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To Sir, with Love: How To Get More Women Involved in Open Source

Oct 01, 2007, 23:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Selena Deckelmann)

"I was an 18-year-old chemistry major working at Dunkin' Donuts when I got my first help desk job. Over a weekend, I went from deep-frying old fashioned donuts to fixing whatever computer a student brought in off the street. And I spent months in the computing center with guys who told stories. I learned about 14-year olds writing hotel management software for their parents, the insane phone bills for long-distance BBS connections, and all-nighters to unlock the secrets of some new feature on a motherboard. I met the guys who worked with PDP-11s in college and now were running NFS fileservers for corporations.

"I also knew the UNIX admins at the university who laughed out loud about writing a Towers of Hanoi program in a sendmail config. I knew the geeks who were loving the university's gigabit network--mainly for finding porn and cracked software. I went with the guys to DefCon and was horrified, but also fascinated, when they announced that someone had poured concrete in the toilets..."

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