Monthly Archives: July 2009

Debunking myths, answering questions

I’ve seen a bunch of the same questions coming up again and again in comments on my OSCON keynote, both on my own blog and on other sites, so I thought I’d take the time to answer some of them in a central place. 1.5%? 20%? Really? Where did you get those numbers from? 1.5% women in open source: FLOSSPOLS survey, 2006, funded by the EU. 1541 open source developers were surveyed, from a range of projects both large and small. The surveyed developers were Continue reading →

Post-OSCON roundup

A lot’s happened in the few days since my keynote at OSCON and I think it’s time I did a round-up of women-in-open-source-related stuff from the conference itself and the not-quite-a-week since. Some wins for the conference: Gina Blaber from O’Reilly tells me that female attendance is up, and it looked that way to me. I’d guess around 5%, which of course is still kind of appalling, but I think a bit higher than last year. Proportion of female speakers is up to 8.9% (from Continue reading →

Forking Encouraged: Folk Programming, Open Source, and Social Software Development

This is my other presentation from OSCON. I gave this one with all-round lovely guy Yoz Grahame from Linden Lab, and Freebase developer platform czar Jason Douglas. We presented on Friday morning in a really tough slot — there were half a dozen other talks that I wanted to be at! — so attendance was a little light. There were some upsides though: So, for those of you who couldn’t make it for whatever reason, I hope this will be useful! Forking Encouraged: Folk Programming, Continue reading →

Ignite talk on Textiles

The video from Tuesday night’s Ignite OSCON is up! Mine is the second talk, starting around eight minutes in. It’s on the subject of Five Geeky Things You Can Do With Textiles. The five things, by the way, are: Set them on fire. Look at them really closely. Invent LOLCATS. Spread free culture. Make things.

Standing out in the crowd: my OSCON keynote

If you weren’t at OSCON this morning, here is what I spoke about in my keynote, Standing Out in the Crowd. I’m including most of the key visuals, so my apologies for the image-heavy post. I’ll also be uploading to (with voiceover I hope) and I’m told there will be video up at the OSCON channel in due course. (ETA: it’s up.) Anyway, on with the show. They asked me to speak about women in open source, and most specifically about two recent Continue reading →

The Naughtiest Girl

Marnanel reminded me of this story with his post about Wikipedia vandalism. When I was in grade 6, age about 11, my school had 7 Apple IIe computers. The staff knew very little about them; turned out, not very surprisingly, that I and some of my peers knew more than the teachers. Now, my school was really into giving kids responsibility and letting them learn by doing and stuff. Plus, if you were in the top percentiles for academics, they tended to give you other Continue reading →

Richard Stallman, feminist ally

In a 2007 interview with Spanish-language tech blog Todas, Richard Stallman said: Where men exclude women, women are justified in resisting the exclusion. I will try to help, if it happens in a place where I have some influence, and I see the details of how it occurs. Great! Perhaps he could start with acknowledging the female contributors to GCC, who he’s never noticed before, according to the same interview: I don’t have any experience working with women in programming projects; I don’t think that Continue reading →

My new hackintosh

I recently acquired a Dell Mini 9 laptop and turned it into a Hackintosh using these instructions from Gizmodo. The install was relatively smooth. Not 100% — I had to go through it twice in the end — but not bad. Here is the result: my hackintosh posing with my work laptop, a 15″ Macbook Pro. I’m currently working on installing all the software I need to feel at home, and getting used to the damn apostrophe key being nowhere near where I expect it Continue reading →