GirlGeek of the Week
My family got our first computer when I was
8. I wasted many hours playing games, but after a while I decided
I had to learn more. I was soon devouring my father's books on BASIC,
and not long after I created several text-based games, I got my mother
to teach me how to use her treasured WordStar.
Computers have gotten faster, games have gotten
more lifelike, utilities have gotten more straightforward. I spend
more and more time teaching myself how to use all the software I
have access to.
As the years go by, I increasingly ask for programs
as gifts. For my 16th birthday it was CorelDRAW, for the following
Christmas it was PhotoShop, and for my last birthday it was a new
OS- RedHat Linux 6. The more I learn, the more I discover I know
so little of what I want to know, but I spend many hours reading
those big, fat, expensive computer books- another thing I frequently
with CGI and Perl, and I'm hoping to get certified in Web design
and start my own Web business.
When did you first
discover your love and/or obsession with computers and technology?
I was addicted to the old DOS games at an early
age. In 9th grade I decided I was going to explore that mystery
they called the Internet. I quickly taught myself HTML and became
How do you earn a
I'm a high school senior. I hope to become a
Do you consider
yourself a Geek?
I don't know that I'd give myself that honor,
but as geeks have been referring to me as one of their peers more
frequently, I'm proud to be one of them.
What is your favorite
the best comic strip ever made with the possible exceptions of Dilbert
What do you do when
you are not working?
It's rare that I have any free time due to the
homework I get in all my honors classes, but I'm glad to take those
classes. I cannot stand being bored- I want a challenge at all times.
I frequently work on my Web page, trailrider.virtualave.net.
I am guilty of spending more time on IRC, though, especially when
it means I get to talk to my friends.