Tomomi Imura

Tomomi Imura

An Open Web advocate and front-end engineer, who loves everything mobile, and writes about HTML5, CSS, JS, UX, tech events, gadgets, etc. She unintentionally got 15min of fame by creating The HTTP Status Cats. Also, the opinions expressed here are solely her own and do not express the views or opinions of my employer.

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About GirlieMac

The original website was launched in 1996, started as “Tomomi’s Nerdy Web”, then renamed to “Girlie Macintosh!”, when the site got some popularity, and finally settled as GirlieMac! with the domain name later in the early 2000s. The initial purpose of the web site was to distribute cute icons I created and my original Kaleidoscope schemes to customize MacOS interface. It was fun to involve awesome Mac communities at that time. I remember that we, Mac community members tried to support then-dying Apple by buying some AAPL stocks. I paid $25/share. It was before, or around Steve’s come back.

I graduated from college, got a job as a microbiology research assistant, went to grad school at night, quit the biology career, joined a tech startup in Cambridge, MA, lost the job after the dot-com bust… I went though some tough time. And GirlieMac! went into dormant state between 2002 - 2007.

By the time, I decided to revive my web site, Apple was no longer a dying company. I sold AAPL at $50 in 2005, when I needed some cash to move to San Francisco. ($50!!! How stupid am I?)

My career path was back in the track, then started involoved in mobile industry since late 2005, and in 2007, Apple’s iPhone release made me decide to revive GirlieMac! with iPhone related topics. That was the time I transformed my web pages as a blog on WordPress.

Since then, my blog has become more of general web technology blog rather than Apple-related, as my career as a web developer had matured.

In the end of 2013, I got sick of writing HTML of tech articles, I decided to set up Jekyll on my Github and start writing articles in markdown.