GirlGeek of the Week
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
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
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.