- behind the screen with independent designers, developers and others -
Daniel J. Cody
Daniel J. Cody serves the web. 24/7.
He is one of the creators of Evolt.org. He runs the site from a box made of parts that most people have consigned to the dumpster. Without him, and others like him, designers, developers and others would have harddrives full of files and no place to go.
What did you do before the Web?
I spent a lot of time on Usenet, IRC, and using Gopher. I've always been fascinated with the idea of communication over computers since I was a young boy with a Hayes 300bps modem and an Apple ][gs. Most of that time was spent searching for ways to connect with other people. Although it's easy in 2001 to think nothing of communicating with a person on the other side of the world, the prospect of that communication before it became so commonplace completely intrigued me and drove me to search out others who were interested in the excitement of that communication.
How did you find the web?
I imagine I found the WWW like a lot of other people my age - in a campus computer lab. To this day, the sight of a Macintosh PowerPC brings back a bit of early Internet nostalgia while that familiar startup tone still gives me a sense of excitement.
Why are you here?
I think what drew me to the Web (and Internet in general) was, again, the possibility for communication between people you'd otherwise never get to know. This is a *fundamental* principle of the Internet, and sadly, one that is constantly challenged by companies who wish to make the Web nothing more than a collection of 'safe', pre-approved properties which are under their control. Unfortunately users themselves never fully realize, much less actually see, the full potential the Web (and Internet in general) has to offer within such a sterile environment.
I'm here to share, learn, and explore. The projects I've pursued have reflected those desires, and frankly, I don't know where else to go :)
Methods of production
What do you use to create your sites?
While I'm more the person 'behind the scenes' of a website, when I dare to express my creative side with a website, it's typically with tools like pico, Bluefish (an excellent HTML editor for Linux), and the GIMP.
About the Web
What do you see as the greatest strengths of the web?
Opening the channels of publishing to people that could never before make their voices heard, having a broader range of opinions than you could with traditional media outlets is something I see as a huge strength the Web enables. Personal publishing - which has been on the rise in the past 2 years with the popularity of web logs - is huge. The 'power to the people' mantra that the Internet and Web were both conceived in really rings true with personal and open publishing.
Another strength I see is the willingness of people to share and learn from each other such diverse ways. Although most of the hype around the Web in the past 8 years has been around dotcoms, IPO's, and VC - I think that historians will acknowledge increased communication and openness among people as the real 'revolutions' the Internet brought about in the long run.
What do you see as the greatest Dangers?
Corporate greed and an uninformed government standing in the way of the inherent openness of the Internet in the form of copyrights, control, and legislation.
What would you say to folks who want to work the web?
Get involved with people who are doing similar stuff. Online communities like evolt.org and alistapart.com are great places to start. Soak knowledge up like a sponge, but don't forget to share it too ;)
Daniel J. Cody
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