Documentation, Ethics, Technology

I never asked for a raise, but I did get sexually harassed at Microsoft.

“Knowing and having faith that the system … that might be one of the additional super powers, that quite frankly, that women who don’t ask for raises have… because that’s good karma. It will come back.”—Nadella, at the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference

“I’m absolutely reeling,” said Rachel Sklar, who in 2010 founded Change the Ratio, a group focused on increasing visibility for women in tech. “He put to words the massive fear women have in asking for raises and told them to trust in a system that is proven to be broken.”

Nadella also said he would “not fall for the crutch of the supply-side excuse” of women in tech, and that Microsoft was attempting to improve, despite recently released Microsoft diversity numbers that were similarly dismal to most tech companies. He advised women to be persistent in breaking into the industry.

I wonder what the percentage was when I was at Microsoft?

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Crazy
Technology

Yes, I’m crazy.

It seems as though we’ve lost sight of the fact that it can be a compliment to be considered crazy.

When I feel a little odd, that my ideas don’t quite jive with others around me, I find myself in the words of Apple’s Think Different campaign.

I’ll tell you what, I’m proud when someone calls me crazy! They remind me that I can change the world. They honor me by putting me among the crazy people I admire most… Jim Henson & Kermit the Frog (it’s not easy being green!), Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Amelia Earhart, Martin Luther King, Jr., Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Miles Davis, Alfred Hitchcock, Gandhi, Pablo Picasso, Ansel Adams, Frank Lloyd Wright, and yes, even Richard Branson and Seinfeld.

Here’s to the crazy ones…

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

Yes, I’m crazy. I was raised that way… I blame my mother, and Jim Henson. Momma taught me to think different—and man, oh man, is my momma crazy! Jim Henson stepped in where my daddy would have been—he taught me different is good. Daddy would be proud.

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