About Me

Who am I?

Hah. Good question! My name is Claire. I’m 32, I’m in that rare breed of girls who are also geeky, and I live in the great Pacific Northwest. I suppose that gets the basics out of the way.

I’m atypical in just about every way. I’m a girl, but I’m not a girly girl (or butch). I was raised Christian and am agnostic now, since Christians are kind of nuts, and definitely Libertarian. I get my entertainment from trolling people on the Internet…especially on IRC.

I have two cats named Ninja and Teddy (short for Ted Williams) and a dog named Yaz (short for Carl Yastrzemski). They are pretty awesome and way better than kids.

My music and movie tastes are wildly varied. If you don’t like what I like, or you like what I hate, that automatically means you suck and I rule. That’s how the game works – I don’t make the rules; I just enforce them. I’m a Red Sox fan since my fiance is from Boston. You can’t marry someone from Boston and be anything but a Sox fan. It’s not allowed.

I’m a Grammar Naziā„¢. To an extreme. I don’t tolerate bad grammar or spelling from anyone, unless English is very obviously not your first language. I take full liberty to edit any comments on my posts in order to correct flagrant errors and/or stupidity. I sometimes make exceptions for hanging prepositions, as sentences sometimes sound awkward written any other way.

What do I do?

I graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in May 2006 with a degree in Computer Information Technology from Purdue. Not knowing what I actually wanted to *do*, I ended up working for about two years at Cummins Inc. (formerly Cummins Engine Company) as a sort of project manger and support manager. After working there for a couple years, I realized that my true calling was web development. I started looking for work, without much success.

In February 2008, I started dating a guy who lived in West Lafayette. That didn’t work out (on so many levels), but visiting him several times got me thinking about moving out of Indianapolis. Until then, I’d only really thought about living in Indy. In fact, at that point I was literally days away from making an offer on a nice condo on the near North side. I figured I’d just always live in Indy – it’s where I grew up, some of my family was there, and it was familiar.

However, finding work as a web developer isn’t that easy, especially since I didn’t actually have any formal experience, aside from one three-month summer internship at Cummins in 2005. When I looked at what might be available at Purdue University, I was faced with a good number of positions for which I was actually qualified. I ended up getting an interview (and subsequent offer) to work within the Teaching & Learning Technologies division of Purdue’s IT department (ITaP, or “IT at Purdue”).

I worked at Purdue until mid September 2009, when I moved with my then-partner to Fairfax, Virginia, which is part of the greater Washington, D.C. metro area. In February 2010, I started working at a retail Apple Store as a Genius. I worked for a couple years as a federal contractor at the USDA, doing tier 2 support, and found myself unemployed again after that contract was defunded.

Nine long and difficult months later I found a job working at the Microsoft Store at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City (which is a really fancy name for a shopping mall). I worked there as a service advisor doing consumer tech support for about eighteen months, until I was able to finally find a position at Microsoft corporate. I love working for Microsoft and hope to spend the rest of my career with this company. I’m currently doing white glove Exchange Online support for some of the company’s biggest Office 365 customers, but where I’ll go next is still a bit up in the air. I’m looking forward to seeing where my career takes me.

What do I have?


I kid, I kid. I’m laughing as I write that.

Sorry. I’ll be serious now. I’m a hardcore computer geek. I used to just be into the software/OS side, but I’ve become more of a hardware geek lately. I own several a crapton of computers, and lots and lots of peripherals.

Let’s see…my main machine is a homebuilt i5 running Windows 7 Windows 10. My server is a homebuilt i3 running Windows Server 2008 R2. We also have an AMD-based Linux server that does Linuxy stuff (and hosts an Apple File Protocol share for our vintage Macs), and an Intel Core 2 Duo running Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Core for hosting virtual machines.

I used to list all my computers here, but they keep changing, so that’d be a PITA to keep updated.

Of note:

  • A heavily-modified tangerine clamshell iBook G3. Mods include a DVD/CD-RW combo drive and a 1024×768 XGA display, along with an upgraded 466MHz motherboard.
  • My gaming laptop, a Dell Latitude E6410 Dell Alienware 13 (2014). It’s awesome.
  • Currently my vintage project – an Apple Macintosh IIci with a 68040 50Mhz DayStar CPU upgrade.
  • My out-of-commission vintage project – an Apple Macintosh SE/30. I need to either fix the CRT or install an LCD.

I love, love, love vintage Macs. I don’t even know why, but I do. There’s something really quaint and endearing about them. So far I’ve amassed:

  • Tangerine iBook G3 (heavily modded and completely fantastic)
  • Classic II
  • SE/30
  • IIci (with a DayStar 68040 CPU card and OS 8.1 installed)
  • Digital Audio Power Mac G4 (in a B&W G3 case with a 1.8GHz Sonnet CPU upgrade)
  • iMac G5 (17″, pre-ALS, and soooo slow)
  • iMac G3 (first gen 15″ with OS 9 installed)
  • Wallstreet II PowerBook G3
  • Pismo PowerBook G3
  • PowerBook 5300c (with the 64MB RAM upgrade!)
  • 12″ 1.25GHz PowerBook G4 (one of my holy grail computers)
  • MacBook Air (second gen)

I’m also a bit of a wannabe gamer and have a lot of video game consoles. My SO and I are big into retro gaming and have recently started acquiring older consoles, like a ColecoVision and a bunch of Sega stuff. I also have an original Game Boy Advance with an Advance SP AGS-101 backlit display installed for maximum display goodness. Oh, and I have three Nintendo 3DSes. Why? Because three is better than one! It’s also because I got the New 3DS for Christmas and then bought a Japanese one a few months later so I could play one Japanese-only 3DS game that I really wanted to play. Stupid region locking.


I’m awesome. That is all.

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