Big Geek Daddy
OpenDNS: Tell us about yourself. What do you do for a living?
JF: I’m a former Marine with a BA in History and a MBA and I’m currently in sales for a Fortune 100 company. I’ve been married for over 10 years to my beautiful wife and have a son as well as a daughter who was born just 4 weeks ago. I got into computers about 6 years ago when my Geek friend Mike convinced me to build my own PC. I’ve been hooked ever since and am a completely self-taught Geek as I’ve never taken a single course on anything to do with computers. I just turned 40 so when I went to school PCs were still a rarity. I’m not an expert on anything related to computers, just a friendly neighborhood Geek as many of my neighbors and friends now come to me with their computer problems and questions. I enjoy building computers more than fixing them and like to spend time playing PC Games with my son and by myself when I get the chance.
OpenDNS: How did you come up with the name for your Web site?
JF: Pretty silly really. Last Christmas I had a couple weeks of unused vacation that I was taking and a few days into it I was looking at some websites and just wondered how hard it would be to create my own for fun. My friends and I joke that I’m a Computer Geek and that’s how I let people know I enjoy computers as a hobby, by referring to myself as a Geek. (For the record, I’m a Geek, not a Nerd.) So once I found a site to host my website I started searching for any domain names that had to do with Geek that were available. As you would expect, many are already taken. I wanted the name to be funny and easy for people to remember so I settled on Big Geek Daddy cause I’m 6’3″ 210lbs, a Computer Geek, and a Daddy. My goal with the website is simply to create a place where other people can find useful resources about computing, many of which are free, and have fun doing it at the same time. If I make any money off of it in the process then that’s just an added bonus.
OpenDNS: What changes to you Internet experience have you noticed since switching to OpenDNS?
JF: The biggest change I’ve noticed is how much faster web pages open with less errors – it is definitely noticeable.
OpenDNS: Who would you recommend OpenDNS to?
JF: Everyone. The excellent directions with pictures you have on your website on how to correctly set up OpenDNS really make installing it pretty easy. My exact router wasn’t listed so I just picked the router from the same manufacturer that was closest and the directions worked fine. OpenDNS is an easy way to add another level of security to your PC plus get a faster internet connection and best of all it’s FREE!
OpenDNS: How many hours do you spend per day looking for videos to add to your archive?
JF: Not as many as you’d think. On average I spend less than 20 minutes per day looking at funny videos on the web. Of course that adds up to about 2 hours a week which would be excessive for many people. My tradeoff is that I tend to watch less than two hours of TV shows each week. Many of the videos are actually sent to me by friends as well so I don’t have to search for them. It takes me about 30 minutes each week to update the humor section of Big Geek Daddy. I do spend an additional 1-3 hours a day on the internet working with my website or blog, online store, checking email, and just viewing other people’s websites.