So who is this Tammy person, anyway?
In my professional life, I’m currently a project manager at a software company. I’ve been a system administrator, programmer, QA engineer, database administrator, and self-employed software/IT consultant. I’ve been working in technology for more years than I care to admit, and still find it a bit wild that I once worked on room-sized computers with less processing power than the iPhone I carry around in my pocket.
I got started with technology when I was first exposed to a Commodore PET} at age six or so. But even before then, I remember spending time in my grandfather’s workshop and darkroom, and I’ve always been fascinated with how things work. (I was, unfortunately, better as a kid at taking things apart than putting them back together. I think once I’d seen the insides, the fascination was gone and the idea of figuring out reassembly didn’t interest me as much.) The first computer I owned was a Commodore 64, a birthday present when I was about ten. Since then, I’ve used more kinds of computers - exotic and not - than I can count. Some of the more memorable were touring the Cray supercomputer at the University of Toronto, and touring the mainframe Facilities at Michigan State when I was there. (They had an IBM 3090 and a VAX which I had accounts on, but though I never used it I was especially fascinated by the BBN Butterfly).
I first started learning electronics from a cousin who was an electronic tech for a hospital. He taught me to solder, and I remember at age 10 or 11 building my first electronic project - a 0-12V variable power supply. I took a class in electronics in high school, where I learned to make printed circuit boards (designed in MacPaint on a Macintosh Plus!) and designed and built a photographic enlarger timer with a 555 timer IC and a TRIAC switching the enlarger on and off. After that, I made what I believe to be two mistakes in life - I didn’t pursue electronics as a hobby for many years because of gender stereotyped bullshit, and I didn’t pursue an EE degree because I thought my math skills were too poor. Now I do electronic stuff for a hobby, and I love it.
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