Gamerbrain sent me a short note asking me to "update your profile under the advisor section" and I did, eventually, but wow it took me a while! I could not find this "advisor section" of my profile!! Finally it ocurred to me that maybe there was more to that little Edit link than meets the eye. Sure enough, I clicked on Edit (which could be described as Simply Following Directions, update == edit) and there were four tabs worth of data to edit. Oh. (blush)
Here are some of my qualifications for being an advisor: I have a BA in CS from Berkeley, albeit a long time ago (1983). I worked for a part of Sun Microsystems called Javasoft in its heyday, but it was after I'd switched over to the dark side (management) so I did not code in Java, but I know lots of cool people who do. All my Object Oriented Programming (OOP) experience was with C or C++. Yes, it is possible to do OOP with C, you just have to follow a bunch of extra rules, and it is not as nice as with other more modern languages. Now, I am a huge fan of Greenfoot, and after being asked to recently review some Java programming text books, I decided to work through the Objects First with Java programming book just for fun. Partly I was provoked by someone who said "you can't really truly do objects first." I am loving the Objects First book, and may be in danger of becoming an objects first fanatic.
A word about my name, ecowannabe. It is true that I want to be (wannabe) eco and dream of ways to combine my information technology skills with the new world of green. But I am also amused by the name if you pronounce it as I've written in the title, e-co-wa-NAH-be, the end sort of rhyming with Obiwankanobe (had to look that up). Not that I would want to be Obiwankanobe, but I do like his name.
Towards my eco dream, I am currently learning about a company called AMEE, the world's energy meter. AMEE’s aim is to map, measure and track all the energy data on Earth. They are very much into transparency and open source, which makes it easy for people who can code to use their data to do Interesting Things with it, things that will shed new light on energy patterns and help change policies and behaviors. What would you do if you had access to all the energy data on Earth?