GirlGeek of the Week
Renee's first foray into geekdom happened when she was 6 years old.
Her grandmother gave her a Texas Instruments "Speak and Spell,"
those colorful plastic predecessors to Palm Pilots. She progressed
quickly to another TI machine, one that read cartridges and used
a television as a monitor. Limited by its assortment of spelling
games, it wasn't long before Renee began spending all her free time
at the "powerful" Apple IIs at school.
'grew up' in the technology age. Most of us aren't afraid of computers
which is a big plus when it comes to learning more," says Renee.
of today's college students Renee savored the bandwidth afforded
a university computing network. At times communicating with peers
strictly through email, she became an "internet junkie." And in
spending hours in the university's computing labs, Renee discovered
not only a treasured pastime but a very versatile means of doing
did you first discover your love and/or obsession with computers
knew that computers were useful for more than education. But after
college I had no work experience, which is what "good employers"
want. So, I worked as a receptionist for a company that serviced
computers and networks for small and medium businesses in Texas.
after I was hired, this company merged with an e-commerce business.
I began working with the web development team doing data entry.
Soon, they realized my dedication and asked if I'd take "correspondence"
classes from ZDU to learn HTML. And just six months after being
hired as a receptionist I became a web developer.
development team from that company and I recently started our own
company. Which is where I'm at today. It's been a whirlwind, but
I've learned and enjoyed every step of the way.
do you earn a living?
I'm an e-commerce programmer for a recently formed
company. I'm part of our web development team for customized sites.
I personally prefer using ASP, VBScript, MS Access, and HTML. But
as a team we support any language.
Do you consider yourself a Geek?
funny you ask this question. I recently had a similar discussion
with a client about him being a "dork", because he can tech a computer
and me being a "nerd" because I know how to program. So we decided
that dorks hire nerds for their Web sites and nerds hire dorks to
fix their 'puters. So, if a nerd's a Geek, then yes, I guess I am
a Geek. I'll take it as a compliment either way!
is your favorite Web site?
It's hard to choose one favorite. Of course,
I'm most proud and like to show off the ones I designed. From what
I designed that I like the most are Shop
Altex and Geocities.
For fun, I can't live without these:
Dixie Chicks, Yahoo
Games and Hampsterdance.
do you do when you are not working?
lot, go to church, and spend lots of time with my hubby and friends.
Since I telecommute to a virtual office it's hard not having any
human "contact" all day, and very hard not getting out of the house
all day. So I like to put myself around others before I really start
thinking my cat can actually talk!