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December 20, 2004

The woman behind the joystick

Dropping out of high school doesn't normally put you on the path to success, but Jeri Ellsworth is an exception. This enthusiastic hobbyist left school to pursue her successful side gig designing custom race cars, and went on to found and run a small chain of computer stores in her 20s. Today, her C64  which contains 30 Commodore 64 games in one joystick (remember those?) is a big seller on the QVC channel. (After you finish playing, hit the books, kids!)

--> "A Toy With a Story", John Markoff, New York Times, December 20, 2004, http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/20/ technology/20joystick.html?pagewanted=1

December 2, 2004

"Her So-Called Digital Life"

"Survivalists live off the grid, but Hodder hates being without it -- even for a few minutes. She's more of an interface grrl. 'I will go far out of my way to get my next connection to the internet, via phone or my laptop,' she said. 'It's everything.'" According to Wired Magazine, Internet consultant Mary Hodder is our future, as more and more of us depend on the Internet and always-on communication tools.

--> "Her So-Called Digital Life", Adam L. Penenberg, Wired, December 2, 2004, http://wired.com/news/ culture/0,1284,65890,00.html