (technically, I am not allowed to say the company name... go figure). In the last 5 years, I've lived in 7 different apartments (even though spending 10/01 through 11/02 on a development fab, at home in Hillsboro). So it's also easy to see why my avatar sports that fine white straight jacket. But the doctors and nurses here at the home are very nice and sometimes even take us on field trips
It's tough being away from home (family), but luckily Lynn works for the same school district that Whitney is a student in, so they get the same time off and can come to me for extended stays, as opposed to me flying home for a weekend. I just (as of the 1st of October) returned to Chandler, AZ, so Lynn and Whitney will be spending Christmas in Arizona (not a bad place in the "dead" of winter... 65-70 degrees). Now that's the kind of weather I like for making snow angels Also, my 17 year old would probably just as soon Dad wasn't "hanging" around the house when her "boy friend" stops by anyway and Lynn tells me that the direct deposit of my pay check helps soften the blow of my absence
Hmm. let's go this way... three Compaq desktops, one HP desktop, and two HP laptops... and a partridge in a pear tree. It's not that I'm stuck on HP/Compaq, but hey... Costco has the best prices and that's what they sell. All using various flavors of Windows, but I've been planning an installation of Linux on one of the desktops, just to play with for educational purposes. I've also been toying with building one of my own from scratch. Just need to find the time and more importantly, the courage.
Well, my main website is strictly a family website, so I usually don't give the address out, as it would be of little to no interest to anyone outside the family. I have a second account www.bobsymington.com, which currently has the default Under Construction index.htm file that PowWeb gives you. With that site, I have been experimenting with various php packages (galleries, message boards, mail systems, etc.). Someday, I'm really going to put up a "real" site (other than my family site), but for now it is solely for fun, hobby, learning and amusement.
What first brought you to PowWeb?
Let's see. Actually, I believe it was a spam (sorry... agreed to advertisement mailing) from eFax. I had one of their free fax accounts and as such, part of the agreement was that they could send me advertisements. I'm OK with that by the way. I was getting a service I wanted and viewed the ads as my "payment" for those services. Well anyway, one day I got an advertisement that included Go To My PC, PowWeb, and some others (as my memory serves). Well, I already had a free web site that I had been playing with and decided that I wanted a "real" web site, and here was this company offering me 100 megs of storage with 12 gigs of bandwidth per month and 50, yes, that's right, 50 email accounts for only $7.77 per month (paid annually). See http://web.archive.org/web/200110171...ww.powweb.com/ if you don't believe what a deal I was getting! Well, how the heck could I turn that down. So basically it was just by chance that I came across PowWeb. Given the changes over the last 4 years, I certainly landed in the right place, at the right time, at the right host
How long have you been a customer?
I joined PowWeb in November 2001 and lurked on the Forums until joining the Forums in December of 2001.
What advice would you give a new PowWeb customer?
Patience. I was not born versed in contract law, I had to learn it, by doing it. I was also not born a web master, which is still the case. One cannot just buy hosting space and say they are versed in web mastery. I've seen postings in the forum like, "Well, I've bought my hosting account... now what do I do?". Case in point. I have a friend that bought an account, but then found out that you have to have at least a fleeting understanding of html, FTP, server concepts, .htaccess, etc. All of this just simply overwhelmed the guy. If you want your craft to be web design and/or hosting, you have to study your craft.
Second, ask questions in the forums. I would venture to say there is no other host on the planet with as many skilled, friendly and helpful people as reside in the PowWeb forums. Just be sure to give all the information that you think may be of help to those trying to solve your issue. That's what got me into the forums. My first install of Ikonboard did not go so well, but there was Radio Rob to the rescue. Or like the amount of time HalfaBee spent with me getting a Cron issue worked out.
Third, yes you may, or may not run into what seems to be an "unfixable" problem that just ticks you off. Remember, the forums are made up of the following:
The Users, the folks just like you and me, that pay the freight for their web space (whose forum identities are in RED). The Moderators, (the folks whose forum identities are in BLUE) are paying for their space and then are given the "opportunity" to moderate sections of the forum. They all do a bang up job and should be commended. The PowWeb staff (the folks whose forum identities are in GREEN). Many have come by way of being users, like Tbonekkt who is also the "owner" of this area of the forum. The forums however are not an "official" support vehicle. The Forums are not the place to bring billing questions, turn my site on questions, cancel my site questions, etc., as we are users... just like you and can't really help with the "nuts and bolts" of your account.
How much time, on average, do you spend at the PowWeb Forums per day?
I usually hit the forums at least one hour (during lunch) at my desk at work. I usually check them nightly and always on the weekends. My length of stay is determined by the responses I'm able to provide, the amount of threads that have been renewed or created during my absence, and just how much work I have to finish before tomorrow.
When did you create your first web site?
Umm... too many brain cells have given up the ghost to really remember back that far It was around the time the then popular editors were Homesite and FrontPage Express.