"JilMac" Jil MacMenamin – Bio
Jil MacMenamin or "JilMac" for short, is an Independent Web Database Consultant. JilMac works with clients’ Web Databases that include: MySQL, PostgresSQL, PowerSchool–Student Information System, Sage/Peachtree-Accounting. Interfacing with Merchant Accounts, e-Commerce, Third-Party Vendors, Google Sites/Applications, or whatever creates a whole system for a client. Small network setup, hardware procurement, security, and software installation enable her to build systems from the ground up that allow clients to have the entire Web 2.0/3.0 experience. She is frequently referred to as a “Jil of all Trades”.
She has extensive experience in Database Programming & System Development, Software testing, Data Warehouse Report Generation, and Corporate Training. Developing documentation and procedures that is comprehensive for all levels of users, technical & management staff is a trademark.
Her experience extends to teaching Vermont Adult Learning & Career Centers, Graduate level Workshops and Technology Classes at private elementary, middle and high schools. Developing & implementing strategies for embracing paperless office/education by teaching through doing.
For 30+ years, JilMac has taught computer classes, but now concentrates on:
Cloud Applications: Google: Docs, Sites, Calendar, Map and integration of Google applications & resources. Compare/Convert/Integrate traditional Microsoft applications and teach Collaboration skills.
Integration of Social(FaceBook), Professional(Linked-IN) and Communication (Twitter) applications. Accounting packages & Shopping cart Applications.
JilMac has been an eTutor since 2006 in Math/Cal/Stats at CCV, who is a member of CTDLC – Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium, which utilizes the Adobe Connect PRO meeting platform. She is under contract with the CTDLC as a Master Tutor – supporting New Tutor training, and system testing. She is a founding member of the New England Adobe Users group http://neaug.org/member-directory/item/jilmac; Manager from 2008-2010 as well as a prominent user of the Adobe Connect Platform. She has been approved by Google to start the Vermont Google Technology Users Group, and is looking for a Co-Chair to work with her
All of these things help JilMac bring a fresh look at Corporate Support, On-Line learning and Technical Education.
MSIE – Masters of Science in Internet Engineering - Grad Center of Marlboro College,VT http://gradschool.marlboro.edu/academics/msie
BA, Mathematics & AS, Computer Programming - Vermont State College at Castleton. Jil's Minor was Corporate Communications with a Concentration in Accounting http://www.csc.vsc.edu
JilMac's first Computer - NCR499 - when she was the first Work Study student at Granville High School. It was 1972.
NCR499 - National Cash Register - a BookKeeping Machine was the
First Computer JilMac worked on in 1973. The Granville, NY first Work Study
student. My mother was the principal's secretary - she was desperate to get
me out of school for a few hours per day to give her peace.
Programs were stored on Metal TAPE and later Paper TAPE
then Cassett Tape, Then Cards, then Floppys, and HardDrives
From the first day I was on the job - I was told that as soon as I had entered the information into this new computer that it would do the work, and I would be no longer needed. So from the beginning I understood that unless I kept up and ahead of the machines - they would always take over my job.
In College we used "DEC printer Terminals" - Monitors had not yet been invented. It was 1975.
You typed your program into the terminal - it printed each line.
You saved your program
and Ran it to see if it worked - or if you had errors.
We used these terminals to write programs in Fortran (Formula Translation) one of my favorite languages. We also coded in COBAL & Pascal. These three languages would become the building blocks (after Assembler - machine code) of Mainframe languages.
PC languages would come later, after Monitors were attached to Personal Computers - but the Terminals eventually got Monitors and they were called "Dumb Terminals" because they could not operate without the Mainframe being on-line.
PT-210 Portable Data Terminal We were still PRE-monitors - everything you typed and all messages you got back - were printed on paper.
To go over the phone lines - you dialed the phone number and then pushed the phone into the
ACUSTIC COUPLERS - it was so bleeding edge - I could hardly sleep!
When the transmission wasn't working you would clean the phone - and make sure you were getting good contact, and that the phone was properly inserted into the acoustic couplers. The PT-210 weighed 15 pounds and came in a briefcase-style case.
But I have it now - when they were getting rid of them - I took it - I couldn't part with it, and still can't.
To be able to easily take a computer with you, was heaven.
Compaq -They called it Portable - because you could LUG it - we all called them LUGable - and loved them!
It weighed in at just under 30 lbs.
The new TV series Hault and Catch Fire is about the creation of the first "Portable PC" and http://www.amctv.com/shows/halt-and-catch-fire
Here I am in 1985 demonstrating on-Farm software on the Compaq in Wisconsin ... yes I lugged it through Airports, it was so freeing to be able to BRING your computer with you!!
1995 - My First Web Site - http://homepages.sover.net/~jilmac/ which one of my Students and I created. We designed 4 pages, and 4 .jpgs - HTML was very new back then, there were no Shared Web Hosting (that came after Y2K= year 2000)
Community Colleges CCV(Vermont) & GCC (Greenfield, Mass.) (JilMac introduces herself to her students):
The next step is to start looking for Jobs or at least information about current jobs available. Here are the sites you should be visiting.
http://LinkedIN.com - this is one of your assignments - to create a LinkedIN account.
A flaw in LinkedIN is that it puts everything chronologically - which is fine when you first set it up
but as the sight ages - as you add new clients - what you have been doing for 29 years like teaching
falls to the bottom.
There are also many other techniques, putting together a current resume' will help you organize what you want to add to your LinkedIN and other on-line presences. You need to have your OWN site - if you want to have complete control.
Link to IRS W-9 to give to clients with Year-End Bill