GirlGeek of the Week
I became interested in computers while I
was in high school in the 1970's. I did not pursue a career in computers
at that time because I decided to get married. I always kept an
interest in computers though. In 1985, I bought my first computer
(TRS-80 model 4). I really thought I had something there. I taught
myself some basic programming and spreadsheets. In 1992 I decided
to go back to school after 18 years and began studying computers
and operating systems. Before I knew it, the little 286 that I had
wasn't enough. I couldn't afford a new computer, so I bought the
parts, piece by piece and proceeded to build my own. I thought it
was the greatest thing to be able to put the pieces together and
make them work.
While I was in my last year at Dyersburg State
Community College, I needed to do 120 FREE hours of work in the
area of my degree. I went to work for a small local computer store.
The first job I did was move a computer from a mini tower case to
a desktop case. After that I just continued working for the same
little store. Eventually I began making the service calls to the
customers with problems. I was so comfortable in the DOS and Windows
environment that my boss thought I was a natural. I don't think
that I am a natural, I just know how to find what I am looking for
and what seems to be logical when a problem arises.
When did you first discover your love and/or
obsession with computers and technology?
I suppose I first discovered my love or obsession
for computers while sitting (sleeping) through a business class
in college. I realized that I really hated business and that I loved
my programming and computer classes. When something was wrong on
my machine at home or one of the machines at work, I HAD to figure
it out. I just could not walk away unless I knew why it didn't work
like it was supposed to.
How do you earn a living?
I am currently the service manager for Electronic
Communication Systems, LLC and ECSIS.NET in Dyersburg, TN.
Do you consider yourself a Geek?
I don't consider myself a geek. Some do because
they might ask a question and I just pop off some answer and most
times it is correct. I do not know how I do this, I just think that
I heard it somewhere and it falls out of my mouth when the time
is right. I use very simple terms when I talk to people so that
they understand what I am telling them.
What is your favorite Website?
I don't really have a favorite, but there are
a couple that I check every day,
What do you do when you are not working?
When I am not working, I am a partner in a small
web design company, where I do a lot of web pages for clients. I
also love genealogy, I have a 26,000 name database online that I
maintain along with the rest of my Website. I also love to camp,
play bingo, and watch movies (about computers and the future). I
have 3 children and 1 grandchild that I love to spend time with
when I am not working. I want to thank my daughter for nominating
me for this honor.