GirlGeek of the Week
I have been interested in technology ever since
my first job as a cashier at a grocery store in 1977. Our cash registers
would calculate the number of items per minute we would ring up-this
was way before scanners. I used to race with the cashier next to
me to see who was the fastest on the keypad. I clocked 132 items
per minute once!
I progressed to an IBM programmable workstation where I would enter
in receiving reports from our vendors and transmit the data to our
headquarters. When I got my first computer, a Zenith Z-100 in 1984,
I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. I was working in a budget
office at that time with people who were used to doing everything
in the "stubby pencil" method so I took it as my personal mission
to automate the office. I was hard pressed to find something that
I couldn't put on the computer. It was then that I knew I'd found
my place in life.
I worked my way into a system administrator job for Wang Minicomputer.
After a huge learning curve from the world of personal computers
and five years of 2:00 a.m. phone calls I moved into my current
position of program manager dealing with network infrastructure
and architecture. I have the best job on Patrick Air Force Base
because I have the opportunity to learn about all the latest technology
and am involved in determining the future direction of the network
for Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
did you first discover your love and/or obsession with computers
got my first personal computer in 1984. I was a secretary in the
budget office and once I learned the capabilities of the system
I was writing spreadsheet macros and programming in dBase II as
well as my word processing duties. The first time I hooked up a
modem and transmitted data at 1200 baud I knew life would never
be the same.
Do you consider yourself a Geek?
proud of it! I even have my own pocket protector. The best thing
about being a GirlGeek is there is never a line in the ladies room
at a computer conference. There aren't enough of us yet!
is your favorite Website?
Daily Miscellany. It is a wonderful way to start the
do you do when you are not working?
thing is spending time with my husband and 10 year old daughter
(who I hope is showing geek tendencies). Left to my own devices,
I love to read.