How to Be a Geek Goddess


Book: Practical Advice for Using Computers with Smarts & Style (2008)

My book — How to Be a Geek Goddess (No Starch Press, 2008) — is a primer on technology for women, who are— or were then — often treated like mere eye candy by the largely male technology industry. I make a lot of jokes at the expense of the guys. (But not as many as they deserved.) The book is dated (though the jokes aren’t) because technology changes very quickly and 2008 is a long time ago. It’s not as long ago in the world of women working in tech, unfortunately. But it was a lot worse then. It was a surprise to many people that women were even interested in computers, at the time. That the first coder was a woman? It wasn’t really even safe to say that in many nerd gatherings. 

My favorite review was in the New York Times:

“Whether the topic is shopping for a new computer, trolling the net for good deals on flash drives or researching a cell phone, women are just as hungry for gadget data and input as are males, says author Christina Tynan-Wood. Her credentials are up to snuff: she’s written about this stuff for years, and keeps up with the personal-tech program by blogging at, where she describes the size of some memory cards as “teensy weensy.” The site is savvy and current.

“Women are working, raising kids, taking care of parents, and running businesses as well as homes,” she says. “They need time-saving and organizing tools, but they also need to grasp technology in order to help their kids navigate it.”

In the book, Ms. Tynan-Wood address the Apple-Windows decision, ergonomics for avoiding the strained wrist and even that minefield that confounds the best of us: setting up a Wi-Fi network. In a chapter called “The Sexy Geek,” there’s info about virtual romances.”

Gadgetwise, The New York Times

I wrote it because most of the tech coverage I wrote for years for PC World, PC Magazine, and many others was targeted exclusively at male readers.  Women were almost completely ignored as potential buyers and users of technology, even though we were often buying for ourselves as well as our parents and kids.

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