GDT::Computing::Bits::Archive::Year 2006

Computing::Bits
Pittsburgh Attracting Computer Companies
On 1 November 2006, Bloomberg News posted an article about Pittsburgh that was reprinted in the Business Section of the Arizona Republic.

Pittsburgh is becoming a leader in supercomputing-based 21st century informatics and robotics thanks in large part to the Carnegie Mellon and Pittsburgh universities. It is only natural that companies like Google want to make Pittsburgh a major home away from home.

   "The colleges are benefiting from partnerships with three of 
    the biggest names in computing: Google Inc., Intel Corp. and 
    Microsoft Corp."

Intel is a major employer in the Valley of the Sun and Google has operations up and running in Tempe.

   "Last year, the research corridor near Carnegie Mellon and the 
    University of Pittsburgh attracted about $1 billion in public 
    and private funding, twice the amount of five years ago."

$1 billion is a lot of money... kudos to Pittsburgh.

AzCentral.com:: Steel City transforms into high-tech hub

[20 December 2006, top]

More Math For Arizona High-School Students
I sent the following as a "Letter To The Editor" of the Arizona Republic on 13 December 2006 in response to a front-page story titled: "High-schoolers in Arizona may face added math."
   I support requiring high school students to learn more math in 
   order to graduate.  I also agree with Dr. Shelton's assessment 
   that "more math" does not necessarily imply "advance math."
   "More math" might simply mean high school students spend year 
   three of their math studies mastering the math they have learned 
   over the previous years.

   There is zero doubt that human-beings in the 21st century need 
   to learn more math and science, but we also need to learn more 
   about computing.  A major reason why math and science are becoming 
   increasingly exciting is because we are entering into the next era 
   of computing.  High-performance computing systems are going to play 
   a critical role in enabling 21st century computational computing 
   and informatics.  We must learn about computer programming because 
   that will enable us to apply our math and science knowledge. 

   I cannot speak about Arizona universities, but I do know that the 
   Maricopa Community Colleges have virtually zero students learning 
   about computing.  Granted, most community college students are 
   required to take a three hour course on computer literacy, but 
   that course is nothing more than learning how to use some proprietary 
   software applications.   Students need to learn how to write programs 
   because that is when they can fully exploit the power of computing.

   The Arizona Republic's article about the outputs coming from 
   Napolitano's P-20 Council said nothing about computing, yet
   in the 21st century, reading, writing and arithmetic must 
   include computing.  

[13 December 2006, top]

Neumann; O'Reilly; Programming Languages
One of the downsides of the WWW is that there is just so much good stuff to read. It is difficult ignore interviews with people such as Peter Neumann and Tim O'Reilly. The third hyperlink listed below, which compares programming languages to women, is humorous but sexist.

Note: Peter Neumann and Tim O'Reilly are both members of the GDT::DreamTeam.

[10 December 2006, top]

More Good IT Workers Needed
I keep reading about there being shortages in the IT industry, but nobody contacts me about learning about computing at SCC. I guess zero marketing results in zero students.
   "The IT work force is not skilled enough and almost never can 
    be skilled enough," said Robert Cresanti, undersecretary of 
    commerce for technology, in an exclusive interview with eWEEK 
    editors. "There are not enough engineers with the appropriate 
    skill sets."

A Computing::Bit posting on 18 November 2006 was titled "Gates Says We Have a Serious IT Shortage."

eWeek.com:: U. S. Technology Czar Says More IT Workers Needed

[01 December 2006, top]

Yale Sees CS Enrollments Stabilizing
The Yale Daily News reported that Yale's CS enrollments have "stablized." The following blurb was copied from YaleDailyNews.com.
   "The Computing Research Association reported that the percentage 
    of incoming freshmen among all American degree-granting institutions 
    who said they intended to major in computer science dropped by 70 
    percent between 2000 and 2005, based on data collected by the Higher 
    Education Research Institute at the University of California, 
    Los Angeles. Nationwide, the number of computer science majors 
    in 2005 was half of what it was in 2000."

Yale's Director of Undergraduate Studies was quoted saying "the number of computer science majors at Yale reflects a national trend, which suggests that the popularity of the field of study is dependent on the strength of the software and online industries."

[tidbit] The computing lab at Yale University is called the "Zoo."

CS enrollments within the Maricopa County Community College District continue to be almost zero with only three of the ten colleges offering any CS courses (CSC).

[01 December 2006, top]

Tech Review Interviews Bjarne Stroustrup
TechReview.com posted an interview with Bjarne Stroustrup to their website on 28 November 2006. Stroustrup, the creator of C++, is currently a CS professor at Texas A&M University.

When asked how we can "fix" just good enough software, Bjarne said that in reality we can't because "people reward developers who deliver software that is cheap, buggy, and first."

Stroustrup claims the mains reason for C++'s success is "simply that it meets its limited design aims: it can express a huge range of ideas directly and efficiently."

TechReview.com:: The Problem with Programming

[01 December 2006, top]

Cool To See Tim 'Web 2.0' O'Reilly Make a Business 2.0 List
Kudos to Tim O'Reilly for being considered a 21st century leader by Business 2.0 magazine. The Business 2.0 collection of 25 21st century leaders is a definite 'A'-list.

GDT::Computing::Bit:: Cool To See Tim "Web 2.0" O'Reilly Make a Business 2.0 List

[24 November 2006, top]

Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Computing
I posted the following in the AzCentral.com Biotech blog as a comment to a posting titled "Math and science blues."
   Computing has to be added to the science and math list. 
   Six years ago I was advocating we change "reading, writing, 
   arithmetic" to "reading, writing, arithmetic, computing."

   Lots of exciting stuff is happening in the computing world 
   these days, yet there seems to be little excitement about 
   the world of computing.

I am confident that there are many more Googles and Yahoo!s and Opswares to come.

[Extra] Kudos to Susan Decker, CFO of Yahoo!, for being added to Intel's board of directors.

[18 November 2006, top]

Gates Says We Have a Serious IT Shortage
Bill Gates is again speaking about how U.S. universities are not producing enough computing graduates.
   "There is a shortage of IT skills on a worldwide basis. 
    Anybody who can get those skills here now will have a 
    lot of opportunity."

Note: The aforementioned quote from Bill Gates was given in Moscow.

I believe Gates is right, but for whatever reasons this information is not getting out to young people.

CS at SCC remains dead and there is zero discussion about bringing it back to life.

[18 November 2006, top]

Microsoft To Partner With Novell
It appears as though Novell is going to partner with Microsoft. The partnership calls for Microsoft to sell SUSE Linux and, potentially, work with Novell to help make SUSE Linux work well with Windows. Wall Street thought this was great news for Novell, more bad news for Red Hat, no news for Microsoft, and good news for Open Source in general (VA Software).
   NOVL...   up 15.67%... $ 6.79  [Novell]
   MSFT... down  0.14%... $28.77  [Microsoft]
   RHAT... down  2.01%... $16.10  [Red Hat]
   LNUX...   up  5.24%... $ 4.22  [VA Software] 
   SUNW...   up  0.38%... $ 5.33  [Sun Microsystems]
   SCOX...   up  2.54%... $ 2.46  [SCO Group]

[03 November 2006, top]

Get IU Degrees From Maricopa Community Colleges
The front-page headline on the Valley and State section of the Arizona Republic was titled "Indiana U. to accept MCC credits." In this case, the MCC stands for Maricopa Community Colleges, not just Mesa CC. The "unique partnership" will enable MCC students to earn 4-year degrees.

According to the IU Computer Science Department's homepage, "as of July 2005, the Computer Science Department has joined the School of Informatics."

I enjoyed the following text from IU's CSCI A110 non-majors course description: "The course goes to work dispelling the illusion that students are 'doing computers' when they are at a keyboard or in front of a computer display."

CS.Indiana.edu:: IU Computer Science Department Courses

[01 November 2006, top]

CS Majors Pick 'Threads' and 'Roles'
Universities are creating more flexible Computer Science pathways. This is true at all three of Arizona's universities, but I don't any of them are doing what is happening at the Georgia Institute of Technology. GIT is replacing "core curriculum with courses that follow 'threads' and 'roles.' Students choose two of eight threads of instruction and tailor their schedules around those concepts. Threads include computational modeling, intelligence, and so on. Many of the courses that compose a student's threads might be taught by faculty outside the computer science department. For the role part of the curriculum, students choose either programmer, entrepreneur, innovator, or communicator, which guides selection of other courses."

InsiderHigherEd.com:: New 'Threads' for Computer Science

[31 October 2006, top]

COBOL Outliving COBOL Programmers
The dead of the COBOL continues to be predicted despite the fact this is 2006. It appears as though COBOL is going to be around for a few more years (I don't know how to define "few"). According a ComputerWorld survey, 27% of IT departments are "expecting a shortage of COBOL programmers in the next five years."

ComputerWorld.com:: Cobol Coders: Going, Going, Gone?

[21 October 2006, top]

I Still Think IT is a Great Career Choice
I believe the following has been true ever since we entered the 21st century.
   "According to a Computer Weekly poll (15 August), even those in 
    IT seem to advise their own kids to avoid IT as a career."

I don't know why people think a computing career is "boring."

From a "girls" perspective, the general perspective is that "girls do not want to pursue computer science studies because they believe computers are for boys and nerds, and they have no interest in sitting in front of a computer all day." If this general perspective is true, then something needs to be done about this.

ComputerWeekly.com:: So who wants to have a career in IT? I do...

[21 October 2006, top]

Computing Gurus Speak With Student
A Slashdot posting contained a hyperlink to an extensive question and answer session with great programmers such as Stroustrup, Gosling, Torvalds, etc. I liked Stroustrup's response to the "favorite programming book" question: K&R. Peter Norvig (research director at Google) when asked about tools was quoted saying he "disliked all three major OS - Windows, Mac, Linux. I like Python and Lisp. Emacs." I wonder if Norvig is a BSD or Plan 9 user?

Sztywyny Blog:: Stiff asks, great programmers answer

[Extra] A person doesn't become a "Director of Research" at Google without being a technical guru. Great homepage... Norvig.com

[10 October 2006, top]

CS Enrollments Almost Nil At Maricopa Community Colleges
The fall 2006 ATF meeting is taking place on Friday, 13 October 2006. I might use the meeting to bring up the topic of CS enrollments at the Maricopa Community Colleges.

GDT::Computing::Bits:: Fall 2006 CSC Enrollments At Maricopa Community Colleges

[07 October 2006, top]

Mining Facts and Opinions From Information
Being able to differentiate between fact and opinion is difficult; therefore, in this expanding age of informatics (information science), it is not surprising that researchers are trying to design software that helps users mine information for facts and opinions (and other stuff). According to ScienceDaily.com, Cornell University, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Utah are leading the way with respect to this type of research work.

ScienceDaily.com:: Using Computers To Sort Out Facts From Opinions

[27 September 2006, top]

Steven Bellovin Added To the GDT::DreamTeam
I had a couple of recent USENET moments and those moments lead to Steven Bellovin. These days Bellovin is a CS professor at Columbia University; he is also network security guru. Prior to Columbia, Bellovin was a computer scientist at AT&T Bell Labs. As a graduate student, Bellovin co-created USENET and in 1995 he was awarded a "Usenix Lifetime Achievement Award." Bellovin considers himself a "informal sort of guy" and on 22 September 2006 he was added to the GDT::DreamTeam.

[22 September 2006, top]

CS Major is a Popular Major
A math faculty member at SCC shared a hyperlink to an MSN Encarta article titled "Top 10 Most Popular College Majors." Computer Science was ranked number nine. The author of the article briefly explained why each major was popular and with respect to CS they wrote: "The knowledge you gain from a Computer Science major is absolutely applicable to the real world, and to real jobs within it."

CS might be the ninth most popular major, but you wouldn't know based upon CS with the Maricopa Community Colleges. Mesa CC and Glendale CC have a few students in CS and Chandler/Gilbert has a small amount, but SCC and the remaining six schools have zero.

[22 September 2006, top]

ASU Opening the School of Computing and Informatics
On 3 September 2006, the Arizona Republic's business section had a long article about ASU's new School of Computing and Informatics. In a nutshell, ASU is starting to learn, do, and teach 21st century Informatics. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: ASU Opening the School of Computing and Informatics}

[10 September 2006, top]

Learning Game Theory Might Help Our Poker Playing
Computers can be solid poker players without knowing much about poker. This might be useful given how popular poker is these days. I'm not sure how you'd read the body language of a poker robot. It'd be fun to go into a casino and have somebody say... "Welcome sir, do you want to play?" and respond with "No, I don't, but my robot does."
   "Carnegie Mellon University computer scientist has demonstrated 
    that you don't necessarily need to know much about poker to create 
    a computer program that can play a winning hand of Texas Hold'Em. 
    A knowledge of game theory, not the specialized expertise of a human 
    poker player, is at the heart of the poker robot called GS1 developed 
    by Tuomas Sandholm, director of Carnegie Mellon's Agent-Mediated 
    Electronic Marketplaces Lab, and graduate student Andrew Gilpin."

ScienceDaily.com:: Carnegie Mellon Computer Poker Program Sets Its Own Texas Hold'em Strategy

[09 September 2006, top]

SKIL Act To Increase H-1B Visa Quota
Politicians realize the need for high-tech workers is high and only going to get higher; but instead of looking at our schools, they want to bring in more foreign nationals to do the high-tech work. Not a good condition for the United States to be in.
   "Rep. Shadegg Introduces SKIL bill in House
    With immigration legislation stalled in Congress, 
    Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ) has introduced a House 
    companion (H.R. 5744) to Senator Cornyn's Securing 
    Knowledge, Innovation, and Leadership (SKIL) Act, 
    which would increase the H-1B visa quota to 115,000 
    and establish several visa exemptions categories."

Shadegg says the SKIL Act is the answer if America wants to spawn more companies like Google and Yahoo!

IEEEUSA.org:: The H-1B and L-1 Visas and America's High-Tech Workforce

[01 September 2006, top]

CSE at ASU Likes Microsoft Product
On 31 August 2006, I learned that CSE182 at Arizona State University would satisfy the CS requirement needed for most degrees. The course title: "Applied Problem Solving with C# .Net" More teaching students how to compute using proprietary systems. This is good news for Microsoft. All students requiring a CS course should take a course the uses exclusively Free Software and Open Source.

CSE.ASU.edu:: CSE 182: Applied Problem Solving with C# .Net

[31 August 2006, top]

Unix Might Be the Greatest Software Ever Written
InformationWeek posted an article about the greatest software ever written. Upon seeing the article's title I immediately put Unix at number one. It turned out so did the InformationWeek columnist. Note: his absolute number one choice was BSD 4.3.
   "Witness the definitive, irrefutable, immutable ranking 
    of the most brilliant software programs ever hacked."
    -- Charles Babcock

A couple of applications such as Mosaic and Excel made the top ten, but I'm still awed by the Unix 'sh' command.

InformationWeek.com:: What's The Greatest Software Ever Written?

[17 August 2006, top]

Pittsburgh is a Supercomputing Heaven
The city of Pittsburgh is a supercomputing heaven and the University of Pittsburgh is a major reason why this is true.
   "The University of Pittsburgh will receive $2.4 million 
    over the next three years from the U.S. Department of 
    Homeland Security (DHS) to develop accurate and robust 
    techniques for extracting, summarizing, and tracking 
    information about events and beliefs from free text."

Pitt.edu:: Pitt Awarded $2.4 Million by U.S. Department of Homeland Security to Develop Computing Technology

[14 August 2006, top]

Personal Computer Turns 25 Years Old
On 12 August 2006, the PC (Personal Computer) celebrated its 25th anniversary. IBM launched the first PC in 1981. Today, IBM is one of the leading supercomputer companies in the world and PC more often than not stands for political correctness. Numerous PC makers have come and gone and IBM no longers makes PCs.

LiveScience.com:: The 1981 IBM Personal Computer Press Release

[14 August 2006, top]

RFID Market Might Not Be as Big as Expected
RFID companies are probably not happy with the following forecast.
   "ABI Research on Thursday reduced its 2007 market 
    forecast for radio frequency identification software 
    and services revenue to $3.1 billion, down 15 percent 
    from earlier estimates."

What the forecaster can't forecast is if and when the next major terrorist attack occurs. When this happens, demand for RFID technologies could expand.

The TechWeb article stated the following.

   "One signal comes from RFID chip and reader maker 
    Alien Technology Corp. The Morgan Hill, Calif.-based 
    company on Aug. 4 withdrew plans to file for an initial 
    public offering with the Securities and Exchange Commission."

Alien probably made a wise move withdrawing their IPO because on 4 August 2006 the IPO market was weak. For example, Scottsdale-based Go Daddy, which does nothing with RFID, postponed their IPO due to market conditions.

TechWeb.com:: RFID Deals Send Mixed Messages

[11 August 2006, top]

Laws of Game Programming from U. of N. Texas
Game programming is becoming increasely popular and this trend should continue as we move into the era of high-performance visualization systems.

Via Digg.com we found a hyperlink to the "Laws of Game Programming" as defined by The Laboratory for Recreational Computing (LARC) that was established in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of North Texas.

The first three laws were as follows.

   "Real game programmers aren't afraid of mathematics."
   "Real game programmers use C++."
   "Real game programmers aren't afraid of learning new things."

I liked law number six: "There's a lot to be said for the debug printf."

The 33rd and final law: "Here are some of the things you need to know as a game programmer. Computer Science: programming, computer organization, software engineering, graphics, AI , networking, data structures, algorithms, human factors. Math and Physics: trigonometry, linear algebra, Euclidean geometry, Newtonian physics, the physics of sound."

LARC.CSCI.UNT.edu:: Laws of Game Programming

[04 August 2006, top]

Business Week Digs Kevin Rose and Digg.com
Business Week did a cover story on Silicon Valley by featuring Kevin Rose and Digg.com.
   "[...] his idea to change newsgathering, letting the masses 
    'dig up' the most interesting stories on the Web and vote 
    them onto his online 'front page' on Digg.com."

The Business Week story ended as follows...

   "The tech bust notwithstanding, the Valley is still the only 
    place on earth where geeks with good ideas can become celebrities 
    overnight. But wannabes be warned: As nearly everyone found out 
    six years ago, the fall from rock star to pariah can be just as 
    quick -- and not nearly as much fun."

I don't know if Silicon Valley is the "only place on earth" where talented computer geeks can get rich, but I do believe it is easier there than in Arizona's Valley of the Sun.

BusinessWeek.com:: Valley Boys

[04 August 2006, top]

Changes Happening at AOL
AOL (America OnLine) announced it was eliminating 5,000 jobs. Wired News reported that AOL has about 19,000 employees worldwide with about 5,000 in "northern Virginia where the company has its headquarters."

AOL had recently announced they were going to provide high-speed Internet customers e-mail and "other services" for free.

The Business Section of the 4 August 2006 Arizona Republic had a small graphic titled: "Logging out -- AOL's subscriptions have dropped by more than a quarter in the past five years." Despite the drop, AOL still had approximately 17.7 million subscribers that they want to keep.

Wired.com:: AOL Slashing 5,000 Jobs

[04 August 2006, top]

Plan 9 Gets Slashdotted
Via Slashdot, we learned that OS News had an article about the Plan 9 operating system posted to their website.
   "Plan 9 is an operating system designed by the same 
    people who created the original UNIX. Its development 
    began in the late 1980's and it was a research project 
    intended to address a variety of system scalability issues 
    that the UNIX and LINUX kernels don't do particularly well, 
    namely, distributed computing, distributed name spaces, and 
    distributed file systems. Plan 9 is open source and its current 
    and fourth major release was in 2002."

Plan 9 is Open Source and it was interesting to see that it has a Live CD.

OSNews.com:: Investigating the Plan 9 Operating System

[24 July 2006, top]

No Computer Science Gaming at Maricopa Community Colleges
Computer gaming programs and courses are becoming popular. In fact, some Computer Science (CS) programs around the U.S. are offering CS degrees in computer gaming. The University of California at Santa Cruz has started offering a CS degree in computer gaming. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: No Computer Science Gaming at Maricopa Community Colleges }

[14 July 2006, top]

Politicians Hunger To Regulate the Internet
I posted the following to the "Plugged In" blog in response to a posting about politicians regulating Internet gambling. The "Plugged In" editor quoted an Arizona senator saying the following:

"A Harvard professor once appropriately likened Internet gambling to using crack cocaine. Gambling can be highly addictive, especially when it's done over an unregulated environment such as the Internet."

And here is my posting...

The Internet is not responsible for cocaine addiction, gambling addiction, or any other addictions. The Internet itself can be addictive, but that's not the Internet's fault. Bottom-line: 20th century politicians are going to regulate the Internet to the point where it violates RFC 3271.

A little more bottom-line: We risk losing our computer freedoms everytime politicians want to regulate the Internet. This is true regardless of what they are regulating. And it is especially true given we live in an unsecure computing world.

[12 July 2006, top]

Google Likes Ann Arbor, Michigan
Google Inc. plans to hire 1,000 workers over the next five years in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ann Arbor is the hometown of the University of Michigan. Michigan's governor is quoted saying, "This is a huge, huge, huge, huge thing." And that's probably an understatement. Congratulations to Michigan, Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan for the arrival of Google to their state. I believe Google will find lots of happiness in Ann Arbor (despite the cold winters).

[12 July 2006, top]

Forbes.com Writes About Carly Fiorina
On 25 August 2005, Carly Fiorina was added to the GDT::DreamTeam. I suspect her "Tough Choices" memoir will be good reading material and I'm looking forward to seeing her on "60 Minutes."
   "In October 60 Minutes will air an interview promoting her 
    memoir Tough Choices, due from Penguin days later. Though 
    the manuscript is under wraps and Fiorina isn't talking, 
    the parts on HP will be 'unflinchingly honest,' says William 
    Weisser, associate publisher for Penguin's Portfolio imprint."

Forbes.com:: Carly Resurrected

[12 July 2006, top]

PayPal Opening Tech. Dev. Center in Scottsdale
Kudos to Scottsdale on the arrival of PayPal. [Located in San Jose, CA, PayPal was acquired by eBay Inc. in October, 2002.] The entire Valley of the Sun and the state of Arizona should be happy with this news.

On 12 July 2006, the Arizona Republic reported that PayPal will open a "technology development center" at 90th Street and Mountain View Road. PayPal plans to have 300 employees. Since PayPal is calling their Scottsdale office a "technology development center," it appears many of these 300 jobs will involve technology development.

Again, excellent news for Scottsdale. Let's hope PayPal comes to town and gets happy.

[Extra] Speaking of PayPal... NewsFactor.com:: New Phishing Scam Hits PayPal Users [10 July 2006]

[12 July 2006, top]

Microsoft Pledges Quicker Upgrades
When I worked with GuyT at Discount Tire, Guy would constantly tell management: "If you want it bad, you'll get it bad." Instead of a quicker upgrade schedule, I'd think Microsoft customers would prefer fewer security defects.

   "The next version of Windows, called Vista, will be the
    operating system's first major overhaul in five years.
    Windows sits on 90 percent of the world's computers and
    accounts for nearly a third of Microsoft's total revenue."

Ballmer says: "We'll never have a gap between Windows releases as long as the one between XP and Vista."

I say: "Never say never."

[12 July 2006, top]

CSC at SCC Has Been Killed
During mid-May of 2006, Scottsdale Community College (SCC) "killed" offering CSC (Computer Science Courses). Why? Zero enrollments. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: CSC at SCC Has Been Killed }

[06 July 2006, top]

Arizona Republic Editorializes About MySpace.com
I did an Internet Observer posting about MySpace.com on 20 Junes 2006. On 23 June 2006, the Arizona Republic printed an editorial about how parents need to start paying attention to their kids using MySpace.com. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Arizona Republic Editorializes About MySpace.com }

[23 June 2006, top]

Opsware Continues to Grow
Opsware had an annual meeting on 20 June 2006, but I did not attend. Opsware continues to do an excellent job following its business plan. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Opsware's 2006 Annual Meeting of the Shareholders }

[21 June 2006, top]

Microsoft Donates Software to Massachuesetts Public Schools
Microsoft is a smart company and donating software to public schools is a good way to ensure that public academic institutions define computer literacy as learning about Microsoft product. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Microsoft Donates Software to Massachuesetts Public Schools }

[18 June 2006, top]

HP Cuts Back on Telecommuting
At a time when telecommuting (teleworking) are popular, Hewlett-Packard has announced that they want their IT employees to do less telecommuting and spend more time at the office collaborating and working with others. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: HP Cuts Back on Telecommuting }

[05 June 2006, top]

Scott McNealy No Longer CEO of Sun Microsystems
After 22 years at the helm, Scott McNealy is no longer the CEO of Sun Microsystems. Let's wish Jonathan Schwartz success as he takes over the leadership at Sun. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Scott McNealy No Longer CEO of Sun Microsystems }

[28 April 2006, top]

Software Engineering Rated Best Job in America
Money Magazine and Salary.com issued a report claiming that Software Engineering is the number one job in America. I agree with their assessment. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Software Engineering Rated Best Job in America }

[12 April 2006, top]

Health Problems Related to the Geek Lifestyle
I don't know how the health of geeks compares with the general population, but I've seen my share of unhealthy geeks. Bottom-line: Overall good health is necessary in order to be a sustainable geek. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Health Problems Related to the Geek Lifestyle }

[06 April 2006, top]

Predicting the 2006 College Basketball Final Four Winner
Predicting the winner of college basketball's Final Four by looking at Computer Science programs has been surprisingly accurate. This year's winner should be UCLAA with my informal rankings being UCLA closely followed by LSU followed by the University of Florida with George Mason bringing up the rear. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Predicting the 2006 College Basketball Final Four Winner }

[30 March 2006, top]

Is IT Still a Good Career Path?
Computerworld has posted an opinion article about how IT is still a great career choice. IT will continue to allow many people to realize their American dreams. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Is IT Still a Good Career Path? }

[22 March 2006, top]

Oxymorons... Click Counter?
The power of the click. Most computers users know that when it comes to using a computer one wrong click can be a costly error. Unlike users, many websites don't care if the click was an error or not; they are motivated by click counts. Keeping track of these counts is hard. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Oxymorons... Click Counter? }

[16 March 2006, top]

Maricopa Community Colleges New Student System
It seems the Maricopa Community Colleges have been working on a New Student System since the end of the 20th century. It will be out-dated by the time it is fully deployed. I hope they are actively working on New Student System II. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Maricopa Community Colleges New Student System }

[09 March 2006, top]

HP Helping Develop ChinaGrid
Hewlett-Packard is working with the Chinese government to help them develop the ChinaGrid, which will be one of the most powerful computing grids in the world. Needless to say, much of the hardware for the grid will be HP equipment. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Hewlett-Packard Helps Develop ChinaGrid }

[09 March 2006, top]

RIM Settles With NTP Over Blackberry
The Blackberry network was at risk of being shutdown, but Blackberry maker Research In Motion settled some patent disputes with NTP and Blackberry lives. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: RIM Settles With NTP Over Blackberry }

[04 March 2006, top]

Arizona Senators McCain and Kyl Opine About Censoring Cyberspace
Arizona senators John McCain and Jon Kyl wrote an Opinion article in the Arizona Republic in which they claimed Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft and Cisco Systems were a "gang of four" when it comes to how they do business with China. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Arizona Senators McCain and Kyl Opine About Censoring Cyberspace }

[25 February 2006, top]

A Post Arizona Town Hall On Bioscience
A Slashdot posting contained a hyperlink to a Wall Street Journal article about the gaining popularity of "politically incorrect" science fairs. Some of these science fair activities are computing-based. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: A Post Arizona Town Hall On Bioscience }

[22 February 2006, top]

Questions For Potential Tempe City Council Members
Tempe City Council elections are coming in March and I came up with some questions to see if the next Tempe City Council will be strong when it comes to high-tech, biotech, and nanotech. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Questions For Potential Tempe City Council Members }

[02 February 2006, top]

Opsware and Drugstore.com Postings To Finance.Messages.Yahoo.com
Drugstore.com announced it has selected Opsware to help manage its IT operations. Melinda Gates, wife of Bill Gates, is a large shareholder in Drugstore.com. Melinda's investment has now become dependent on how well Andreessen's Opsware system works. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Opsware and Drugstore.com Postings To Finance.Messages.Yahoo.com }

[30 January 2006, top]

Learning About Marc Andreessen and Doug Engelbart
I used Bill Gates to introduce Marc Andreessen, Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Dr. Doug Engelbart to students at SCC. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Learning About Marc Andreessen and Doug Engelbart }

[19 January 2006, top]

Oregon Gets Coverage In The Arizona Republic Business Section
The state of Oregon is booming with respect to both hardware and software. Maybe Arizona will be able to partner with Oregon to get its software industry on more solid ground. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Oregon Gets Coverage In The Arizona Republic Business Section }

[10 January 2006, top]

Continue Moving Slow With Voting Systems
An article in the Arizona Republic about voting systems prompted me to send a letter to the editor. This is the second time I felt the need to write about voting systems. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Continue Moving Slow With Voting Systems (Continued) }

[10 January 2006, top]

Computing Companies Drawn To India
More and more computing companies are expanding operations over in India. India is attractive for numerous reasons and probably the primary reason is that India's population totals nearly 1.1 billion human-beings. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Computing Companies Drawn To India }

[08 January 2006, top]

About the Computing Bits Blog
The Computing Bits blog contains postings related to the world of computing. Computing Bits are used to help us Learn About Computing a "bit at a time." The blog was started in 2001, but it did not start to get updated on a periodic basis (currently weekly) until 2003. As of 01 January 2006, the blog had 161 postings.

[01 January 2006, top]


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