Bud Manz [manzwebdesigns]
What is your specialty in the interactive world?
Building websites and web applications.
Where can we see some of your work online?
What kind of projects do you usually undertake?
Mostly Joomla websites.
What was your first job in the field?
What is your professional background? What did you do before?
10 years in IT programming. I worked in a community college as a programmer until October 2010.
With which technologies do you normally work?
Lessons learnt on user interface design
Remember the first rule of interface design, "Don't make me think when I come here!" It is crucial to have good placement of call to actions!
Do you work by yourself, or in a team? how is that team?
Mostly by myself, but, on a few larger scale projects, I have enlisted the aid of others to get things done quicker/better!
What is the secret to keeping customer expectations under control in interactive development?
Preparing the customer for the project BEFORE they hire you. I do this by referring them to an article on my blog that helps them organize their project by gathering all the pertinent information needed to get their job done.
What was your first computer, and which is your current?
My first computer was an old Atari that took at least 10 minutes to get into a "word processor" that is less than the equivalent of Microsoft's WordPad.
Currently, I am working from a Dell Vostro 230 running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU E7500 @ 2.93GHz × 2)
Online virality: isn't it the same as traditional word-of-mouth?
Do you think the digital gap is a social problem? What would you do to accelerate digital literacy?
Definitely. I try to educate those I can about the proper use and dangers of using the internet and other digital means of communication.
What were you doing in March 2000, at the height of the "dotcom bubble"?
Working in my cousin's factory as a laborer... I started taking computer programming in June 2000.
In the current interactive world, what is the most relevant trend?
What do you see interesting about the Web 2.0 phenomenon?
Slicker, sleeker web applications made possible by technologies such as, jQuery, HTML5, CSS3, etc.
What would you do to terminate Internet spam once and for all?
I use http://www.cloudflare.com as a DNS gateway for my and all of my clients that I host for.
Will bandwidth one day cease to be a limitation?
Yes, just a matter of time.
Your tips to make money online
Be honest and, when you get a client, treat them like royalty!