Geek heroine Jeri Ellsworth put up a YouTube video explaining how she might build a $10 version of the $5000 audible turn warning system recently installed on Portland public busses. In the comments, someone posting as "peterbartek" (the name of the CEO of TranCert Marketing, the company that installed the $5,000 systems under discussion) told Ellsworth that her video had "set back the progress of women 100 years" by criticizing the company's products. Peterbartek went on to talk in detail about the company's products and the complexities in designing "mitigating devices."
But when Ellsworth's supporters called Peter Bartek to task for telling her that she had betrayed her gender by criticizing his products (one Ellsworth Twitter follower wrote ""@peterbartek The only way Jeri Ellsworth could set back women 100 years would be by developing aï»¿ time machine in her guest room."), Bartek claimed that his YouTube account had been hacked, disclaimed all responsibility for the discussion, and then stopped answering emails altogether.
Phil Torrone at Make is skeptical of this story about hackers, and instead believes that Bartek was engaging in the long engineering tradition of crapping on women for being women:
When people ask me (or my partner, a female engineer) why we don't see as many women posting their projects, or participating as much online in the engineering community, we usually give specific examples instead of speculating "why?" Here's a good example that really got us upset (TriMet's talking buses, YouTube, sexism, online imposters: It's complicated By Joseph Rose, The Oregonian). Read the rest
Jeri Ellsworth created this remarkable Commodore-64-emulated-NES-in-a-handbag -- she's also the hacker who reverse-engineered the Commodore 64 and came up with the C64-on-a-chip design.
Jeri's nifty Nintendo/C64 purse
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In this episode of Make: Talk, we'll be joined by Jeri Ellsworth, a pinball fanatic and hardware hacker. You might remember her as the chip designer who Easter egged a Commodore 64 emulator in a video game joystick. We'll also present some news from the world of making, and our favorite tricks, tips, and tools of the week. Be sure to call in for prizes that we'll award during the program! The number is (646) 915-8698.
Below is the show player, where you can listen to the live program on Friday, and to past episodes.
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