About

Hi! GirlGerms here. In the real world I go by Jess Dodson. I’m a Windows system administrator of 12+ years, based in sunny Queensland, Australia. Mad keen Microsoft fangirl (unsurprisingly) and now a Microsoft MVP (as of 2016!), but also with a love of a few other tech companies (Google, Android, HTC, Logitech, Sony…) I’m big on passing on information to others that’s technically relevant, as well as passing on information that, while not technical, is useful for those in system administration. Soft skills for the win!

In whatever spare time I manage to wrangle for myself away from my technical loves, I play video games, read fantasy and sci-fi novels, collect and build *far* too much Lego (no, really, it’s becoming a problem, I’m running out of room for it all!) and I’m also a keen crafter of all sorts of things – current craze is chainmaille jewellery. I’m a genuine crazy cat lady with two Siberian cats & six chickens that cause no end of terror…plus a hive of bees >.>

When speaking with me, please refer to me as Jess – I also respond to GirlGerms, GG and “Oi, you!”. I’m not a fan of Jesse/Jessie/Jessy and will not respond to being called any of them. Jessica is only for my parents to use when I’m in trouble…which doesn’t happen that often because I’m such an angel >.>

All opinions/thoughts/ideas/rants/general snarkiness presented on this blog and on the following social media/gaming sites are purely individual to lil’ ol’ me. They definitely do not represent my current or previous employers or any associations I’m a member of, unless explicitly stated.

Email/Messenger/Skype: jess@girl-germs.com


Social

The following social network accounts are my personal accounts – best chance of getting me to respond is to hit me up on Twitter or Reddit, both of which are public. My Facebook is locked down – you need to work your way to the “inner circle” to get into that one and I don’t accept random friend requests unless I actually know you.

Twitter: http://twitter.com/girlgerms (public)
Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/user/girlgerms/ (public)
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jess.r.dodson (close friends and family only)
Imgur: http://girlgerms.imgur.com/ (public)
Instagramhttp://instagram.com/jess_girlgerms/ (public)
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/geekgirlgerms/ (public)
Ask.fm: http://ask.fm/jess_girlgerms (public)


Professional

The following are my professional social media accounts and include my professional accomplishments. Please be aware that unless I’ve worked with you or have interacted with you in some professional way (and yes, that does include Twitter!), I will not accept your LinkedIn request.

LinkedIn:
 au.linkedin.com/in/jrdodson/
GitHub: https://github.com/girlgerms
About.Me: http://about.me/jessdodson
BrandYourself: http://jessdodson.brandyourself.com/
Slack: https://slack.com/ – I lurk in a number of professional Slack channels, most notably winadmins.slack.com. If you can see a ‘girlgerms’ in your Slack, it’s most likely me.

Other professional things

For a list of my work history and how I got to where I currently am in IT & system administration, feel free to read the whole story!


Gaming

You’ll usually be able to find me in most games as either GirlGerms/Girl-Germs or as Katalysta – modified, depending on how many characters I have. Just keep adding extra characters…you’ll find me eventually.

Always happy for friend invites or friend requests!

Battle.Net: girlgerms#6448 –  WoWDiablo III
(Playing WoW on Nagrand in “Broken Momento”. Main: Katalysta (Troll Mage – Arcane)
Alts: Katalyssta (Undead Priest – Shadow); Katalystaa (Orc Shaman – Elemental); Kataalysta (Blood Elf Demon Hunter – Havoc))
Steam: girl-germs – http://steamcommunity.com/id/girl-germs
Discord: GirlGerms#4019
Raptr: girl-germs – http://raptr.com/girl-germs/wall
Enjin: GirlGerms – http://www.enjin.com/profile/4811116
Twitch: GirlGerms – http://www.twitch.tv/girlgerms/profile
BrickSet: GirlGerms – http://brickset.com/profile/girlgerms (not really “gaming” related, but best place to put it!)


IRC

You can also find me lurking on snoonet.org, oz.org & freenode.net as ‘girlgerms’. Primary channels include #sage-au, ##msp, ##systemadmins, #reddit-sysadmin, ##infra-talk & #lopsa

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