Member Spotlight #11
Name: Ryan Toohil
Location: Endurance, Burlington
Computer(s): 3GHz P4 512MB RAM at work, 3GHz P4 1GB RAM at home, old 800MHz laptop currently serving solely as an iTunes receiver for my stereo (soon to have a MacBook Pro, I hope)
How long have you been with Endurance?
Just over a year at this point.
How much time, on average, do you spend at the PowWeb Forums per day?
At work? On a really busy day, I probably check in once or twice for a few minutes in the general and outages forum. Maybe an hour or so on a less busy day. I probably then spend another hour or so (in general) when I'm at home, purely because I have no life.
Are you a web designer or programmer? If yes, When did you create your first web site?
More of a programmer, less of a designer. Did my first site in 1996, taking advantage of my free 2.5MB of webspace on Virginia Tech's servers.
What advice would you give a first time web hosting client?
Know what your goals and needs are.
It's simply a matter of figuring out what your needs are now, and what you hope they'll be in the future, and finding a host who can grow with you.
- If you want to build a simple HTML site for your family, just pick the host you feel most comfortable with and fits in your budget.
- If you want to build the next Digg.com, realize you're going to need dedicated Linux hosting.
- If you're hosting for your company, figure out what's most important. Do you need Exchange for mail? That influences your decision. Is your website mission critical to your business? Maybe you need dedicated or VPS hosting. Do your developers work in .NET?
- Do you need hosting? Would MSN Spaces or Wordpress.com be enough for what you hope to do?
How do you see the web changing in the next five years?
The sheer volume of simple, easy to use apps like Wordpress et. al are rapidly lowering the barriers to entry into getting on the web and being able to create something meaningful (or, in many cases, meaningless). Because of this rapidly increasing volume, aggregator/social news/attention sites are going to grow in importance and usefulness. RSS will probably continue to grow in value and usage, but in a much more behind the scenes format (think MyYahoo! or Google IG).
What are your other hobbies?
I play softball and basketball and try to get out and go running whenever possible. Otherwise, I'm pretty much a consumer of media. I've got Netflix, a TiVo, a Comcast HD DVR, a bunch of video game systems, a couple of books going at all times, and an iPod that goes with me at all times. Sadly, I spend a ton of time on the web, even though I do it all day at work - a bunch of time reading tech sites and a couple of message boards dedicated to the Red Sox or Celtics.
Favorite books, television shows or movies?
Right now, I'm big into TV. I'm proclaiming it the most misunderstood of all medias. Huge fan of the Joss Whedon shows (Buffy, Angel, Firefly) and shows that fit that mold of serialized drama - Veronica Mars, Lost, The Wire, Deadwood, and the new show Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Then there's the comedies: Scrubs, The Office, the late Arrested Development, The Simpsons, and the returning Futurama.
What is your favorite quote or saying?
I honestly don't think I have one. I can find a way to relate almost any situation back to some quote from The Simpsons.