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> Title "Text Only"
> Saturday 27 November 2010
> 12:00 - 17:00
> Give - what it is worth
> Open to all "fringe characters" (women, men, activists)
> At Wolfart Projectspaces
> Wolphaertstraat 25 b/c
> 3082 BK Rotterdam

The "Text Only" workshop will introduce participants to interacting with the computer operating system from a command line interface. In Windows terminology one would run a DOS "box", while in Linux and Mac OS X the terminal window gives access to a prompt from which to send commands to the computer. The more familiar one gets in this text only environment the more you can do with your computer :)!

The "Computer hardware crash course" is a good way of getting to know what a computer is. But nowyou want to Do something with it. The idea for a "next level" workshop has been around for a while and is finally going to be put into practice. How do you interface with the computer from a prompt, command line, shell, terminal or virtual console? For us the workshop is ready to be tested and tweaked, but we need feedabck. In other words the purpose of this afternoon is not only to present it but also to improve it!
The first part (+/- 2 hours) will include:
* what is "the prompt"?
* traversing the computer from the command line interface,
* finding your way around (manual pages, help, grep …),
* a vocabulary (examples of commands),
* the grammar (stringing commands together),
* compare and contrast commands and terminal landscape in the different operating systems: Linux, Windows, Mac OS X

The second part (+/- 2 hours) will include:
* discuss the concept of computer literacy (GUI vs CLI, clicking vs writing)
* improve the workshop (flow, slide presentation, practical exercises, and the script for facilitators)

Please email info@genderchangers.org with your questions, suggestions and if you would like to participate.

See you there,

Donna, Maria, Sabrina, Audrey


The Genderdchangers:
- have a critical curiosity about technology.
- know stuff.
- have attitude!

We rock.
We are super cool.
We are really sexy.
We are fun.


We are women and women-identified gender minorities. We belong to various generations and speak many different languages. What we share is a desire to shape the world we live in. As activists we make conscious choices about the technology we use.


We dig deep into hardware and software to demystify them. We focus on free and open source software as a political decision. We share our technical skills in the same spirit. In this way, DIY expands into DIT: Do It Together. Things can break and it’s fun!


The Genderchangers operate on an informal, ad-hoc, D.I.Y., hands-on basis in a non-purpose-driven, non-competitive atmosphere of mutual respect. The Genderchangers act as catalyst for participant-driven events. The emphasis is on expanding skills and insights through exchange and collaboration and learning by explaining/doing. On the principle of "each one teach one", everyone who learns something through the Genderchangers is encouraged to pass their knowledge and skills on to others.


We do it because it’s cool, it’s fun, it’s creative, it’s satisfying, it’s liberating. It is part of the way we live: curious & unintimidated; disconnected & mutually supportive; isolated & exuberant; misunderstood & self-assured. Through our engagement with technology we break barriers, connect with potential allies, and spark interest in technology.


It seems safe to say that significant discovery, really creative thinking, does not occur with regard to problems about which the thinker is lukewarm. (Mary Henle)