I picked the nick “g33kgrrl” with “g33k” first, because I am first and foremost a geek… being female is secondary to what I do. “Grrl” is a term embodying female geeks and/or feminists and/or political progressives. I fall under all of these categories, so it seemed rather fitting.
I am a huge fan of free (as in freedom) software, such as GNU/Linux, but my bread and butter (unfortunately) has often come from working with Windows as a computer repair technician. I started playing video games on an Atari C380 at around 7 years old, began programming in BASIC on a neighbor’s VIC-20 at about 9, and was hacking away on my first computer, a C64, by 10. I have an A.S. degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET). I worked in IT (and occasionally web design/development) professionally from 1996-2014, and am now a full-time software engineer. As you might have guessed by now, science and technology are and were my first love. 😉