mrs programmer

since the onset of blogs, i’m hook to it like it’s the primetime telenovela.all the books i read lately are all computer books. i mean not those textbooks that would teach you programming language (mmmm… i can’t think of an example of programming language right now).

with my addiction to blog, somehow i develop a short attention span, which makes reading a novel is such a task already to me. so i never get to finish any novels because i get tired and lose interest before i reach the ‘thrilling’ part of the book; unlike blog which is straight to the point, and it’s okay to skip some part if it does not interest you. so i have lots of books which i bought that are still unread. and what i love most reading these kind of books is that i can read them in a blog-like style, which if i don’t like a chapter, i can just skip (and go back to it if i’m ready to endure it)  

i found myself reading computer/programming related books lately. i’m not referring to books about programming languages though but books written by programmers, by people in that industry, the business side/anecdotes of that industry. it’s like hollywood/rags-to-riches/lifesyle-of-rich-and-famous/we-work-for-fun-not-for-money kind of stories, too-good-to-be-true kind of stories, the feel-good stories — my bowl of rice. =)

the books somehow depict programmers/software/tech/computer industry in the US as like silicon valley is the equivalent of hollywood only there’s no paris hilton but brains/geeks/nerds, where  under 30 years old kid are already millionaire, where computer software/hardware companies are like to die for to get into them.

but it’s only in the US, pro’lly only in the books. as here in the philippines, it’s totally a different story. based on a ‘minimal’ experience, when not-so-tech people asked me what’s my husband’s job, and i’d reply ‘programmer,’ i always get a ‘what’s-that’s-again’ look. and, the usual impressions are:

1. kabawo moayo’g computer imo bana? — yes, he can (if he’s not lazy), and so are mostly of the school-age kids nowadays. but people who fix computer is called computer technician. i mean programmer can be a technician, but technician does not necessarily mean they also program. i’m not being OA ha, i’m just trying to drive a point. =)

2. naa mo internet cafe — when i was working out papers for DTI/BIR and other governement agencies for the registration of their office and also with pag-ibig for the housing loan, when they’d see ‘programmer’ as the job title/occupation, their first reaction would be if we’re having an ‘internet cafe’ business. i guess, again, one not need to be a programmer to open up an internet cafe business.

3. mamaligya mo og computer — if my answer to #2 is ‘no,’ their follow-up question would be if we’d be selling computers. hay, no, we’re not that rich to afford a capital of selling computers. duh.

4. manghimo og website imo bana yes, and any body who knows basic html can make one. =) i guess, this is the closest impression to what a programmer is.

5. I even have a friend who asked if my husband can make a company LOGO for their website. does my husband appear to her as an artist?

having a husband who is into computer, people would then assume that i, automatically, knows a great deal about computers. so when relatives are planning to buy computers, they would call and ask me regarding what specs/brand to buy. or, they would ask advice on what went wrong with their computers and how to fix it. only my husband is computer, not me.

later on, i develop a template answer for those not-so-techy people who would ask about my husband’s job. i’d tell them, ‘naa sa mandaue ako bana nagtrabaho,’ to cut the story short.