- Jan 6, 2004
Morganna submitted a new Article:
Read more about this article here...Anyone who uses vB or IPB as their forum software of choice will know the name smackLAN. He's been a part of the skinning side of forums for as long as I personally can remember and he's also one of the most approachable people I've ever had the pleasure to be in contact with.
He is the owner of Transverse Styles - one of the premier vB/IPB style sites.
So, would you tell us a little about the man behind the username, smackLAN?
Let's see, I'm 47 (for now), married to the only girl in the world who would have me (and took chocolate as a bribe), father to two amazing young ladies that are growing up entirely too quickly and some say I'm a closet geek but that's not true, I just play one on TV.
Where did you get the name smackLAN from?
Quite the story actually and I really don't know why Hollywood hasn't made a movie about it yet...dolts! Back during my online gaming days I needed a moniker and while I was experimenting with different ones I was also in the process on running a hardwired network in my house (before the days of wireless). I encountered a particularly stubborn wall and after losing my temper proceeded to show it who was boss...hence smack LAN was born (que the golf clap!).
How did you get into designing?
I've always been artistically inclined beginning with my days drawing elaborate murals on the walls of my home with crayons. Combining it with my geekness and love of wasting time seemed to be the logical next step
What is it like owning a site that only deals with styles?
Interesting at times. I never started out planning to have this become a business but when I realized there were people out there stupid enough to actually pay me for my work, I just had to oblige
Your focus is now with IPB styles. How do you find styling and coding for IPB?
I really like it...much more so than any other system I've ever coded for (IPB 3 that is). There are some quirks I haven't quite gotten over yet, but all in all I think it's the easiest system to code for and also has the greatest flexibility for creativity in design too.
Where does the future of vb4.0 lie for you with regards to your business? Can you see it becoming better for stylers?
Sadly it has devastated me...seriously. I cannot spend the time necessary to try and code for it in it's current state and still make a profit...I don't see how any...