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Women in IT: Lynn Jackson (gadgetgirl), Incident Investigation

In the second podcast of the Women in IT series on TechRepublic, I interviewed TechRepublic member Lynn Jackson, who the TechRepublic community knows and loves as gadgetgirl.

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In the second podcast of the Women in IT series on TechRepublic, I interviewed TechRepublic member Lynn Jackson, who the TechRepublic community knows and loves as gadgetgirl.

"I fell into IT purely because my computer broke." -- Lynn Jackson

Even though Lynn's accent isn't as obvious within the TechRepublic forums, many of her peers know that she resides in the United Kingdom. Her "cup of tea" -- as I playfully prompted -- is incident investigation, with a definite U.K. slant on the legal side. I'm sure that there were some silly stories up her sleeve that she could have shared from the trenches, but confidentiality prevented her from revealing any dirt.

Here are a few things that you may not know about TechRepublic's gadgetgirl:

  • She initially got into security because she's a lover of animals (you have to listen to the podcast to understand)
  • Even though she's gadget mad, she doesn't want an iPhone
  • She speaks Geordie, which is a regional dialect of the northeast of England

Find out how Lynn would run her own security department if she had the opportunity, what advice she gives to girls who are considering a career in IT, and the top three gadgets on her current favorites list. Listen to Lynn's podcast in the Women in IT series.

About

Sonja Thompson has worked for TechRepublic since October of 1999. She is currently a Senior Editor and the host of the Smartphones and Tablets blogs.

42 comments
boxfiddler
boxfiddler

man, love that accent! :D I am totally wowed by the notion that you 'just fell into IT'. And you are enthusiastic about what you do. Security - on a home user level - is one of my interests. Great work!

viruser
viruser

:D Loved the interview!! Look at TR strengthening family bonds :)

faradhi
faradhi

Great Job GG and Sonja!

Neil Higgins
Neil Higgins

Sonja saying "old-farts" on TR.lol I liked the podcast,as it puts that "human" touch to fellow members.The Geordie "speak" towards the end was great. Nice one.Informative,and interesting.

scowen
scowen

http://www.geordie.org.uk/ This should help with any translation problems. Good to here someone from Gods country on TechRepublic.

gadgetgirl
gadgetgirl

funnily enough, that was the bookmark I was trying to find on Friday! Thanks! - as long as it covers a bit of Ashingtonian, they'll see I was being my usual truthful self! Cram? Hey, I lived there till 1984! Beaconhill Glade, to be precise! I think that with you, that makes four of us from Gods Own Country on here! Feel free to pm me if you're "ga'an doon the toon" anytime..... :p GG

DadsPad
DadsPad

It was one of my favorite cartoon characters from Sat. morn cartoons. :D edited to keep my wife :)

Old-Fart-IV
Old-Fart-IV

Very interesting way to get into IT Security and I'm glad that you shared your experience. I also enjoyed the Geordie, but agree with others -- how do we know the translation of what you said is correct? I will send this pod-cast to a certain young lady who is thinking about a career in IT - she was already sent Tigger-Two's Interview

gadgetgirl
gadgetgirl

cunning plan..... I'll work on it over the weekend, but you may get proof of the translation yet! GG

neilb
neilb

that Sonja has got... Canny interview, Gadgie! :x

gadgetgirl
gadgetgirl

You had me laughing out loud, literally, with that one! GG

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

Interesting that you infected us all with that language :0 :^0 It actually was interesting hearing it spoken aloud though. personally I couldnt understand it till the translation, but still good. also good to put a voice to those words on the screen.

gadgetgirl
gadgetgirl

.... sheesh! It's not contagious, you know! (now, had you heard the giggling that went on between Sonja and I whilst we were trying to do this, now that really would have been infectious! The poor girl must have worn out fingers from editing.....!) GG

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

edited soooo much. That might have been interesting too! So do you have the full dialogue???

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

to hear a 'gigglefit' from GG now.... what was the cost again???

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

Just teasing, GG. :-) Having a transcript might not be a bad idea for future podcasts, though. You know, I usually save a version of the original and modify the copy, but I regretfully got carried away with the shaving and deleting on this one and then saved it before really thinking clearly. Yes, our conversation took a couple far out curves, and I'm still smiling remembering your laugh, GG. Thanks again for a great podcast.

gadgetgirl
gadgetgirl

Sonja did a straight record, which must have lasted around 30 minutes. Yeah, ok, the podcast is 10, but you have to realise that it takes aaaaaagggggeeeeeeess for me to recover from a gigglefit - and the fact that Sonja and I kept starting each other off laughing made it worse. I even admit to the odd corpse or two on that recording! I trust Sonja to have totally destroyed all evidence! (I'll pay! I'll pay!) GG

Tig2
Tig2

It was so good to finally hear your voice!!! We must Skype. I think this comp will do it. GG, you were brilliant! I will bet that Neil is about toasting himself for standing you up! I can't tell you. It was just so good to hear your voice... We are so much the same creature... You were brill, just brill. Now to download Skype so we can talk...

psdotnet
psdotnet

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Tig2
Tig2

Why you think that your remark is even remotely acceptable. I will do you the courtesy of reporting it as spam and assuming that you have completely taken leave of your senses.

Tig2
Tig2

And I have not a clue how to proceed! Incidentally, the other half is proud to have contributed to MI5... Don't tell him, he doesn't want to know... He is happy to have given something useful to... Jayne Bond. Peer me!

gadgetgirl
gadgetgirl

can sort you out with skype no problem. Just got back into the office, trying to cram lunch down my throat, but I'll pm you as soon as time allows. Wierd, isn't it? I felt as if I already knew your voice, just hadn't heard it in a while! :x to Mike from JB! :p :D ;) GG Edit: your pm should be there by now!

OnTheRopes
OnTheRopes

Thanks go out to both Sonja and Lynn. Enjoyed it. This series makes the community aspect of TR more real.

gadgetgirl
gadgetgirl

you know I'm all real! Even the lack of height is authentic! :x GG

OnTheRopes
OnTheRopes

I know you're real. Not too sure about your email though.

jdclyde
jdclyde

Second in a series, and very well done. Great to hear how people actually find themselves where they are now because so much just "happens" in ways we never expected. You didn't mention if you have done the update to your office-on-a-stick yet? A new discussion maybe? The big question, we need someone else from the UK to make sure she said what she SAID she said! :0 I can just imagine what she would say if she thought she could get away with it on a global scale? oh my! ;\ Well done my dear, and long live the Queen. :x

Shellbot
Shellbot

Finally listened to your interview..nice one :) I've been over this side of the world too long, your accent sounded normal to me!! :)

gadgetgirl
gadgetgirl

I've got everything I now need on my stick-office, so yes, it's about time I did an update discussion for that (not now! too busy!) I definitely said what I said, and you know I said what I said, you just can't be sure that I said what I said.... watch this space *discussion* :p GG

jdclyde
jdclyde

and I bet many of the newer members don't know is that you really ARE the Queen, and I wasn't just saying that to suck up. :D Haven't seen the king around for several months though.... :(

DanLM
DanLM

And thank you for your insight for younger girls thinking of going into IT. Very good point that there is enough different area's that there something for everyone. Very cool. Dan

maecuff
maecuff

I'm listening to you right now! This is just awesome. It's like you're here in my bedroom. In which case, why aren't you helping fold laundry??

gadgetgirl
gadgetgirl

you just hadn't noticed, you were too busy trying to work out what the heck I was saying..... :p :D Cheers, Mae! GG

DadsPad
DadsPad

the podcast was so slow and broken up I could not hear the whole thing. I knew Gadget was intelligent, but wow, now she is brilliant!!! Great going gadget. :D

jdclyde
jdclyde

Right click and download the MP3 file. Then listen to it locally, not streaming. Oh yeah, she is hot too! :x THAT is what is needed, their PICTURE at the top, like they do for the bloggers!

jdclyde
jdclyde

if it is unwanted and/or undeserved. :D I KNOW gg took it as the grand complement that it was intended to be, because she is! :x History? This woman has been the greatest to me, both on and off the board. Not everyone needs to be rescued, and she would tell me a what-for and give me a good spanking if I behave myself. ;\

DadsPad
DadsPad

That is most important. Most of the regulars will go to great lengths not to offend anyone they do not know, unless that person starts it. Read around a little in the off-topic, you may find some kindred friends.

chaneys
chaneys

It's only harrassment if the person is offended AND you work with them. Selina, if I say you are hot and have a great bod, what are you going to do? You can't sue me, or get me into trouble. Forget the harrassment card unless it's really called for. I've had women at work say I have nice legs when I wear shorts. I've even had a manager (not mine) say that I could wear shorts any time I wanted to as long as I walked past her office a couple of times a day!!! Offended; no. Embarrassed; slightly. Wear shorts; DEFINITLY!!!

selinapostgate
selinapostgate

Okay, point taken Neil, and thanks for putting it so nicely. As for the pic, just imagine a fat, balding, middle-aged, bad-tempered old grump like most of the men in IT and you'll not be far wrong. Except I do still have my hair, lol.

neilb
neilb

Selina, there's absolutely no reason why you should know it but there's a lot of (on-line) history between GG and JD. Most of the 'off-topic' regulars would know that as a typical jd post and that GG would take the post in the manner in which it was intended. I'm one hundred percent certain that GG doesn't mind one bit! Neil :D Now, we get very few babes on this board so any chance of a peer-mail with a pic... :p JOKE! JOKE !

selinapostgate
selinapostgate

Jeeez, and then you guys wonder why there aren't many women in IT. I don't know whether gadgetgirl minds being called "hot", but how do you think all the "not-so-hot" women feel who read comments like that? That's harassment. Don't you recognise it? Whassatyousay? I've got sense of humour failure? So would you have after all these years...

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