Dear Reader,

This sounds great on a resume!  “A lifelong learner with a demonstrated to quickly adapt to new technologies.”  What better to ComputerWomanUsingLaptophave on your resume for the IT field?

When I originally found that phrase and added it over 10 years ago, I may not have realized how accurate it would become.   In my chosen field, it’s a good thing I enjoy learning!  In addition to my ongoing work for New England Give Camp (six years and counting!); I just dove headfirst into becoming a certified full-stack web developer through the use of an awesome new program dubbed “Free Code Camp“.

Why not?  Does it mean a few extra hours after work at my computer?  Yes.  Do I hate it?  No.  In fact, it’s hard to tear myself away to get sleep.  Thanks to the information from a colleague at New England Give Camp, I found this awesome free program!   I just have to work through the coding homework.   I get to build an online portfolio of my work and at the end I can collaborate on projects to get work experience.

The best part?  Free Code Camp IconThe work I do will continue to benefit more non-profits.   This  program proves that the best things in life really are free.  The hardest year for me at Give Camp was the year of the Boston bombings.  Give Camp was scheduled a week afterwards and I was taking the Commuter Line into Cambridge about a block from where that had happened.  There were at least 100 people doing positive work that would immediately impact hundreds, thousands and eventually hundreds of thousands.  Little children working with Catching Joy decided that the ugliness in the world should not be allowed to continue and immediately took action to fix the world they found themselves in.  I learned that those two bombers did much less damage in proportion to the great deeds of kindness and positive things the volunteers did.

Every time I see some act of cruelty, terror, or horror sensationalized on the news, I remember the overwhelming number of people actively doing positive things that are NOT in the news.  Thanks to Free Code Camp now, I can make a difference more than once a year.



Dear Reader,


My fifth year as a volunteer finds me as a project manager for Transition House at New England Give Camp 2014. Screenshot I feel honored to be able to  serve with an incredibly talented group of individuals – developers, graphic artists, and non-profit organization.  By the end of the weekend, we hope to have a new website built in WordPress and updated with a more modern look from when the site was first created five years ago.  Thanks to my awesome teammates, we are quickly working together to meet our common goals.

Dear Reader,


Now that Apple is finally working with the outside world, they have become as vulnerable to attack as PCs. The Apple developer site was hacked today and is currently down for repair – no eta on a fix. I have the greatest respect for Apple’s technology – it is good technology on good machines. However, Apple Products are computers like any other. Until now, Apple’s main defense against outside risk was a combination of security and isolation. They remained isolated from any third party software, hardware, development or support and that kept them isolated from viruses and attacks as well. What I find disturbing about this incident is not that they have been hacked — that was due to happen sooner or later. What I find disturbing is that they never responded to the hacker when he sent them all the information on how he did it.

My personal experience as an outside technology professional lends credence to that report. I called Apple wanting to learn how to work with them. I was treated rudely and like I were a second-class citizen. Apple may have been guilty of allowing their popularity to encourage a “better-than-the-rest-of-you” mentality that is now catching up to them. Microsoft has understood the benefit of outside support from the general population and takes advantage of the willingness of the general community to work with them.

After I graduated tech school in 2009 with highest honors and a year and a half experience, Apple didn’t hire me. Microsoft opened its doors in the form of Code Camps, .Net user groups, and New England Give Camp. The support for developers and IT careers from Microsoft is robust and well-
Currently, PCs are way ahead of MACs for security because it has been an issue that Microsoft and many third party software developers have worked on for decades.


Dear Readers…

No one seemed to vote in on my last blog post, but I know there is a fair amount of interest out there from my site stats.  So, I will pick a topic…. 

For a really cool demo on the capabilities of this, you should check out Never Mind The Bullets but you have to view it in IE9.   That’s the catch.   None of the other browsers are up to speed yet.  If you don’t believe me… try it.   You’ll miss the 3-d effects otherwise.


Green Mountain coffee’s lovely rep is back and keeping us programmers going with much-needed coffee

Safari books online allowing unrestricted access to resources for weekend at Give Camp – invaluable technical references

Great food!   Panera bread



Dear Reader,

You may laugh at engineers with their pocket protectors, bug-glasses, and non-social nerdy ways; but the video tells the real story:

Thanks to those nerds, “Not one building in Tokyo collapses after biggest quake for 140yrs. A testament to Japanese engineering.”[1]


1. http://technolog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/03/11/6246591-early-hero-of-japans-quake-tragedy-building-codes

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