* Posts by Eurydice Sophie Exintaris

17 posts • joined 3 Jun 2008

Women shun careers in IT security

Eurydice Sophie Exintaris

Re: Women + IT


I build IKEA things without instructions. Well. I glance at them briefly to check which way round things go. I built my own bed this year, on my own, in about one hour. (from packages being delivered to me lying down on it). (and because English doesn't allow for gender to be expressed grammatically, hi, I'm a woman, and I work in IT)

I find this gender-discrimination fascinating and insulting.

"Women aren't in IT because their brains aren't wired for it". I'm sorry, what?

If someone walks up to me and says "You can't even build IKEA furniture, you're a woman, your brain doesn't work that way", why do I feel the need to a) punch them in the face and b) demonstrate they're prejudiced fools, by doing exactly what they say I cannot do? Am I avenging womankind? No. Thing is, I believe there are incompetent clumsy examples in both genders. I've met plenty of them. I'm not sure you do.

I appreciate that men have more muscle and women wider hips, we're built that way. But if you are one of those people who will raise his daughter to think she cannot drive because she's a woman, buddy, she'll resent you for LIFE for making her think she can't ever be as good as someone with a penis. Is that what you want?

Eurydice Sophie Exintaris

I was literally the only woman there!

I beg to differ. Yes, I like being obnoxious, but no, that's not why.

I am a woman. I wear skirts, paint my face (you know, that eyeliner thing?0, and have a bigger collection of shoes and earrings than you have web-based accounts. Trust me. (although I'd compete very directly on that front too). But. My life is inextricably linked with technology. I love it, I work with it, in it, I evangelise about it. I'm a woman, I'm a techie, and I'm a geek. A geek? Yes, a tech geek. I loved it, I studied it, I live it. Nobody told me "no, you're a girl, you should give sponge baths". Read on...

In my high school, you chose to specialise in Maths or Biology. In my class, I was the one and only girl who chose Maths... Even our Maths teacher was a man. I did feel singled out, but it wasn't by my classmates. Then, I went on to study Computer Engineering, another place where I was one amongst maybe 20 women, at best, in a classroom of 100-150. I noticed it, but it never meant anything. It was just a statistic. Just like the fact I was one of three students from my high school who made it -at all- into that University. Just a number. It never mattered.

So maybe I'm the dog who speaks... Last night, I went to a "Women in European Business" conference. At the end, there was networking. I walked out of the auditorium onto a floor full of women, elbow-to-elbow, as far as the eye could see. And I didn't know a single one of them. You wouldn't believe how quickly I ran off... Too many women! It just wasn't my element. If I'm a dog who speaks, I am most comfortable around others of my species (tech geeks). Or, you know, men... who are in tech... (sense a trend?)

Reading this, I now wonder if being more comfortable around men (than women) is (as a woman) as singular an occurrence as a dog speaking estonian. Maybe. Maybe not. Maybe it's that technology is my favourite common ground with people, and I'd never properly noticed gender issues. There were statistics, not issues.

I hope that women do not feel discouraged from studying maths, computer science or engineering. Being able to solve problems isn't a male-only thing. It's a being-human thing. Get on with it.

Epilogue: For the record, I do work in IT, will always have an IT-centric role (technology - and its advocacy - is a huge part of my life), and I have never, not even for a second, contemplated going into security.

And trust me, it's not because it's full of men. I think we've already established I prefer that.

Six things a text editor must do - or it's a one-way trip to the trash

Eurydice Sophie Exintaris

Notepad++ ?

So I'm using Notepad ++ which does all of the above...

I had used TextPad at about the time you mention acquiring it, but I never bought it. feels like I should have done. Googling it now. Although. Notepad++ is free... Hmm...

Facebook phone app attempts to seize ALL YOUR MAIL

Eurydice Sophie Exintaris

See you on google +

With the new features of google calendar / google + doing events happily (must test that), I think I will be scrapping my facebook account altogether. Or at the very least minimising it, never, ever logging in, and using "email me" feature for messages / invites. That'd be that. And recommending others do the same.

See you on Google +!

El Reg in email address blunder

Eurydice Sophie Exintaris


Well done, lads. Wonder how you'll manage to poke fun at those who forget briefcases on the trains from now on...

Terence Conran slams 'appalling' Olympic mascots

Eurydice Sophie Exintaris

One word...


Ten grand - the cost of iPhone-induced sobriety

Eurydice Sophie Exintaris
IT Angle

Forgetting pleasure...ability :)

Yet another set of developers / business analysts / doctors / etc... forget the pleasurability and playfulness factor in selling software! Or rather, how important those things are when your goal is to have many people like your software and want to use it.

(Said the User eXperience Designer, giggling to herself in a corner)

Has IBM grown a new Lotus?

Eurydice Sophie Exintaris

IBM's Lotus takeover...

The company I work for has entered into an agreement to be bought by IBM. So on "day 1" we are all getting magically migrated to Lotus notes... This article gave me something to look forward to, as all I've heard of Lotus notes was that it's quite powerful in the back-end, but an absolute usability horror. And guess what. I'm a UI designer. This should be interesting...

UK minister looks for delete key on user generated content

Eurydice Sophie Exintaris

We'll take care of OUR internet

I do hate it when technologically illiterate people attempt to make technology-related recommendations.


Focus on sitting in your chair and passing bills...

We'll take care of OUR internet.

Sony PRS-505 Reader e-book

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Nothing to compare it with??

How about the iLiad??


And btw, I tried this Sony reader out. The transition is absolutely horrible. Who on earth thought flickering the screen to mimic turning pages would be a good idea??

Definitely not worth my £200, even if I spend more than £400 per year on books.

Educating Verity

Eurydice Sophie Exintaris

IEEE's getting sloppy...

Sorry you had to read through that.

I must admit, I'm stunned the IEEE hasn't taken the paper down!

I'm pretty sure that if something similar had happened at the University I attended (McGill, in Canada) the professor would've been out the door, along with all students involved!

Plagiarism of any form was so frowned upon and purposely hunted, that very few resorted to it, and even then extremely carefully (to the point that by the time you wrote down your version of things, you'd actually done research without realising). I mean, with so many tools out there to check the individuality of a paper, and electronic submission being the norm (at least at McGill), catching the culprits was a tiny script away. Perhaps the IEEE should look some of those up! I'm sure they're described in a few of their papers anyway...

Once I achieve world domination, I will have to take care of that too....

*scribbles in little black book*

Chrome-fed Googasm bares tech pundit futility

Eurydice Sophie Exintaris

Google Chrome for your mom

You can't hate Chrome... much.

It's lighter, faster, cheaper, smarter. The dream of any Techie related to sales.


It's only good for my mom. I can't manage my bookmarks. I can't get extensions in (yet?). I can't decide what to do with particular types of cookies. I can't allow some sites into a safe list. I don't have a password to protect me from anybody sitting at my machine wanting to peek at all the passwords that it saves for me.

Great for a newbie user, I'll give it that.

But I, like most of the reader here I'll bet, work in IT. In Software Development R&D to be precise...

Chrome just makes me think of all those bloody pink phones that have no features except being pink...

Although, mind you, if I could get my hands on a device that was a BROWSER and NOTHING else, I would still be able to do EVERYTHING that I do today with my computer. They'd have to make some java-enabled browser-readable version of WinAmp and plug it to some massive 40GB+ storage account for my small collection of music, but honestly. How much stuff do you do aside from go online on a daily basis?

(I do web development and need Adobe CS3, so I can't quite toss my lappy. But I would still see value for a browsing device. Odd, no?)

How to stop worrying and enjoy paying for incoming calls

Eurydice Sophie Exintaris
Dead Vulture

Port my mob number to my HOME?

Why on earth would I ever consider doing that?

Having friends, after a 10-year hiatus, call me out of the blue at HOME in the possible dead of the night (depending on where they are on the planet when they got drunk enough to call) is something a higher authority considers desirable?

I like the portability and ... expandability of my mobile number(S).

I like the fact that in europe, if my mother calls to chat I do not have to foot the bill. Students in North America still have to screen calls from boring/invasive/persistent family members or friends, so as not to pay! (I know. I was one. Voicemail got full really fast.) The responsibility should lie with the caller.

Take this one level up. Have you ever gotten an unsolicited "amazing offer from our partners" call on your mobile? I have gotten dozens. If I were paying to receive every one of them, I'd screen them and never pick up. However, when you're in the midst of looking for a job say, or a family crisis, "private caller" could be anyone, and you _do_need to pick up.

I believe that a referendum should be carried out, amongst the technologically educated class, to find out what we would prefer.

Having lived on both sides of the atlantic, with 6 mobile numbers from 5 different countries, I know which model I would choose. The European one.

See, in North America you may pay to receive a call on your mobile, but THERE IS NO TIMER ON YOUR LANDLINE CALLS. Their system was implemented in such a way that you get unlimited calls. There are no units, unlike in Europe where home-to-home calls are timed and billed accordingly.

Over there, mobile phones reside in a particular area code. You cross area codes, you pay more. So a mobile phone isn't really mobile in the same way as here. With my UK number I can call London as well as Cardiff, for the same rate. I'd love to know how much it'd cost in Canada to call Montreal and Vancouver from an Ottawa area code. (area codes are by city over there, not even by region. Not very MOBILE then, is it?)

Maybe it's a rant, I'll grant you that. But having seen both sides of the coin, I choose the one we have on this side of the pond. And I hope Ms.TelcoRegimenter will focus on putting a cap on intra-EU roaming rates instead!

88% of IT admins would steal data if fired

Eurydice Sophie Exintaris
IT Angle

Bitter ending...

My ex-boss changed external IT support suppliers one day and a few days later the one-man-support-company IT guy visited and got the grand tour from me. I was the IT Projects Manager and resident IT guru, but as I officially was NOT support staff, we still had external support suppliers.

2 days later I noticed the Admin password had changed, and the new IT guy was refusing to give it to me. (over the phone, mind you, he was freelance, and not to stay in the office. Lucky him.)

The next day bossman called me "for a chat" and announced I was being made redundant, as the projects I was working on had wrapped up.

Had I cared about what they did, I'd be regretting not having a chance to... make my departure memorable in various interesting ways.

Alas I was too busy seething at being made to work my 1 month notice period, and while idly reading job board across the net, finding out I'd have worked there 3 weeks short of a year, the legal UK minimum after which you are allowed to claim for unfair dismissal.

Google cedes Belgium to Germany

Eurydice Sophie Exintaris
IT Angle

Turkish Empire is back!

Greece was returned to Turkey...

Talk about scratching a sore spot, Google!!

I guess it's a good thing they didn't use colour, or that'd be the whole Cyprus can of worms knocking at their door.

Of course, mind you, how many greek techies are there??

(says the Greek techie, feeling all alone...)

Tech giants team for online ID cards

Eurydice Sophie Exintaris
IT Angle

Trains and Suitcases...

So what happens when an employee of the Information Identity Consortium (or whatever they'll be calling it) accidentally leaves a laptop/suitcase on the train home? Or a port open? Do we really want to have a single point of failure over which we have no control?

Brussels wants eID cards to work Europe-wide

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Good initiative.

Annoyed that Greece hasn't joined the bandwagon!!

We had a huge issue in 1998 with our current (huge, handwritten) ID cards having a field for the religion and whether that should be filled in... UGH

I just wish they'd join in and get up to speed in IT in this century. When signing up for the equivalent of an NI number, my details were handwritten in a huge sellotape-mended registry book... Think church-kept records in the 17th century...

(I _am_ cringing as I write this... from shame... I wish I could teach them about IT!)


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