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Being Nice

O’Reilly has been running a series this month titled, Women in Technology. I contributed one of the earlier essays, titled So, What?. I had ambivalent feelings about participating, not the least of which I wasn’t sure that grouping essays by a bunch of women together for publication during the same month was necessarily a ‘good […]

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So What?

Recovered from the Wayback Machine. Part of the O’Reilly Women in Tech series. A few weeks back, the book Beautiful Code: Leading Programmers Explain How They Think hit the streets. What a terrific concept: get several prominent programmers to write about their own unique perspective on programming and donate the money to a good cause […]

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Caltech: Glimmer and Glomming

Susan Kitchens points out that the number of women in the freshmen class at Caltech has increased from 28.5 last year to 37 percent this year. That’s a significant rise, even though it doesn’t match other tech colleges (42 to 47 percent), or colleges in general (with 57 percent women). Interesting how Caltech increased the […]

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A Matter of Language

When all things are equal, inequality reflects failure. Virginia DeBolt responded to my earlier writing about technology education being broken with a post about Educating Women in Technology. She references two innovative programs: New Horizons, at Mills College in Oakland, California, which teaches computer technology to those with a non-technical background; and the University of […]

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Breaking eggs

The discussion associated with the last post, on the display of a pornographic image at a tech conference, has really been civil and engaged. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a discussion of this nature where many of the concerns aren’t rejected almost out of hand. It’s actually rather refreshing. One person did bring up […]