When Thelma Tippie founded The Computer Workshop 30 years ago, the technological landscape looked vastly different. There was no such thing as a home network. Our slender, lightweight computers were more like boxes. And those boxes’ processing power and capacity were a fraction of what we have today in the most basic of mobile phones.
Still, people needed help managing these machines’ functions and programs. That’s when Tippie, then described by local media as a “46-year-old mother-turned-temp worker-turned-entrepreneur,” started The Computer Workshop, then known as T&M Computing. Although she had no formal computer training, as a temp worker Tippie naturally found herself picking up a variety of computer programs from each new position she held.