of varying degrees of expertise in computers/ Internet'
- It's an
excellent environment for all interested women of varying degrees
of expertise in computers and the Internet to discuss, debate,
question and explore issues of a technical and communicative
- Susan Harwood Kaczmarczik, Tech Writer and Editor,
don't search endlessly on FAQs, I can just come here'
- I subscribed
to this list as a web developer of 4 years (on the side of my
day job at the state), who wanted to be around other web-type
women in Austin. Every so often, I had/have web design type
questions that I didn't want to search around endlessly on FAQs,
HOW TO pages, etc....I can just come here, pose the question
and many other women can find the answer at the same time. I
also joined because I wanted (am now working my way out) out
of state government and into the art/web world...I figured this
was the place to meet, network, learn about job opps, etc.
- Michelle Reeves
- I subscribed
to help get advice and contacts in my high-tech job search one
year ago. I stayed because of the bottomless well of computer
and otherwise related knowledge, and because of the thought
provoking (although sometimes overheated), intellectual debates.
- Christine Hendel
- I'm here
for the community, not the technical stuff although I'm glad
I have the technical resources when I need them.
- Natalie Rodgers/CAC/AISD
- I subscribed
for the technical support we give each other. That is the value
I get from this list and why I continue to be a subscriber.
(Technical posts) brings a response when needed the most.
- Virginia DeBolt, writer and web designer http://vdebolt.com
discussions provide a variety of insights and opinions'
my web background is more experiential than technical, I
can benefit from the brilliant technical minds on this list.
I also view the list as a community. Since I have recently
moved out of state, I feel like I can keep in touch with
the Austin 'scene' through this list. (and get my SXSW experience
virtually.) I feel as though our 'OT' discussions provide
not only insights and opinions I wouldn't be exposed to
elsewhere, but I get bunches of great tips and suggestions.
- Sandee Bruneman , Civic Pride, Inc., http://www.civicpride.com
network in a male-dominated technology career'
- I subscribe
to the list to have a support network of other women in my male-dominated
technology career area, to learn about what is going on at other
companies - their technology, culture, and job openings, to
post openings at my company. I can get help on technology questions
I may have or give help on things I may know about & learn
about seminars and workshops that may enrich my career or personal
life. I subscribe to get information on good cleaning services,
dry cleaners, and doctors.
- Gretchen Meyer
entertaining & cheaper than tech support!'
it is sometimes entertaining and often funny.
with 500 people on the list, someone almost always has an answer
to a question. Cheaper than tech support, and easier to get
a quick answer!
some of the off topic stuff is quite interesting and thought
in a lot of ways I am a bit of a nerd, and this is a group of
others who are also sometimes a bit of a nerd. In a lot of circles,
nerdism is sort of rare. It is nice to talk with people who
can understand what you are actually talking about.
sometimes you either find people to hire or find work through
- Carol Grosvenor, graphic artist, http://grosvenors.com/
- I've been
a member since 1996. I subscribe because of the tech resources.
Although I don't ask many tech questions and have been a big
OT culprit, I've usually enjoyed it. I've also saved a boatload
of the posts and do often refer to them as resources.
- Christina Jeskey
out about job opportunities'
- It's a
great place to network with other women interested in or working
in technology (and I love to network).
Austin-focused; so unlike national or international newsgroups
and lists, it's got a 'hometown' feel.
- I find
out about job opportunities; and I can advertise job opportunities
to a highly-targetted audience.
Jayne Cravens, Manager, Virtual Volunteering Project,
- I subscribe
to HD because of the community/network. Occasional differences
of opinion aside, I've enjoyed the very thought-provoking and
insightful (OT) discussions that arise. HD has also been a wonderful
resource for matters both technical and non. I've been a member
for about a year and a half, and I don't ever plan to leave!
- Pamela Hichens
Domain is usually the first place I turn'
- I've been
a member for several years. I value her domain as a community
of very resourceful women. I sometimes have computer and software-related
problems that women on the list have helped me solve. I also
value the off-topic recommendations and information from members.
When i need a recommendation, Her Domain is usually the first
place I turn to. in turn, when I can make a recommendation that
I feel confident of or can answer someone's question, I do so.
- Rosemary Sheffield
just love helping answer tech problems'
- (I subscribed
when) I began working for a Web Company (Austin360) at work....and
needed some resources...then I just got into answering techie
questions here and I really enjoyed it...Now a ton of you gals
are clients of mine for various reasons..None Web Related..All
technical related..Hardware/Software etc... I read ALL the questions
and answers posted and answer as many as I can when I can...And
Am hoping to get back doing the Hardware/Software SIG Meetings
again soon! SO basically I will ALWAYS be on this list because
I just Love helping answer tech problems...! All other Stuffs
aside..I DO love this list.
warmth and a sense of belonging'
- I moved
to Austin from Australia in 1997 to promote my business and
knew not a living soul. I have picked up tons of helpful hints
on this list ranging from how, when, where and why to get yer
teeth yanked to a wide range of pooter stuff that I might otherwise
have never found out about. Not to mention the best places in
town to feed your face. *sigh*... During my inital 12 months
in Austin, although I only met a couple of the ladies in person,
this list provided me with friendship, warmth and a sense of
belonging and it's still doing it some three years on even if
I am stuck down here in the penal colony!
- Kym Jones, http://www.conceptualeyez.com
forum where self-discovery can take place'
subscribed several years ago hoping to learn how to do web pages
and stayed because of the information and support that has drifted
over the bandwidth over the years. (I finally did learn to do
some web pages, too.) I have thoroughly enjoyed the group and
have learned a great deal plus I found a good mattress and box
springs, moving boxes, and recently, a potter's wheel for my
daughter. This group is very much like a 'leads' group and the
networking is great. When I was the age of many of you, I did
not have access to the support and connections that are available
here....I know that there is value in having a forum where self-discovery
can take place. There is something about writing and reading
ideas/thoughts/feelings that helps us to learn about ourselves.
- Sage McKenzie, http://sagemckenzie.com