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GirlGeek of the Week
June 2000

Laura Altergott

Laura Altergott

Today, virtually all publications are produced in the digital domain, whether for the Web, print, or video. It's hard for some to recall a time when things were done otherwise. Laura Altergott witnessed her company's transition from an "on the board" advertising department to a robust Apple-Mac network. At least, they thought it would be robust.

The promise of digital production brought new headaches and to make matters worse, their network consulting firm left them high and dry. Laura, a designer and production artist, rose to the geeky occasion and took on the role of network administrator. And she loved doing that so much that she eventually left her other positions to pursue technology full time.

Eight and half years later, Laura designs impressive networks with myriad OS. And unlike the flighty consultants she encountered years ago, Laura is a solid geek, even developing and implementing electronic workflow systems for the graphic arts industry and beyond.

How do you earn a living?

I work for Lipson Alport Glass and Associates in Northbrook, IL, a Design and Identity Consulting Firm. We have several locations across the country. I am the IT Director for the Northbrook, IL office.

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

About 8 1/2 years ago, I first dove into troubleshooting hardware and software. I love technology it is so exciting, because it is always changing.

Do you consider yourself a geek?

Yes, but an Arty kind of geek. See there is no polyester here, I wear overalls. Hee hee

What is your favorite website?

GirlGeeks of course, but I am on Microsoft's everyday.

What do you do when you're not working?

I love spending time with my boyfriend, who is also my best friend and his kids. I am a bodybuilder, so I spend a lot of time working out.

 
 
 


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