Who are we?
ComfyPage is a product from Affinity Software. We're a company made up of two brothers in Perth, Western Australia. Our office is a cell in an old prison. Strictly speaking it's only big enough for one but we squeeze in.
In the past, websites have been difficult to create, difficult to maintain and too costly. We wanted an easy way to operate our own websites. Our colleagues wanted a website they could control and they didn't want to pay by the hour to do it. We answered their call. ComfyPage was designed to put website owners back in control. Create and update your website for a low cost. That's what we want for ourselves and for the world. We use ComfyPage for our websites so we know it works.
Why the name ComfyPage?
After a three day search for a product name (with an available domain) we came up with ComfyPage. It described what we're achieving; a comfortable website experience. None of the hassle and technical gobbledegook. It's a website the way it should be.
I first thought ComfyPage was a good idea when I thought "wouldn't it be great to have a website that let you instantly edit any part you wanted." My first vision was a normal looking website with little edit buttons everywhere. You click edit, make your changes and save. The changes are instantly published. At this stage, ComfyPage has stayed true to that idea. ComfyPage websites look like normal websites but plenty of power lies behind the Site manager and Edit page links at the bottom of each page.
I'm a graduate engineer and computer scientist. I spent a number of years teaching absolute beginners how to use computers. So I have the technical skills and an understanding of normal computer users. That understanding boils down to "you can't be sure of how users will act. The only thing you can be sure of is they won't do what you expect." The lesson I learnt is that people don't think like me :).
When I'm not ComfyPaging I write a comic strip called Laugh It Off. The laughitoff.info website is of course a ComfyPage. I look back now to how I managed the website before ComfyPage and it makes me cringe. Some say that laughitoff.info is a boring website. It's true there is no nice graphic design but that's the type of person I am. It's beautiful because it does the job it's meant to do. No more and no less.
I enjoy watching and performing stand-up comedy. Bill Hicks is my favourite comedian. I say he's my main inspiration not my main influence. He inspires me to do things the way I want to but he isn't an influence because I don't want to do it the same way he did. I recommend you check out your local comedy night. Local comedy (and particularly amateur comedy) isn't always funny but it is always worth watching.
Since getting my computer science degree Ive worked in areas as varied as satellite imaging, mining/oil and gas and finance. Along the way Ive completed a third of a masters (if they want people to stick around they shouldnt put all the interesting stuff at the beginning).
When not busy with Affinity Im usually attempting to keep fit while avoiding getting any kind of tan. One day Id like to have visited every country on earth. For more about me you can read my blog.