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Woman Using Laptop‘Women in It’ is a subject near and dear to my heart as Information Technology is my chosen profession and I am most definitely a woman. One thing I have noticed that has been in the press recently is the totally unbalanced ratio of men and women in scientific and technical fields. Why is this? Don’t lambaste me with the old adage of how men are better than women at spatial concepts and mathematics. While there are, indeed, scientific and technical jobs that involve heavy use of mathematics, Information Technology isn’t really one of them one of them. Granted, people designing new hardware use mathematics and such, the vast majority of people in the field simply do not. So why aren’t there more women in IT?

The answer is probably staring us in the face. Think about it. Computer peeps are regarded as geeks, hackers and nerds. We have the reputation, thanks mostly to Hollywood, of being anti-social loners who live in their mother’s basement and have no interest in their appearance. Young girls are strongly discouraged from any activity or behaviour that could lead to being tagged with any one of those labels.

Dr. Shirley HuBelieve me, I know. I felt the pressure during my early teen years to conform to what society saw as the well defined roles for males and females. Fuck that. I took my first computer apart and reassembled it when I was 12 years old because I simply HAD to know how it worked. And yes, it still worked when I was done. I played video games, wrote scripts and software programs for my own use, explored the then up-and-coming world of UNIX and built my own systems. But that wasn’t all I was. I was then and am now a very sexual person. I hit puberty when I was 9 and I’ve been masturbating for as long as I can remember. I gave my first blowjob at 13, first swallowed at 14 and lost my virginity on my 15th birthday. My first girl-girl experience was at 17. I loved sex then and I love sex now. I worked as a bartender in a nude club in The Netherlands where I also danced nude on the bar. I have done nude modeling and even a few porn videos. I still do nude photos, some of which are on this site with lots more on my Twitter site (forgive my little bit of shameless promotion, but you can click that blue button over on the right hand sidebar and see for yourself).

Dr. Lucianne WalkowiczMy point in relating all this? There does not exist a situation where a woman with intellect cannot also be beautiful, sexual and feminine. And the reverse is certainly true. Yet Hollywood, even in 2013, portrays pretty woman as mental morons and intellectual women as plain and drab. Or worse yet, the intellectual woman is plain and drab until some friend convinces her to take off her glasses, fix her hair and buy new clothes and she is then stunning, but she will, inevitably, go out and do something extremely stupid, usually involving a man. Then we have the Hollywood image of the beautiful, sexual, intellectual woman; the evil mastermind, the evil martial arts expert, the home-wrecker… It is with few exceptions that teenagers of both sexes have it drilled into them that girls can be pretty or smart, but not both. And if they happen to be both, they had better hide the fact they have brains lest the be labelled a geek, a nerd or worse.

Dr. Amy MainzerI do see some streaks of light breaking through the darkness. There are shows on the Science Channel and the Discovery channel that show attractive, educated, intellectual women scientists in roles integral to the show, not just fluff support roles. Women like Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz and Dr. Amy Mainzer.. I would love to have an intellectual discussion with either one of them for hours on end, or have sex with them. Having the discussion and sex would be ideal!

Women in IT We need more women interested in the sciences and technology. We need to educate our children that they can be smart, sexy and beautiful. Because they got an “A” in Physics doesn’t mean they won’t have a date on Saturday night. I’m proof of that! We also need to educate the corporations of the world to pay equal money for equal work and ability irregardless of gender. We need more positive role models in the cinema, television and all other entertainment businesses. Their future, our future, in fact the very survival of the human race is at stake. Let’s not mess this up due to some backwoods, Luddite belief that it cannot be done simply because it has never been done.

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The Pic Of The Day says it all. As a wise person once said, if someone tells your they never masturbate, they probably lie about other things as well!

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Arthur C. ClarkeArthur C. Clarke, one of my favourite authors, is well known throughout literary and cinemagraphic circles. While Isaac Asimov is well known for his Three Laws Of Robotics, Clarke wrote his very three laws; not of robotics, but of scientific prediction. His three laws are:

  1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
  2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
  3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

I defy anyone to argue with or find fault with these three laws. The one that I’m invoking today is Law #3 as it pertains to the mystical universe of computers.

Most PC owners are not computer savvy technical people. They lawyers, doctors, small business owners, writers, actors, porn stars. They come from all walks of life. By this time, you’re probably thinking “Get to the fucking point!” so here goes.

Naked girl flips the birdWe’ve all experienced those times when our PCs started to behave erratically; slowing down, taking longer than usual to complete a simple command, waiting a long time for an app to open… Right away, if you check on the forums or boards, you’ll get the Infection Army screaming at you “VIRUS!!! MALWARE!!! ZOMBIE!!!” and so on. Like you did it on purpose.

TechnicianYou may have called a computer service company who will readily wipe your hard drive and re-install the operating system for a substantial fee. Here’s Part 1 of the secret: most times it isn’t necessary. How’s that?

Poorly written applications, especially those written for an earlier version of the Operating System, do not use the system efficiently and can leave parts of themselves around after you think you closed them, eating up memory, disk space and CPU cycles. This is particularly true of some of the freebie apps you found while surfing the web, although there are commercially sold applications that are just as guilty.

Naked TechGo through your installed applications with a critical eye. Uninstall those you don’t use on regular basis. If you haven’t opened an application for the better part of a year, chances are you don’t need it there. I’m also willing to wager that when it was installed, it configured itself to preload pieces of itself every time you start the PC. When cleaning up your system, keep in mind an industry standard rule about never, never, ever use more than 75% of your disc’s capacity. If you’re approaching this point, buy an additional drive (internal or an external USB drive) to store documents, movies, photos, etc.

Dirty PCNow for the second part of our dirty little secret. If a PC is left running for many days, it is not that unusual for it to develop behavioural issues. I find this particularly true if I have used any of the Adobe Creative Suite applications. Real memory hogs, they are. After checking for dodgy applications on problem PCs and checking that the inside of the case isn’t full of dust, the very next thing techs will do is to power down the PC, wait a few minutes and then power it back up. A vast majority of the time, the result is Mission Accomplished! Problem Solved! We then advise the person tha they should reboot their PC after using intense graphics applications or advanced numerical analysis applications. Even if you don’t use apps like these, it is good practice to restart your PC after 4 or 5 days of constant use.

HP Desktop ComputerSo there you have it. The old canard of rebooting has a basis in reality. The first thing HP tech trainees learn is after checking the system logs and the like for hardware failure, reboot the device to see if the problem goes away. If it’s good enough for HP, it’s good enough for you and me!

Till next time, have a Happy New Year!

Poppy xoxoxo

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