The Ada Initiative | Supporting women in open technology and culture The ENIAC Story World Wide Web The world's first electronic digital computer was developed by Army Ordnance to compute World War II ballistic firing tables. By Martin H. Weik, 1961 Ordnance Ballistic Research Laboratories, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD "...With the advent of everyday use of elaborate calculations, speed has become paramount to such a high degree that there is no machine on the market today capable of satisfying the full demand of modern computational methods. As in many other first along the road of technological progress, the stimulus which initiated and sustained the effort that produced the ENIAC (electronic numerical integrator and computer)--the world's first electronic digital computer--was provided by the extraordinary demand of war to find the solution to a task of surpassing importance. Two decades of complete indifference toward military preparedness had witnessed its virtual elimination as a factor of any military consequence in the world. Mr. Up
Systers™ It’s important to know that you are not alone. Systers is a forum for all women involved in the technical aspects of computing. The list has over 4,000 members from at least 54 countries around the world. Anita’s vision in creating Systers in 1987 was to “increase the number of women in computer science and make the environments in which women work more conducive to their continued participation in the field.” Systers continues to serve this purpose by providing women a private space to seek advice from their peers, and discuss the challenges they share as women technologists. Systers is curated by the current Systers-keeper, Rose Robinson. Join the Systers community
Blog Archive » Woman in technology Usually I avoid topics like women in technology because (1) it is a can of worms, and (2) I can really only speak for myself. For the most part, I’d rather be seen as a person in technology than a woman, but this weekend the twitterverse erupted with opinions about Google sponsoring female students to attend JSConf. As a woman who is often the only-woman-in-the-room, I want people to know it isn’t always easy. I was a bit shocked by the blatant failure to empathize. On the Big Web Show, I talked about being a women in a male dominated field (min 7:12). “I was a carpenter before I got into web stuff, so you guys can’t really compete with the carpenters, no matter how unruly you get.” That is true, but a simplification. After conducting a thorough study on the status of female researchers at MIT. The heart and soul of discrimination, the last refuge of the bigot, is to say that those who are discriminated against deserve it because they are less good.Dean Robert J. He says it beautifully.
Panos Ipeirotis – Google+ Girl geeks at Google 02 Mar 2014 About six weeks ago I bought a treadmill desk. Now I deal with email, write code, prepare slides and even type blog posts while walking anywhere from 0.6km/h to 6.4km/h. I am walking at a steady 3.5km/h as I write this. There have been multiple studies that suggest sitting down for long periods of time is not great for your health. As a Software Engineer, I do a lot of computer work and for most folks that means sitting down. Quite a few people have asked me questions about my treadmill desk experience. The TR1200-DT3 desk treadmill paired with a secondhand motorised standing desk From Sitting to Standing When I started doing the majority of my work remotely in 2012, I decided to buy a standing desk. As the desk could only be adjusted by removing all my gear and manually shifting the shelves, it wasn't something I was keen to do very often (I recommend using a calculator like this to get the heights right). From Standing to Walking The TR1200-DT3 desk treadmill up close Tips
Mothers of Technology: 10 Women Who Invented and Innovated in Tech Her impact on technology:Largely known as a screen star of the 1920s, Hedy Lamarr proved to be more than just a pretty face. She played a key role in the invention of spread-spectrum technology; specifically, by conceptualizing the idea of frequency hopping, which is a method of sending radio signals from different frequency channels. Lamarr and her co-inventor, George Antheil, developed the technology originally to help the Navy remotely control torpedoes. The key value of frequency hopping was that the randomized channel switching made it difficult for outside agents to understand what was being communicated. The two received a patent on their idea on August 11, 1942, according to the American Heritage of Invention & Technology. It was reborn, however, in the late 1950s when engineers at Sylvania Electronic Systems Division revived it, which led to the use of Lamarr’s frequency hopping concept in secure military communications. Where is she now? “She was such a creative person.
How does biology explain the low numbers of women in computer sc CompSci Woman The Female Perspective of Computer Science » Stop talking, start coding hilarymason.com I read Out of the Loop in Silicon Valley in the NYTimes today, which explores how and why women are under-repesented in tech startups. From the number of retweets I saw and the clicks through bit.ly links (12,579 at the time of this posting), it’s been getting a lot of attention. There are some very strong, compelling themes in this article. Computer science and engineering to have an “image problem”; the way we teach math to elementary school students is horrible and turns way too many away. I don’t want to nitpick the article, but there are a few statements that reinforce the very damaging stereotypes that the article sets out to dispel. “When women take on the challenges of an engineering or computer science education in college, some studies suggest that they struggle against a distinct set of personal, psycho-social issues… Even women who soldier though [sic] demanding computer science and engineering programs in college…” Please read the whole article.
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