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Sundays at ACLTC are the most intense days we have since we are able to go for 8 hours learning and coding. It is a long day but it also is the most amazing environment and experience. Yesterday we actually took pictures… not my favorite thing in the world but alas it can’t all be fun and games, right?

As has become a habit with me I talk to myself out loud when coding… or basically when concentrating. It’s a low mumble hopefully that does not annoy others; however, there is one thing I tend to shout – “Stupid J!!” It should be noted at this point that our instructor is named Jay and is a very nice guy whom I would never yell such words to despite some of the challenging exercises he dishes out with maniacal pleasure – really you should see the little glint he gets in his eyes! The reason for my Tourette’s like outbursts is because my MacBook Air has a few letters that like to pop off every now and again but that “J” never cooperates!MyMac2This can be annoying at times but this is my first Mac… the first Mac I invested in bought last summer off of Craigslist after attempting to code using a PC. That was a real challenge especially since every place I went with more experienced developers consisted on Mac users only. I had always wanted a Mac (after all use iPhones and iPads exclusively) but they are quite expensive. Yes my little MacBook Air is a bit older… and smaller… than that of most developers BUT it is a hardworking machine and honestly is the most I can afford. After all, I’ve not gotten a developer’s salary quite yet. I do plan to upgrade eventually but this one has travelled from meet-up to meet-up with me, allowed me to begin coding and just makes me proud. It runs a bit slower than desired and has its quirks… as my instructor found out yesterday but it’s mine all mine and 100% paid for. I also think my perspective is a bit different than some… in that of all the obstacles that I have to overcome and things to worry about on my path to becoming a developer this is so very insignificant. This is just life as an urban geekmom in my experience.  I am thankful to have this Mac and until I can afford better it will have to suffice.

Plus, I love my little Mac…. it’s making me a developer and that is priceless.
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