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Jan 16, 2000, 17:07 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jessica Sheffield)

"Ms. Rouillier showed me that computers were more than just glorified Nintendos or typewriters. In her 'Introduction to Computer Science' class, I got my first glimpse of a larger world: computers could process data, provide a wealth of knowledge about a variety of subjects, and help to create beautiful art. Why, they could practically do my homework for me! But her class, while brilliantly helpful, was only a first step into the world of computing. The next one, in some ways, was so much more important."

"I'd never set foot in the students' computer lab after my initial tour of the school. "Boring," I thought. "A bunch of geeks sitting around typing." I had absolutely no idea that one day I would count myself among their number. To me, the idea of sitting in front of a computer for hours on end was about as repellent as good bug spray. Little did I know that it would become my livelihood."

"My friend Glen, who was the student systems administrator that year, remarked to me one day, "You need an email account, don't you?"

"I shrugged. "Sure."

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