Member Spotlight #10
Name: Keith (keithl)
Location: Endurance, Burlington
Computer(s): Mac first, PC-enabled
How long have you been with Endurance?
I started at Endurance in November of 2005 after leaving a well-known office supply company based in the Bay State (I would "staple" the name here, but I really shouldn't) where I was responsible for Site Operations (e-commerce for U.S. and International sites).
How much time, on average, do you spend at the PowWeb Forums per day?
I currently lurk about 2 hours a day, but that's going to seriously increase once we start the transition.
Are you a web designer or programmer? If yes, When did you create your first web site?
I have been a graphic designer since 1989, and a Web designer since 1994. My first site was for a Fortune 500 company called Paul Revere Insurance based in Massachusetts which was bought out by New York Life in 1998. One other embarrassing claim to fame: I designed and built the first-ever "FrontPage" Web site when FrontPage 1.0a was created by a company named Vermeer Technologies in Waltham, Massachusetts (about 7 months before it was sold to Mr. Gates + Co.). A partial list of sites for which I've designed throughout my career include Staples, DHL, UPS, Manugistics, Nickelodeon, MTV and HBO.
What advice would you give a first time web hosting client?
Read everything being offered to you and ask a lot of questions. If you're an individual looking to explore, have fun and always make a backup! If you're a business coming online for the first time then hold on to your hat and get comfy. It'll be a wonderful journey and one that can seriously help your pockets if you research and benchmark.
What advice would you give existing PowWeb clients weary of the upcoming changes?
I am personally very excited. We've had a great deal of experience in transitioning sites and services. Am I technically going to put anyone at ease? Nope. However, I know that if customers stay informed (via forums or e-mail), they'll know what and where and when and why from the people who have the technical knowledge to make this as easy a transition as possible.
How do you see the web changing in the next five years?
The competitive landscape of the Web will a) create a more issues than we've ever seen with the increase in international commerce and internet law, b) larger bandwidth will create an incredibly powerful socioeconomic challenge and could force newer technology to become less expensive and more readily available.
What are your other hobbies?
Oh, you know... long walks on the beach, sunsets... OK, OK, I play the drums and I sing. I USED to do both of these things professionally at a low level in really rank bars across the Northeast (I remember being paid $55 once).
Favorite books, television shows or movies?
I've been a huge fan of the collective works of both Kurt Vonnegut and Ken Follett. I don't watch too much TV other than baseball and Mythbusters (but I've been known to get into very deep discussions about the vocal talents of the American Idol contestants).
What is your favorite quote or saying?
Mr. Valentine has set the price!