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Barbie has a new career: Computer Engineer

Barbie has moved into the world of Computer engineering and she's got the pink laptop and bluetooth headset to prove it!

I don't want to date myself too much but when I was a kid, Barbie dolls were either trophy wives or single girls whose daily activities consisted solely of driving around in a Corvette convertible and being tan.

There was some consolation a few years ago when Mattel began marketing Barbie in job roles in the hopes of not only being more realistic (after all, those pink raincoats don't pay for themselves!) but also in encouraging little girls to set goals more lofty than a two-inch waist. Called the I Can Be line, Barbies now come in Barbie Vet, Nascar Driver Barbie (even before Danica Patrick!), who is only slightly larger than an actual Barbie), Paleontologist Barbie, Police Officer Barbie, and I could just go on and on.

So Mattel decided to run a vote-in contest for what job role the newest Barbie would have. And the winner of the popular vote was Computer Engineer.

Now if you're always on the lookout for frontiers in the gender equality movement, don't get real excited. Computer Engineer Barbie comes with a pink laptop and matching pink shoes and eyeglasses, but I guess if there weren't stereotypical lengths to go to, Computer Engineer Barbie might not have happened at all. After all, pink is her signature color.

And just to throw one more thought out there for debate: Apparently she's running Linux.

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17 comments
jck
jck

Barbie, because she's the newest engineer, would get laid off in a tech downturn and either have to consider careers she doesn't want or go on unemployment/welfare. But, Barbie world won't ever go there...wish the real world wouldn't have either. 2 downturns in tech in a decade was enough.

Slayer_
Slayer_

A Sexual harassment department just for her.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Thankfully, the MacBook doesn't come in pink.

1Cat2Many
1Cat2Many

Real computer engineers program on bare metal, we don't need no stinking operating system!

john.a.wills
john.a.wills

There is in my experience no worse mainframe programming environment (and I have worked on 8) than Unix. It is sad that such a bad example is getting given to young girls.

DMambo
DMambo

for the refrigerator repairbarbie. I wonder if her pants will stay up over the one anatomically-correct part that she has.

Thompson
Thompson

Finally, with the 28 years I've devoted to my IT career and someone at Mattel got it right.

Tig2
Tig2

You can even get it with a pink ribbon. Custom job but I know of a few. A pink ribbon goes with EVERYTHING, dahling!

smoran
smoran

try programing using punch cards! and then bad mouth Unix. Sorry that unix does not have nice little icon that say click here to fix your coding errors. peace

Slayer_
Slayer_

Also you cant lead your title with Linux is rotten then bash Unix. Your gonna get yourself shot by the TR Gang

blainem
blainem

Won't Red Hat clash with her outfit?

prush
prush

USB drives/lipstick (with real pink lipstick) wireless mouse/compact mirror Hair spray/air can neon pink motherboards The possibilities are endless..

john.a.wills
john.a.wills

and punch tape. My point is that the unices are, as programming environments, far harder to work with than, say HP MPE. This is not so much a matter of tools - although the boundary is not sharp - as of the file system, compiler features, standard listings, etc. Unix reminds me of OS/8 on the PDP-8, except that the PDP had better listings. Second to Unix, by the way, comes IBM MVS, even though TSO and ISPF make it a distant second.

AstroCreep
AstroCreep

...so maybe she should be wearing a red hat like the other old ladies who go to the mall and/or restaurants in groups.

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