June 15th, 2004

buzzed, B&W

Gender stereotypes

So, I was reading blogcritics for the first time in a while. For those who aren't familiar, blogcritics is a meta-blog that pulls from other blogs. So I read this post about an IT specialist who was doing a service call. Interesting read, both from the perspective of how technology has affected society, and also well written.

Anyway, I was surprised by how when I was reading it and I got to the part that read "not much on my mind besides a sexy dress I wanted and a pair of earrings that I would love to have" I had to pause, and re-read the line, just then recognizing that the writer was female. I had made the assumption that since it was an IT person and a blogger it was a male. Of course, if I had read it off the author's page, I would have realized it was a female. Females in IT are somewhat scarce. Of course, now I'm wondering what the demographics of bloggers are . . . and I wonder how the two groups are related? i.e. What percentage of bloggers are in IT?
buzzed, B&W

Stupidity

Bleh, I don't like spell check. Okay, I take that back, I like inline spell checking, but I don't like "batch" spell checking. When words are underlined or somehow marked while I'm typing that they're incorrect, then I don't mind fixing them.

I find that with spell checking at the end of writing or before submitting (i.e. in Semagic or Outlook) I usually just end up hitting "ignore" because 90% of the mistakes that are found are from using acronyms, slang, or jargon. Because I'm hitting ignore so quickly, I often end up skipping past mistakes. I wonder if this would be different if I made a high percentage of mistakes. I generally don't make typos, so like I said, I usually have to hit ignore for things that aren't in the dictionary. Now, if I were an atrocious speller, I wonder if I would pay more attention to spell check. I wonder what HCI research suggests . . .