GDT::Computing::Bits::Archive::Year 2005

Computing::Bits
Google Does Pittsburgh, PA
Google has announced they are starting operations in Pittsburgh, PA. Their new facility will be guided by a CMU CS/Robotics professor. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Googles Does Pittsburgh, PA }

[19 December 2005, top]

Google Likes Ireland
Google is so happy with their Ireland operations that they are expanding--potentially adding 600 jobs. Go Google-Ireland. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Google Likes Ireland }

[19 December 2005, top]

Let's Make Google a Role Model
Google was the subject of a front-page article in the 16 December 2005 and that prompted to create a short bit about how Google should be role model for corporate America. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Other Companies Should Be Like Google }

[17 December 2005, top]

Wikipedia Making News
The Wikipedia has been in the news lately to the point where the Arizona Republic mentioned it. The Republic's comments prompted to write a bit about the topic. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Wikipedia Making News }

[10 December 2005, top]

The Word 'Free' Can Be Problematic
The word free can be difficult to use because it sometimes represents money and sometimes it represents freedom and sometimes it represents both. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: The Word 'Free' Can Be Problematic }

[10 December 2005, top]

Google Supports Open Source Initiative In Oregon
Who knows... maybe someday Google will be supporting an Open Source initiative in the Valley of the Sun. Oregon continues to be a world leader in the evolution of Open Source. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Google Supports Open Source Initiative In Oregon }

[09 December 2005, top]

Is SGI Going Out of Buiness?
Many on Wall Street think Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI) is going out of business. This seems odd given we are just starting to entering in the next era of high-performance computing (HPC) and SGI is a HPC company. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Is SGI Going Out of Buiness? }

[09 December 2005, top]

I.T. Morphing Into a Growth Profession
It appears as though IT isn't dead after all. Now we need to figure out how to get people to return to learning about computing. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: I.T. Morphing Into a Growth Profession }

[09 December 2005, top]

Just Like Google, eBay is Coming To Town
It was great news to hear that eBay is going to expand some of its operations in the Valley of the sun. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Just Like Google, eBay is Coming To Town }

[09 December 2005, top]

What is the AITSTI?
It appears as though my employer (the Maricopa Community Colleges) have out-sourced part of my job. It is amazing that there are so many computer students not taking computer classes at the community colleges. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: What is the AITSTI? }

[09 December 2005, top]

Tucson Mayor Rather Have Windows Than Google
A quote from the mayor of Tucson concerning Google prompted me to write a bit about his words. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Tucson Mayor Rather Have Windows Than Google }

[09 December 2005, top]

CPSR Gives Norbert Wiener Award To Doug Engelbart
Meeting Doug Engelbart has been a major highlight of my computing career. Once again I have found it beneficial to be a member of the CPSR. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: CPSR Gives Norbert Wiener Award To Doug Engelbart }

[09 December 2005, top]

Opsware, Andreessen, Barlow, Grateful Dead, Unix Systems, DreamTeam
Thanks to the GDT::DreamTeam to write a Computing::Bit that contains keywords such as Opsware, Andreessen, Barlow, EFF, Dark Star Orchestra, and Unix systems (and E! but that is ignored). {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Opsware, Andreessen, Barlow, Grateful Dead, Unix Systems, DreamTeam }

[03 December 2005, top]

Cancel Those Yahoo! and Novell Sell Orders
Dr. Andrei Broder and Dr. Jeffrey Jaffe have become new employees of Yahoo! and Novell, respectively. Needless to stay, this is great news for YHOO and NOVL shareholders. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Cancel Those Yahoo! and Novell Sell Orders }

[26 November 2005, top]

Dennis Ritchie Receives Yet Another Award
Dennis Ritchie (logname drm) has been honored with yet another award. Ritchie co-created the Unix operating system and the "C" programming languages back in the late 1960s/early 1970s while working at AT&T Bell Labs. In 2005, Dr. Ritchie is still doing great things for Bell Labs (but now it is Lucent, not AT&T). {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Dennis Ritchie Receives Yet Another Award }

[19 November 2005, top]

Cerf and Kahn Are Medal of Freedom Recipients
Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn were the inventors of TCP/IP -- the two protocols that "drive" the Internet. This year, 2005, both of them were awarded the Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Cerf and Kahn Are Medal of Freedom Recipients }

[12 November 2005, top]

Saying Nothing About Google
I have found it necessary to write something about Google everytime the Arizona Republic writes something about Google. The Republic wrote about Google and effectively said nothing, but that didn't stop me from writing something about Google. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Saying Nothing About Google }

[05 November 2005, top]

Carly Fiorina Joins Cybertrust Board of Directors
GDT::DreamTeam member Carly Fiorina has become a director of privately-held Cybertrust located in Herndon, Virginia. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Carly Fiorina Joins Cybertrust Board of Directors }

[29 October 2005, top]

Gates Says Computer Science Is The Major
Bill Gates of Microsoft fame has been visiting university campuses and his message is clear: Computer Science is a great field to major in. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Gates Says Computer Science Is The Major }

[22 October 2005, top]

Google Is Coming To Town
Google announced it is going to have some engineering operations in the Valley of the Sun. Initial operations will be in Phoenix, but longer-term Google will pick between Phoenix, Tempe, Chandler, and Scottsdale. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Google Coming To the Valley of the Sun }

[15 October 2005, top]

Google, Pike, Biotech, Tilghman, Princeton, Kernighan, Bell Labs
Google adds a Molecular Biologist from Princeton University to their board of directors. Brian Kernighan, former Bell Labs Unix guru, is a CS professor at Princeton. Rob Pike, who is a Commander at Google, has co-authored a couple classic computing books with Kernighan. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Google, Pike, Biotech, Tilghman, Princeton, Kernighan, Bell Labs }

[08 October 2005, top]

Linux Stocks Pop Thanks To Red Hat Inc.
Red Hat Inc., a Linux company, reported strong 2nd-quarter results and their stock reacted favorably. RHAT shares closed last week, on 2005.09.23, at $16.23. This week, on 2005.09.30, RHAT shares closed at $21.19 for a 30.6% gain. Other Linux and Open Source stocks went up also. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Linux Stocks Pop Thanks To Red Hat Inc. }

[01 October 2005, top]

CPSR To Honor Doug Engelbart
The Computing Professionals for Social Responsibility have awarded the 2005 Norbert Wiener Award to Doug Engelbart. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: CPSR To Honor Doug Engelbart }

[24 September 2005, top]

IBM Hopes Some Employees Become Teachers
IBM is concerned about the future workforce of America. As a result, the company is going to help some of its employees become math and science teachers. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: IBM Hopes Some Employees Become Teachers }

[17 September 2005, top]

Vinton Cerf Becomes Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, Inc.
Two years ago I visited Google to shake hands with Rob Pike and get is autograph. Now I want to re-visit Google and shake hands with Vinton Cerf. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Vinton Cerf Becomes Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, Inc. }

[10 September 2005, top]

Another Year of the CPSR
On 3 September 2005, I renewed my membership in the CPSR (Computer Professional for Social Responsibility). And for another year, Arizona has zero CPSR chapters. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Another Year of the CPSR }

[03 September 2005, top]

Carleton "Carly" Fiorina Becomes a GDT::DreamTeam Member
Carleton "Carly" Fiorina is the Fall 2005 addition to the GDT::DreamTeam. The last member added to the DreamTeam was Alan Kay during the Fall 2005 semester. [Let's hope there are no Fall 2005 additions to the GDT::DeadTeam.] {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Carleton "Carly" Fiorina Becomes a GDT::DreamTeam Member }

[27 August 2005, top]

CSC@SCC -- Retire Versus Retread
I did zero CSC classes during the Spring 2005 semester. I will be doing two CSC classes during the Fall 2005 semester. Enrollments are going to be low, but at least the classes were a "go" rather than a "no go." {GDT::Computing::Bit:: CSC@SCC -- Retire Versus Retread }

[20 August 2005, top]

IT Diversity is an Oxymoron
The IT Department for the City of Tempe may have gotten yelled at for lack of diversity. I made an assumption that if this were true, then maybe most of the IT workers were white males. If the City of Tempe is not Happy with this, then the City of Tempe needs to help do something about it. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: IT Diversity is an Oxymoron }

[06 August 2005, top]

From Zero to None and Vice Versa
A parrot named Alex has taught himself to say "none" when dealing with "zero." {GDT::Computing::Bit:: From Zero to None and Vice Versa }

[30 July 2005, top]

Bill Gates Speaks About CS Education In the U.S.
Kudos to Bill Gates for speaking up about the current state of Computer Science education in the United States. He knows that it is all about "The Code." {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Bill Gates Speaks About CS Education In the U.S. }

[23 July 2005, top]

Terrorists Attack London and Biometric Stocks
On 07 July 2005, London was attacked by terrorists. Innocent people in London have had their lives and freedoms stolen away from them. The attack on London was an attack on every non-terrorist in the world. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Terrorists Attack London and Biometric Stocks }

[09 July 2005, top]

Lack of CS Majors Becoming a Major Concern
Computer Science enrollments continue to decline and more newspapers are picking up the story and that includes the Arizona Republic. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Lack of CS Majors Becoming a Major Concern }

[25 June 2005, top]

This POS is a POS
For the last few years, PC has stood for Political Correctness. Prior to that it meant Personal Computer. It is always frustrating when the masses steal away "techno speak." I've recently learned the POS does not always mean Point Of Sale. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: This POS is a POS }

[25 June 2005, top]

More About Techie Tuesday in Tempe
I sent a "Letter to the Editor" of the Arizona Republic about my Techie Tuesday in Tempe experiences, but they opted not to publish my letter. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: More About Techie Tuesday In Tempe }

[18 June 2005, top]

About Techie Tuesdays In Tempe
An editorial in the Arizona Republic prompted me write about my Techie Tuesday experiences. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: About Techie Tuesdays In Tempe }

[11 June 2005, top]

Opsware--Automating IT
Opsware produces a product that "automates" IT (Information Technology). An Opsware system eliminates the need for SysAdmins. To extent, Opsware (and Opsware-like systems) are forcing people like me to seek alternative career paths. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Opsware--Automating IT }

[31 May 2005, top]

US Programmers Can Still Program
The United States is in tough scientific and technological competition with other parts of the world. But the United States is still a leader that is not going away anytime soon. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: US Programmers Can Still Program }

[18 May 2005, top]

Yahoo! At Ten Years Young... They've Only Just Begun
During 2005, Yahoo! turned ten years young. Yahoo! was developed by two Stanford University Ph.D. students during 1994 and they co-founded Yahoo! in 1995. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Yahoo! At Ten Years Young... They've Only Just Begun }

[30 April 2005, top]

GDT Needs To Instantiate More Blogs
GDT has more blogs than it can effectively keep current and efficiently maintain. It could be said GDT suffers from blogbloat. Despite this blog overflow condition, GDT should be blogging about other early 21st century areas such as space exploration and travel, RFID, machine learning/AI, and robotics. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: GDT Needs To Instantiate More Blogs }

[23 April 2005, top]

CS and CSE Changes Happening at ASU
The CS Department at Arizona State University (ASU) is starting to feel the Crow-effect. Everything coming out of the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering is going to have a "bio" branding. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: CS and CSE Changes Happening at ASU }

[02 April 2005, top]

Fewer Computer Programmers, More Information Systems Managers
The Phoenix Business Journal reported on a report by the IEEE about the decline in the number of computer programmers since 2000. Due to outsourcing, there has been a huge increase in information systems managers. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Fewer Computer Programmers, More Information Systems Managers }

[27 March 2005, top]

Google Does Open Source
Google has placed some projects under Open Source. The projects are based on the C++ and Python programming languages. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Google Does Open Source }

[19 March 2005, top]

I Have Become a Nanosized Google Shareholder
I don't know why I didn't do this early, but I finally got around to becoming a Google shareholder. On 03/04/05 I purchased two shares of Google stock. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: I Have Become a Nanosized Google Shareholder }

[05 March 2005, top]

From Foo to AzFoo to NanoFoo to FooNano
Spending time writing about foo must be what happens when you are a computer instructor who is not instructing any computer classes. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: From Foo to AzFoo to NanoFoo to FooNano }

[27 February 2005, top]

From Nanofoo to Foonano
I've been using the term nanofoo, but it appears as though I am not alone. It appears the same can be said for foonano. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: From Nanofoo to Foonano }

[20 February 2005, top]

Carly Fiorina Moves On
Carly is out as CEO of Hewlett Packard Company. In a couple of weeks Carleton S. Fiorina will become a member of the GDT::DreamTeam. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Carly Fiorina Moves On }

[13 February 2005, top]

Basic Arithmetic Driving Instructions
At the beginning of the Basic Arithmetic class we briefly cover number systems. Binary (base2) is one of the number systems mentioned and I had the idea to give driving instructions using binary numbers. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Basic Arithmetic Driving Instructions }

[05 February 2005, top]

General Dynamics is Hiring Computer Professionals
During late-2004 the Arizona Republic had an article about all the software jobs available at General Dynamic's Scottsdale facility. GD's demand for good employees has not waned. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: General Dynamics is Hiring Computer Professionals }

[14 January 2005, top]

Learning About Internet Protocols, Apache, and GNU-Linux Distributions
SCC is considering putting on a 1-credit "Special Topics in Computing" session that will cover Internet Protocols, the Apache webserver, and the Linux Distributions. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Learning About Internet Protocols, Apache Webserver and GNU/Linux Distributions }

[08 January 2005, top]

Welcome to Year 2005
Happy New Year! welcome to 2005. The 2004 Computing Bits has been archived.

[01 January 2005, top]


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