Member Spotlight #8
Name: Kevin Mahoney
Location: Belleville, Illinois (NOT near Chicago -- 15 miles from St. Louis, MO)
Computer(s): I'm not really a hardware geek. If it works and does what I need it to I keep going with it. So don't laugh:
Dell Latitude notebook, PIII, 8OOMhz, 40gig hard drive, CD burner, WinXP.
1995-era Toshiba notebook with a screamin' 486dx 75Mhz processor, 500 MB hard drive, Win95. It actually still works and I test things on it every now and then.
I own a couple of other domain names to which, some year, I may actually attach a site.
What first brought you to PowWeb?
The Boy Scout troop I am the Scoutmaster of started a website in 1997. I got "volunteered" to be in charge. After several years we outgrew our whopping 1 megabyte of allotted space on a local ISP's server. (If you think it's hard to stay within Powweb's limits try fitting an 80 page site with photographs, graphics, etc. into 1 meg.) We didn't like the ads and/or popups on the Geocities/Tripod-type hosting services, so we decided to get a domain name and paid hosting. Since I was now the "webmaster" (everybody say "Oooh" and act like you're impressed) I got volunteered again. I did a bit of research, and stumbled across a post by someone on the forum at nonags.com saying how happy they were with Powweb. "What's a Powweb?" I said to myself. Well, I found out that Powweb was a hosting company offering 100Mb (I believe) of space, plus a lot other goodies that I had never played with, for a very affordable price. I recommended that we (the troop) sign up and the rest, as they say, is history.
How long have you been a customer?
Since late August 2002.
How much time, on average, do you spend at the PowWeb Forums per day?
Too much! Probably an hour in the morning and another hour or so in the evening. Sometimes it'll be a couple of days between visits. Depends on my "real" job. During and right after the holidays can be somewhat slow in remodeling so I've been hanging around a bit more recently.
When did you create your first web site?
The site mentioned above was the first, so 1997.
What advice would you give a first time web designer?
However you create your site, be it WYSIWYG HTML, CMS, blog, text editor, whatever, get at least a working knowledge of what runs your site. Not that you could write everything from scratch, but at least when something goes wrong -- and it will -- you'll know where to look.
What are your other hobbies?
Hobbies probably isn't the right word. Maybe "pursuits"?
Most are outdoor oriented: camping, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking (touring kayak, not white-water), snow skiing, rock climbing to name several. I recently picked up target shooting (rifle and shotgun) again after about 12 years off; recreational, not competitive except to gig someone for missing. And yes, I have all the toys to go along with these so you can see where a good chunk of disposable income gets ... disposed. God forbid I should ever take up golf.
How do you see the web changing in the next five years?
Hmm. Crystal ball time. Don't anybody bet on this and blame me! I read an article in my local paper about the Las Vegas consumer electronics show and there is a big push toward integrating the web and networking into all sorts of products other than the traditional (can you even use that word in this context?) box-on-a-desk. So I think you'll see much more emphasis on web "content" that's accessible through a wide variety of "appliances" rather than just through web sites. "Content" may mean audio, television shows, full length movies, etc., all of it on demand of the consumer rather than on the producer's/provider's strict schedule. "Appliances" could mean anything from a telephone to a DVD player to a toaster -- OK, maybe not a toaster. But many home appliances will be part of future home networks and accessible remotely through the web. "Honey, do you remember the password for the coffee maker?"
Favorite books, television shows or movies?
I have pretty eclectic tastes in books. I like the earlier Tom Clancy books, Dan Brown (DaVince Code, Deception Point), and a couple other authors of that ilk. I've always enjoyed history and read 1776 by David McCullough last summer -- great book. A couple of months ago a friend loaned a Louis Lamour western to me and I found myself, somewhat surprisingly, completely engrossed. Go figure.
Recently, the television show I can't miss has been "Lost" although I am also a big fan of The Simpsons.
In movies I lean toward comedies. I suppose if I could only see 2 movies the rest of my life I would choose Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Caddyshack. Highbrow stuff, right? But I never get tired of seeing either one.
What advice would you give a new PowWeb customer?
It's been said before, but ... wait for it ... can you stand the suspense? ... Join this forum. Or at least lurk a lot. I am still amazed by the phenomenal amount of knowledge here; knowledge some people pay big bucks for, but available here for free. And you get to hang around cool people like me. *cough* *hack* Well, OK, maybe not me. But there are a lot of great folks here, mostly much smarter and definitely way cooler than me, who generously give of their time, knowledge, and expertise by offering advice, solving problems, answering questions, leading newbies by the hand through their first web page, writing scripts, fixing computer problems, and much, much more.
What is your favorite quote or saying?
Does my sig count?
Editor's Note: Without a doubt.