GirlGeek of the Week
As a kid, Melissa used an XT (with a 20MB
hard card and EGA graphics) to surf the BBSs, At the time geeks
were playing bleeding-edge games on new 486 machines. Unfortunately,
Melissa's XT wasn't up to spec. Instead of shelling out the extra
dough for a faster processor, she learned to program in Pascal and
began writing her own games and applications. After high school
Melissa went to York University to study math. But she could not
ignore her geeky calling for long, later adding Computer Science
as a double major. She also worked as a sysadmin for York's Computer
Club, learning Linux and becoming a vociferous proponent of the
open source OS.
When did you first discover your love and/or
obsession with computers and technology?
I always liked electronics as a kid, and
have always had a general appreciation of logic and mathematics.
In high school, I became interested in programming when I realised
that it's like a big logic puzzle.
How do you earn a living?
Since graduation, I've worked full time
at the IBM Lab in Toronto, in the Database Technology function.
Do you consider yourself a Geek?
Absolutely. And I overcome the negative
stereotype by having many other interests as well.
What is your favorite Website?
and The Anarchist Archives at dwardmac
programmer, I don't care too much about that stuff), but for the
great information they offer.
What do you do when you are not working?
Long-distance running, reading, music,
socializing in Toronto's bisexual community, watching good movies.