Offtopic: Too many view points in the note and referenced posts. I’m not particularly rabid in general on gender in tech of what color my toys were, although I do get bent at specific times when I know I’m being discriminated against. Once I had a colleague I’d never met in person, but worked with via email and phone (hard core engineering) quite frequently. I suspect that relationship suffered much less than the stereotype because I could seem more like a guy.
One good point in all the related posts was to expose all children to tech early on and to connect the dots between what they see on the computer with what’s behind the screen. There are tons of programs for kids of all ages - I love the Lego Mindstorm. And tons of apps online for kids to make movies, graphics, etc. Part of our job is to provide continuity from that fun to formal education so kids can see where they could end up. And that there IS a college degree for making all those cool online movies.]]>
Makes for a good argument to have a cheap secondary computer nearby to use for a debug station. I have at least 4 computers in the house and 2 in the office so if one craps out, I can research with a backup one.
Nowadays the debug/research station job can be taken over by a netbook or capable smartphone.
Offtopic: Saw this recently, and was wondering your take on the topic: http://www.facebook.com/notes/felicia-day/women-in-tech/435105009635]]>