Just so’s you know…

It’s been over a year since I last posted on this site. There is a very good reason for that and some of you may know why. In January 2019 my wife was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer which you may, or may not, know is terminal. We were shaken, badly, but we thought we’d have at least a couple of more years together. Alas, that wasn’t to be. On May 9th 2019 I took Tracey into hospital with a serious infection. This was the second time. The first time she came home after being dosed with aggressive antibiotics. This time, they didn’t work. She slipped into a coma on the Sunday and passed away in the early hours of Tuesday morning. As you may, or may not, be able to imagine, it felt that my life had ended.

Ironically, at the time one of her wishes was granted. She’d always wanted me to go back into full time employment instead of contracting. A week after she passed I received a phone call from my boss at the firm I was contracting with, offering me a full time position. Knowing what Tracey wanted, I leapt at it and have had no regrets.

And now, I’m going back to the other thing that Tracey knew I needed – my love of electronics and synth music. Thus I have revived Ripley and will be posting here frequently on her progress.

Let the healing begin.


Sometimes It Just Has To Be Done

Ahhh, Sunday. The day of rest. Usually spent lounging around, reading Twitter & Facebook, listening to music and basically doing nothing. A blissful, albeit sometimes boring, time for me.

Today, however, I’ve decided to go into work. The reason? We have a stack of repairs that have come in and, having been short-staffed in the past week, we haven’t been able to complete many of them. So I thought a couple of hours getting some of them out of the way would be a good idea. Its just nice to be able to spend some of Tuesday phoning customers to tell them that their machines are ready ahead of schedule. Plus I get to listen to loud music while I’m doing it. Which is always a bonus.

I might even fire up the new cluster and run a speed test on it. I’ve been meaning to do that for ages.

If You Think This Belongs Elsewhere, then I Don’t Want To Know You…

There’s something to be said for talking to people who share certain traits. I am a trans woman. I make no bones about it and don’t hide it. Not do I go around shouting about it. I inform the people who need to know and then leave others to form their own opinions. Maybe its wrong, maybe its different but, either way, its just the way I am. This is the only time I am going to shout about it. TechStart is a trans friendly space. Its the only way I can put it.

If you are a trans woman in the Aldershot/Farnborough/Farnham area, (or any other area for that matter and can travel), and need a safe space to volunteer for your RLE or any other reason, then come to TechStart and ask for Christine.

If you’re unsure then email me and we can talk. christine.anderson@techstart.org.uk

We really are here to help.

By Way of an Explanation….

I think its a good idea for me to quickly explain the title of my previous entry before anyone thinks I am a pretentious idiot who thinks she’s clever. It’s a Latin translation of “I do not have time to bleed” which, in turn, is a posh version of Jessie Ventura’s line in Predator:

Poncho: You’re bleeding, man. You’re hit.
Blain: I ain’t got time to bleed.
Poncho: [Confused] Oh… Okay…
Poncho: [Poncho shoots a bunch of grenades up to the top of the cliff] You got time to duck?

Its geek humour and a comment on how busy we get.

Nothing Important Happened Today…

Great. Start my new blog by ripping off the X-Files. Its true though. A very quiet day. It usually is on a Tuesday, since we’re closed to the public. We use Tuesdays to sort stuff out, like the network, servers and general maintenance. Oh, and building Linux suites. Something that Mark and I were doing tonight.

Mark decided he didn’t really like the seating area at the front of the store and wanted to do something with it. I remarked that with the continued rise of the Linux desktop distro’s it might be a good idea to have an area where our customers can try out Linux. He agreed so we started pulling everything apart and rebuilding. Both of us have a bit of an ‘over the top’ view of how things should look so, dual screens on everything, big network switch, everything in black. I had to leave before we’d finished so I left Mark to it. My job for the morning is to install the OS’s. We’re thinking Elementry OS, Mint 17 and Zorin, three of the easiest distro’s to use for non-Linux users. I also need to put in a new router to isolate this small network from the rest but still give it internet access. Should be fun.

So, if you’ve never used Linux, come down to TechStart and give it a try. You never know, you may like it.


Day off, Get Bored, Start Blog…

The title says it all I suppose. Having been woken by the dog at 7am and not needing to get ready for work, I was immediately on the computer. After absorbing the news sites, Twitter and Facebook, (yes, to my never ending shame, I do like to read a bit of gossip), I sat back and wondered what to do. After coming up blank on my other blogs, staring at the screen, unable to think of a thing to write, I thought about my current position, and so The Diary was born.

I’m the Assistant Manager for a community interest project called TechStart, based in my home town of Aldershot. I’m also the network designer and systems admin. My boss Mark and I also fulfil the roles of customer service engineers, IT trainers and sales engineers. This means I am many things within TechStart, as is Mark. I am also a woman (as if the header page isn’t a dead giveaway), which means that, in the great, seemingly male-dominated world of IT, there can be extra obstacles to overcome. This blog is the result of wanting to see, and share, those obstacles, if and when encountered, and share them, in the hope that it may help, in some small way, to reduce or even eliminate them.

I am also trans, (another dead giveaway in the header), giving rise to a completely separate set of problems that only trans people will encounter, so I will write about these as well, for much the same reasons.

To be perfectly honest, I haven’t gone into this with any great deal of planning. Its not going to be filled with long-winded analyses of situations, (although I will talk about them), nor is it a platform for insults, slanging matches, take-downs or other bad behaviour (not that I do such things). There may be days that I miss, days that I am so tired I cannot post , but generally I will try to keep up.

Christine x