Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Living Stereotypes

My company is in talks to buy another company that makes this software that's supposed to be super top-of-the-line, innovative, ahead of its time, nothing else out there as advanced etc.

We offered them one amount, they counter offered with (literally) 20 times that amount.

Today I'm playing around with it and it's like using AOL 3.0 with a dial-up modem.  I cannot believe how slow and buggy this stuff is!  Makes me wonder if I could just make my own version that would actually work.  I started googling how to build a GUI but then it got real advanced real quick and, well, I figured I might as well catch up on "Halt and Catch Fire" on AMC instead.

shit: elie tahari colorblock cowl top || skirt: j. crew number 2 pencil || bag: balenciaga black RH city || shoes: tory burch reva flats

It rained the Fourth of July so no, I didn't get tan.  I'm working on it though, I swear.

Anyway, "Halt and Catch Fire" is AMC's new show about the personal computer revolution and naturally there's a token woman in the crew and she's a Lisbeth Salander-esque promiscuous, punk rock enjoying antisocial coder girl.  I got excited when we met the head engineer's wife, also an engineer, who appears to be incredibly smart and capable and a good mother to boot.  Maybe this show will transcend above those "girls who do computer stuff are weird" stereotypes, but I doubt it.

Our lone beacon of hope decided to give up on doing her own work in favor of doing work for her husband, which he did not even give her credit for.  Now what real career-minded person would risk their own job to help someone else?  Sure, help them on your own time, but it's okay to be a woman and say no when someone asks you for help and you aren't physically/mentally incapable of doing it.  I hope in the future she tells him to fuck off and finishes her own shit first, but based on the way the show is being sure to show her insecurities about his female coworker and her flirting with her boss (how else would she get ahead?), it doesn't look like it's going to happen.

It's a good show but there's a lot of technical talk that will probably alienate most viewers.  I work with I/O for a living and found some of the stuff in the first episode, entitled "I/O", to be way too heavy for post-10 PM TV watching.  It's something to do though now that Orphan Black and Mad Men aren't on, so if you're bored and didn't hate "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (the book) as much as I did, it could be worth a shot.

Anyone else watching?

Oh, and does anyone know where I should start with trying to figure out how to make an interface that integrates the software I use now and the new stuff that sucks?

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