I went to
a high school that had great funding for its Computer Science department
and almost everyone in the class had their own Apple IIEs to themselves.
Computer Science was definitely my favorite (and best) subject. I
wrote some great text based adventure games with the beloved Turbo
During high school, my family bought a Tandy computer so that my
sister and I could type up reports, letters, etc. The first game
we ever bought for the computer was Kings Quest 1. I remember how
enthralled I was with the AWESOME graphics! (We've come a long way
since those little block people and buildings haven't we?) I played
nearly every Sierra game that was released after KQ1. Roberta Williams
became my idol! Not only did her company create this magnificent
empire of games that totally captured my imagination, the most important
thing that influenced me was that she was a woman!
Ultimately, games are what got me hooked on computers when I was
little. A friend got a Commodore 64 and we spent days playing Frogger
and trying to "cook with it and clean with it, and educate the team
with it," like the commercial said it would. (Never did manage to
get it to do any of those...)
I spent nearly all my evenings and weekends on the computer till
5 a.m. playing with graphics, games, writing programs and just exploring.
Being on a computer that much, one definitely picks up things, AND,
other people find out that one has "picked up things" and that ONE
unknowingly, but graciously, becomes a computer support person to
their friends and family. With computers and art being my best subjects
in high school, I went on to a four year career as a desktop publisher
during which I had the opportunity to use the latest Macintosh &
When did you first discover your love
and/or obsession with computers and technology?
One morning, back in 1982, my 4th grade teacher announced, "Class,
I have a special surprise for you." The school janitor rolled a
big portable desk with a big TV-like thing on it to the back of
our classroom. After plugging it in the teacher asked all of us
to gather around and she showed us how to use the big TV-like thing.
"This is a computer," she said, "everyone say, 'COM-PU-TER". It
was a big ol' (but of course at that time, NEW) Apple computer with
the most wonderful, green, monochrome monitor.
Every class in the school got the computer once a week for either
a morning or an afternoon and if you had finished all your assignments,
you could go on the computer and play a couple of math or spelling
games. Amazingly, *wink wink*, I was usually the first person to
finish my assignments, therefore, the first to use the computer!
I fell in love with it right away. Once, I got really brave and
hit "X" to exit the games menu (we were told NEVER hit X) and explored
my options at the DOS prompt. I didn't get very far but I knew I
wanted to learn everything I could to see what else this big TV-like
thing with a little apple on it could do
How do you earn a living?
To support my obsession with computers, hockey and Xena: Warrior
Princess (oh yeah, and for food and a roof over my head) I am presently
an office manager and the "unofficial" computer technical support
for a contracting office in Saskatchewan, Canada.
Do you consider yourself a Geek?
Definitely! "Tara" is actually "Geek" encrypted.
What is your favorite Website?
Besides girlgeeks.com (which I worship!), my faves are: screamingxenas.com
(LaLa's Xena: Warrior Princess Episode Reviews) (Heya Netgyrl!),
(the Australian Xena Information Page) and SLAM!
which keeps me up-to-date on what's happening in the new, professional
Women's National Hockey League (HOORAYYY!) here in Canada...
What do you do when you are not working?
I spend a lot of time on the computer surfing, writing and creating.
My friends will tell you that I don't work and actually watch Xena
24 hours a day, but that's simply not true. Yes, I am the biggest
Xena fan in the universe, but besides Xena and computers, my other
obsession is hockey. I've been a goaltender for 13 years and play
in the local Senior Women's hockey league. I am also an Assistant
Coach for both an Atom Girls Team (age 9/10) and a Midget B Girls
Team (age 15/17). I'm a pretty busy person, but I ALWAYS make time
at the end of the day to spend with my beloved GirlGeeks!