For starters, my real name is Daniel Salinas. I have been a computer geek since the age of the TRS-80. I am old enough to have seen and used an acoustic coupler. I also remember when advanced data storage was when you hooked up the cassette tape drive to your computer and hit record. I have owned 2 Amigas, an Atari 800XL, countless 286-686 PCs and laptops and several Mac PowerBooks. Currently I am working off of a Dell laptop (company provided), and I couldn’t hate it more. I like to think of myself as “In Between Macs”.
Why the tagline “Don’t listen to me, I’m a mean person”?
I am certainly not a tweener, you either really like me or you really hate me. I work hard to get along with others but when a person does something, say… less than intelligent, I won’t pull any punches. Anyone who has taken the time to really get to know me, knows that I am the best friend you could ever have. The rough exterior is really all a facade to protect my warm chewy center. With that out of the way, I had at one time told a co-worker to take a long walk off a short sidewalk into the path of a big bus, or something to that effect. And when I went back to the conversation he had so rudely interrupted, thus earning his “long walk” admonishment, he told the person I was speaking to “Don’t listen to him, he is a mean person!”. Both of us bust out laughing because this was as creative as he could get with a “come back”. But the line stuck with me. Rest assured, I am the kind of person you want on your side. I don’t sugar coat and I shoot straight.
What the eff is “SplitBit”?
This is a really great story but I don’t want to bore you with details so here is the paraphrased version.
In 1998 my friend, Adam Mcarthy, and I decided that we were sick of our daily hum drum of work at West Telemarketing (Me) and the local head shop, Planet K (Adam). We spent countless nights dreaming up the ultimate business that would make us happier and richer beyond belief. By the end of the year we had a business plan for SplitBit Design and Hosting. The domain splitbit.com wasn’t available at that time and the tool who owned it wanted 500k for it. Remember that this is still during the time when people called it “That internet” and used “The email”. The function of the business should be pretty clear from the name. After months of VC hunting, we both became disheartened and went on to bigger and better things. Oddly enough the “bigger and better things” turned out to be Rackspace Managed Hosting, but just Rackspace.com at the time. While Rackspace has never and most likely will never be a web development shop, their philosophies on customer care aka Fanatical Support ™ were key line items in the Splitbit business plan. Fastforward to 2004, I am sitting at my desk at “the rack” reminiscing about the past with Adam when I get the stupid idea to see if splitbit.com is available yet. Clearly it was and now I keep it for my own personal use.
more to come…