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GirlGeek of the Week
September 1999

Amy Lewis

Amy Lewis

Long long ago, when the world was young and green and wild poodles roamed the earth I came to California from an impoverished and tiny republic many leagues to the east called Michigan. Perhaps you have heard of it. Its principal exports are its people, its main industry is welfare, and its domestic product is grosser than most.

I had hoped to seek my fortune here, and immediately set to work with all my energies making my way in this New World. However, after several years it seemed clear to me that waitressing was not serving me as well as I was serving everyone else, and so on an impulse I purchased my first computer, an XT clone with no hard disk or modem, and earnestly began trying to figure it out.

Finding the way difficult I looked in the Yellow Pages for help, where I found The Computer Learning Center, and went to visit them. They were quite willing to help me learn how to use my XT clone, however they first wanted me to learn how to run an IBM 4381 mainframe system. I did so, and six months later I emerged with a 4.0 average, perfect attendance, and a completely rebuilt XT clone, whereupon I was hired on my first interview and lived happily ever after.

When did you first discover your love and/or obsession with computers and technology?

While rebuilding my first computer. I think the real magic came with my first download of free software using the 1200-baud Telemidas modem I had installed.

How do you earn a living?

I'm a sysadmin and manage the central business computing system for the University of San Francisco for 2,400 some users. It's a VMS cluster having 3 Alpha servers with 6 64-bit RISC processors, 1 GB of memory per node, and 120 GB of disk in three RAID arrays. We run OpenVMS 6.2-1h3. I've been there for 10 years now.

Do you consider yourself a Geek?

Well of course!

What is your favorite Website?

What do you do when you are not working?

I play with the network in my living room. I now have four machines so far on my 12 port AT&T hub. My Linux box is under construction still. My NT server is the firewall also, but the Linux box will takes its place when it's complete. I'm getting DSL next week (wooo woooooOOOO!!!!) and static IP, and I'm hoping to register my own domain shortly thereafter.


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