GirlGeek of the Week
Back in 1989, I was in the US Air Force. I was
writing proprietary military code for computers in the base hospital.
I thought to myself, this is really cool. For the first time in
my life, I felt in control! Later, I moved on to a chemical leasing
plant as a clerk. On day one my boss rolled in a typewriter. I said,
"Where's the computer? The military is backwards, but even they
have computers." He looked annoyed and replied, "We don't have one."
I did all
my work on the typewriter. After the first week, I wanted to toss
the typewriter out the window! I hated it because I knew there was
a better way. I was determined to find a proactive solution and
not become a slave to this antiquated equipment. Off hours, armed
with a Tandy PC, I taught myself everything about computers--what's
inside, what makes them tick, why it functions the way it does,
everything. I devoured every computer manual I could get my hands
became my favorite. For the next three months, I studied databases
and created a relational database (an advanced type of database)
at home, that our company could use to replace the repetitive tasks
I was doing with the typewriter. When the database was ready, I
brought my computer to work and gave my boss a demonstration of
what this could do for us. Needless to say, he was amazed!
spot, he authorized the purchase of a PC. By the end of the day,
I had a 386 33/MHZ with a 120 MB hard drive and Windows 3.1 sitting
on my desk. I was moving up ...
next six months, I tweaked and improved that database, taught a
user training program for the other employees and set up four computers
on a local area network. And less than a year later I was promoted
to upper management-the first woman in the company to scale these
heights. And that was just the beginning ...
did you first discover your love and/or obsession with computers
my husband and I made our first "serious" investment to purchase
a $2500 Tandy personal computer. It had a 20 MB hard drive, 640
KB RAM, ran on DeskMate 3.0 (Radio Shack's attempt at a graphical
user interface during pre-Windows era.). That investment helped
me realize my future in computing.
do you earn a living?
am a Technical Support Manager and Marketing Director for a local
ISP in Virginia Beach.
My workday is very hectic. I'm filling two major management positions
as Tech Support Manager and Marketing Director. Thankfully I've
been in the ISP game long enough to know my way around.
Do you consider yourself a Geek?
no doubt about it. If you missed it above, databases are my favorite!
is your favorite Website?
I'm the #1 supporter of my own Website hercomputer.com
Other favorites are: zdtv.com,
do you do when you are not working?
the Internet to research marketing and web design ideas. I run and
weight train. I also like to spend time with my nieces.