[Internet Brothers] You support many copyright and trademark causes as well as being a member of Pixelitas. This group of women web designers strives to encourage and teach. Where do all the resources come from?
[Bobbie Osborne] It's not the causes as much as the people behind them that I support. In the case of the Pixelitas, I am empowered by their personal strength as individuals and as a group. This group is as diversified in their personal lives as they are in their creative styles. From the housewife to the professional designer, these women have a bond that many strive for; they love what they are doing and encourage others to do the same.
They are constantly learning from each other and sharing their combined wealth of knowledge. I think what I respect about them the most is that irregardless of skill levels, they work very hard to keep their world a positive experience for all involved. Wandering around the member's web sites is a great place to start for web related resources. Between them, they cover almost any topic you could think of related to web development. If they don't have it, they're linking to someone who does.
It's because of a copyright link that I discovered this group of women in the first place. They take a very strong stance on copyright and trademark issues. Due to the ease of transmission via the Internet, the names of original authors and creators are often lost as more and more people send other's work via e-mail. The Internet is a virtual gold mine for plagiarism and since the dishonest will always be dishonest (short of lawsuit threats), it's the little people getting caught in the web of ignorance that concerns me the most.
[IB] By day, you work for a local Internet Service Provider in Illinois. How has that helped improve your web development skills, or perhaps it's the other way around?
[Boz] Those of us in the baby boomer age group didn't cut our teeth on technology and it wasn't an ingrained aspect of our education. Unlike current high-schoolers that crunch code for breakfast and play with hardware as a substitute for Barbie, the learning curve is quite a bit steeper for people like myself who have entered this market as a hobbyist. We, the second career people, often have to ferret out technology advances for ourselves.
This is where GlobalEyes Communications comes into play for me. On a web development level, the guys I work with go out of their way to teach me things I would have never learned in a lifetime as an independent designer. Windows of thought and doors of opportunity are constantly being opened for me.
Working for an ISP provides me with a basic level understanding of how the web works from a hardware/software perspective. It also allows me to view the web through the eyes of the "average jane/joe" Net surfer. Both are invaluable experiences for honing web development skills. As we all continue to bridge the generational and gender gap in technology, I will always consider myself the student in this little scenario.
On a very personal level, this is the first job I ever had where nurf darts as well as spit-balls on the ceiling seem very appropriate to the environment. What do you get when you mix testosterone laden IT junkies with a burnt-out social worker that has a background in the graphic arts? <grin> Is my boss going to be reading this? </grin>
As the (umhumh) middle-aged tender gender member of this boys club, I think I am able to bring a slightly different perspective to their whiz-kid worlds. I already know they'll keep me on my toes, open-minded and laughing. After all, when was the last time you bartered a web site for cookies or accidentally redesigned your company's spinning global eye logo to rotate backwards, with acceptance?
As futurists nudge us toward the reality of their ideal vision, the perfectionist in us will dream of improving that which needs no improvement. I am as restless as I am happy and it's a winning combination. This is a great time to experience something you've never done before. Besides, they're going to teach me how to set my laser printer to stun! Who could ask for more!
[IB] Bobbie, my sincerest thanks for your insight and enlightenment. For the readers, Bobbie is too modest to mention it, but Crumpled Papers has collected many of the world's top-rated web awards including ProjectCool Sighting, Yahoo! Pick of the Week, WebbieWorld Hot Pick, and Twist Magazine Cool Site. In the web community, Crumpled Papers is what's known as a "sticky property." You will want to stay for hours, then return again and again. [tag you're it!]
"The Internet is a virtual gold mine for plagiarism and since the dishonest will always be dishonest (short of lawsuit threats), it's the little people getting caught in the web of ignorance that concerns me the most."
"We, the second career people, often have to ferret out technology advances for ourselves."
"As we all continue to bridge the generational and gender gap in technology, I will always consider myself the student in this little scenario."
"I am as restless as I am happy and it's a winning combination. This is a great time to experience something you've never done before."
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