Wednesday, May 19, 2010

ssh and sexism

WTTWFTVOE (Words To The Wise From The Voice Of Experience): when attempting to set up SSH on a network device (switch, router, etc), it works a WHOLE HECK OF A LOT BETTER when you remember to actually have a domain name configured.

On a different topic, I find myself fascinated by this article from theage.com.au, which is an excerpt from The Hidden Brain. It takes a look at a couple of instances of sex bias, from people's reactions to near-identical descriptions of a person that only vary in the gender of the person described, to comparing the experiences of two transgendered academics at Stanford - one MtF and one FtM.

I think I've been fairly fortunate in avoiding some of the high levels of sexism that other women I know have experienced in the working world. Perhaps some of it is just a comparison of IT with my previous career in the construction trades. And some of it is having ended up working with and for good folks. I've certainly encountered a fair bit, but mostly it's been at a distance as far as direct "sorry, can I talk to a real engineer" and "are you the admin?" level of stuff.

On the other hand, there's this great post from Kate fuckin' Harding about women tooting their own horn and getting past that cultural expectation for women to be demure about their abilities.

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Regis has worked as a network engineer since 1994 for small companies and for large companies.