MOTD::Archive::Spring 2003 (23 May 2003)

Fall 2002 MOTD

Week Ending 23 May 2003 (last Spring 2003 posting)'s Lost Allure
A Slashdot thread started on Thursday, 22 May 2003, discussing a New York Times article about declining Computer Science enrollments at universities and colleges.'s Lost Allure

Bill Joy Speaks With the Harvard Business Review has an article that addresses a question posed by Bill Joy: "What if the reality is that [business] people have already bought most of the stuff [computer equipment] they want to own?" To HBR:IT's Thermodynamics 101 Lost reports that the Information Technology (IT) industry is maturing. Here is a quote From the Economist.

"What has yet to sink in is that the current downturn is something more than the bottom of another cycle in the technology industry. Rather, as this survey will argue, the sector is going through deep structural changes which suggest that it is growing up or even, horrors, maturing. Silicon Valley, in particular, has not yet come to grips with the realities, argues Larry Ellison, the chief executive of Oracle, a database giant (who at 58 still sports a youthful hairdo). "There's a bizarre belief that we'll be young forever," he says." Lost

Ellison says young forever, but I like to think Forever Young...

May God bless and keep you always,
May your wishes all come true,
May you always do for others
And let others do for you.
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung,
May you stay Forever Young.

-- Bob Dylan (01941-){American singer-songwriter-poet; more...} [inspirational]

[23 May 2003 (1st week of summer break is over; 101° at 4:30pm) top]

Week Ending 16 May 2003

Tonight is Yet Another Graduation Ceremony at SCC
Tonight I will be attending my 6th SCC Graduation Ceremony. These events are always fun and heart-warming. Tonight's graduates should take pride in their accomplishments. I want to extend a huge Thank You to all students -- past, present, and future.

I reviewed the MOTD Archive and pulled out these writings from previous Spring semesters.

   May 2002
   Tonight I will be attending my 5th SCC Graduation Ceremony. 
   I suspect there will be a couple of students graduating that 
   I know and to those students I say Congratulations!

   May 2001
   I am looking forward to attending tonight's graduation ceremony 
   at SCC. This will be my 4th graduation and each year the event 
   makes me teary-eyed. This year I'm actually going to know some of 
   the students graduating.

   If you recall, last week I attended graduation ceremonies at USC 
   and that was a great experience [I like USC now; good job MitchG]. 
   During the ceremony a USC professor indicated that if you reduced 
   our 6 billion-plus world population to 100 [preserving ratios] only 
   one person would have a college degree. When expressed this way, 
   I think it indicates how precious a college degree is. I yell 
   Congratulations! to all of tonight's graduates. 

   May 2000 -- I didn't write anything.

   May 1999
   The semester is over. I want to thank all of my students for the effort 
   they have given this semester. This is the end of my second year of being 
   a teacher (actually all I do is lecture) and I think I'll be forever trying 
   to figure out how to do a good job. Good luck to all of you!

   May 1998 -- I didn't write anything.

Today Should Be the Start of My Sabbatical, but...
I should be starting my sabbatical today, but my sabbatical proposal was soundly rejected. Ironically, as of Fri May 16 07:21:46 MST 2003 a Google search for Gerald Thurman results in the #1 hyperlink being to my rejected sabbatical proposal. [Take that Uma.]

[16 May 2003 (the 1st 100 degree for 2003 is expected; 84° at 9:40am) top]

AzFoo::Holiday:: Mother's Day

Week Ending 09 May 2003

Many Unemployed Technologists Becoming Entrepreneurs
The downturn in the IT (Information Technology) industry is resulting in numerous changes to the life and times of computer professionals. has posted an article that offers the following moral for the early part of the 21st Century: "If you get laid off, don't bother to look for another job -- create one." Accidental Entrepreneur

Arizona Politicians Say No to the Golden Rule
I was completely un-aware that Arizona's politicians were voting to make Arizona a Golden Rule state. This is sad because they ended up voting NO. Computing ethics requires computer users to follow the Golden Rule. "Computer security" will always be an oxymoron if we don't live by the Golden Rule. I need edification on this: what's wrong with the Golden Rule? Arizona Politicians Say We Don't Need the Golden Rule.

Ted Nugent and I Agree on Something
I like some of Ted Nugent's music but Ted and I would never be buddies. Regardless, Nugent spoke some racists remarks on a radio show and he defended himself by saying, "political correctness has brought America to its knees. Not me. NEVER!" Thank You, Ted, for helping the computer industry reclaim the correct meaning of PC: PC stands for Personal Computer, not political correctness.

[09 May 2003 (sunny and warm; 80° at 2:50pm) top]

Week Ending 02 May 2003

It's Official: MCCCD Tuition Rates Jump 10.7%
The Spring of 2003 has not been friendly from a cost-of-education perspective. It is getting expensive to stay forever young by being a life long learner.

"The MCCCD Governing Board adopted the Tuition and Fee Schedule for next fiscal year, including a $5 per credit hour increase in the basic rate. Tuition will rise to $51 per credit hour for classes beginning on July 1, 2003."

I wrote numerous notes during the Spring 2003 semester on the topic of increasing tuition rates, but my efforts were nothing more than writing exercises. Today, I spoke about this topic for the last time by writing GDT::Speaks::About Increasing Tuition Rates.

O'Reilly and Associates::Founders' Copyright and Open Books
O'Reilly and Associates has initiated an Open Books project under which O'Reilly is posting the content of numerous books to their website. These Open Books were published using licenses such as the GNU Free Documentation License, the Open Publication License and the GNU General Public License. In addition, here is a 23 April 2003 O'Reilly press release announcing that O'Reilly First to Adopt Founders' Copyright. [More... O'Reilly Open Books Project]

I had just finished updating the MOTD and decided to see what the headlines were -- I found this hyperlink'Reilly Commits to Short Copyright Durations. and About Litter
I am looking forward to resuming my litter efforts during the Summer of 2003. will be picking up lots of litter. Most of it will be in Tempe, but there will be some Valley of the Sun and state-wide outings. has a chance to pick-up litter in the following states: Nevada, California, Oregon, Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming, South Dakota and Illinois.  |

[02 May 2003 (cloudy and warm; 85° at 1:50pm) top]

Week Ending 25 April 2003

Arizona StRUT - Computer Recycle Day, Saturday, 26 April 2003
AzStRUT is the Arizona Students Recycling Used Technology and they are having a Computer Recycle Day on Saturday, 26 April 2003, from 8:00am until noon. If you have computer stuff that you want to get rid of, then don't toss it in the alley; instead, give it to AzStRUT and let them take care of it for you. Recycle Day

Arizona Bio Expo 2003 is Today (Friday, 25 April 2003)
In a couple of hours I will be attending Arizona Bio Expo 2003. This year's primary sponsor's are IBM, the Arizona Republic and ASU. The Maricopa County Community College District has provided some sponsorship support. Bio Expo 2003 [Note: 50 years ago... and Crick describe structure of DNA.] [Thanks Google.]

Arizona State University Gets Big Computer
IBM, who wants to establish a Life Sciences presence in Arizona, has sold a $4 million super-computer to ASU. [The $4 million is after IBM granted a 65% discount on the normal asking price.] According to ASU, this super-computer will have the power of 1000 personal computers working together to solve computing problems. ASU will share this computer with TGen. Buys System to Boost Genomics

[25 April 2003 (another sunny day awaits us; 58° at 6:52am) top]

Week Ending 18 April 2003

ACM::Announces 2002 A.M. Turing Award Winners
Ronald L. Rivest, Adi Shamir and Leonard M. Adleman have been given an award for "their development work in public-key cryptography" and the "RSA algorithm" at MIT in 1977. [ A.M. Turing Award]

Best Programming Language... Best Text Editor...
There is no "best" programming language because the best programming language can change from one computing problem to another. Programmers have probably been debating the pros and cons of programming languages ever since there was more than one. [ GDT::Computing::Bit::Perl Versus PHP Versus Python]

A discussion occured on the AzPHP mailing list about which text editor is "best." This question does not have a correct answer because the best text editor can change from user to user. If you use and are happy with text editor foo, then for you foo is the best text editor. [ GDT::Computing::Bit::The Best Text Editor]

PESTS::Psychologists Educating Students to Think Skeptically
Jeff Ricker is Chair of the Behavioral Science Department at Scottsdale Community College. I found his PESTS website nicely done and one of his postings morphed into Biotech::Trekker::The Digitial Divide Meets the Fear of Science.

Skeptical thinking is required to satisfy the CPSR motto to question technology.

[18 April 2003 (nice day outside, but I have a cold and can't play; 70° at 11:25am) top]

Week Ending 11 April 2003

Rob Pike Added to GDT::DreamTeam
Rob Pike is the Spring 2003 addition to the GDT::DreamTeam.

Since 1980 until recently, Pike was a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs. Pike has worked on the design and implementation of Unix, Plan 9 and Inferno. He has co-authored two classic computer books: The Unix Programming Environment and The Practice of Programming. At this moment of time Rob Pike is working at Google. Pike's email address is Pike has appeared on David Letterman, won an Olympic silver medal in Archery (1980), and a shuttle mission nearly launched a gamma-ray telescope he designed. Rob Pike's Homepage

W. Richard Stevens Added to GDT::DeadTeam
W. Richard Stevens died on 01 September 1999. Stevens wrote numerous excellent computer books (I consider all of them worthy of purchase).

   + UNIX Network Programming, Volume 2, Second Edition: 
     Interprocess Communications, Prentice Hall, 1999. 

   + UNIX Network Programming, Volume 1, Second Edition: 
     Networking APIs: Sockets and XTI, Prentice Hall, 1998.

   + TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 3: TCP for Transactions, HTTP, 
     NNTP, and the UNIX Domain Protocols, Addison-Wesley, 1996.

   + TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 2: The Implementation, 
     Addison-Wesley, 1995.

   + TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1: The Protocols, 
     Addison-Wesley, 1994.

   + Advanced Programming in the UNIX Environment, 
     Addison-Wesley, 1992.

   + UNIX Network Programming, Prentice Hall, 1990.
W. Richard Stevens' Homepage

ATF Meeting Report
I don't have much to report from the Spring 2003 ATF (Articulation Task Force) meeting except for the following: CIS programs around the state are heavily promoting .NET training (some are using VB6, some are using C#); the CS programs at ASU, UofA and NAU do not have any immediate plans to add C# to their curriculums.

[11 April 2003 (sunny blue skies; 82° at 12:45pm) top]

Week Ending 04 April 2003

Andreessen Says... [silicon] Valley to Save [silicon] Valley
Marc Andreesen created the Mosiac browser during April of 1993 -- ten (10) years ago. Since that time, Andreesen helped start Netscape and he worked shortly AOL after AOL purchased Netscape. These days Andreesen is helping run a company named Opsware. Andreesen was a nominee to be added to the GDT::DreamTeam; however, he will have wait until some other time before becoming a DreamTeam member. The San Jose Mercury News recently conducted an interview with Andreesen in which he claims the valley is going to save the valley. [Note: Andreesen's valley is Silicon Valley -- not the Valley of the Sun.]

Oh to Live on Yucca Mountain [sorry Neil]
I guess there are problems with water leakage at Yucca Mountain and this could cause problems if radio-active waste material is buried there. I wonder if the same is true with respect to old computer equipment? Here is a quote from the following article: "To date, the department has spent $4 billion - more than it cost to map the human genome." or Die at Yucca Mountain

Yet-Another-ATF Meeting
Today, 04 April 2003, is the Spring 2003 ATF meeting. I am out-of-town because this year's meeting is being hosted by Coconino Community College. I typically make these meetings into short road-trips. This semester has me spending a Friday night in Flagstaff followed by a Saturday night in Winslow. Here is the Spring 2003 ATF road trip plan.

[04 April 2003 (early, early, early; dark 54° at 4:15am) top]

Week Ending 28 March 2003

The Merging of Computing and Biology
The GDT::Biotech::Learning About Biotechnolgy resource continues to grow. The following quotes from Ken Thompson help explain why biotech is of interest.

"Well, I had to give advice to my son, and my advice to him - to the next generation - was to get into biology."

"Computer science is coming into its middle age. It's turning into a commodity. People don't know about Carnot cycles for refrigerators, yet they buy refrigerators. It's happening in computing too. Who knows about compilers? They buy computers to play games and balance their checkbooks. So my advice to my child was - I am unfortunately talking to Computer magazine - to go into biology, not classic biology but gene therapy and things like that."

"[...] aspects of computer science are becoming more specialized."

GDT::Biotech::Learning About Biotechnology

Computing as a Long Term Career
In two months I will turn 46 years young. I got my first computing job during the Summer of 1979. It is almost the summer of 2003 and that means I have been computing for more than half my life. 24 years may seem like a long duration, but I am still almost 20 years away from retirement. The computing industry -- like most other industries -- is cyclical and we are currently experiencing a painful down cycle. Here are some IT related hyperlinks to articles that discuss the current state-of-IT.

[28 March 2003 (breezy and cooler today; we are at war... 71° at 4:25pm) top]

Week Ending 21 March 2003

Spring Break 2003 is Over (i.e. History)
Spring Breaks are always exactly one week every year during the middle of March, yet it seems as though they keep getting shorter and shorter. Today is Friday and it is the last official day of Spring Break 2003. This Spring Break included a three day/two night road trip into the southwest deserts of California followed by the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Googles (i.e. lots) of information on the war can be found using the Internet, newspapers, magazines, TV and radio; therefore, here is my Spring Break 2003 Road Trip Report.

[21 March 2003 (Spring Break 2003 is over... it is nice outside... 76° at 3:52pm) top]

Week Ending 14 March 2003

About IT (Information Technology) Salaries
This information comes from

According to a study by -- an online high-tech employment service -- IT workers age 30 and under saw their salaries decline, salaries for those 40 to 50 remained unchanged, whereas those 50 and older experienced a 1% increase. Here is a quote.

"IT managers now are demanding that the people they hire have multiple technical skills to go with their business insight. Older workers also are more likely than their younger compatriots to know the technologies that run back-end systems that keep their companies afloat."

Speaking of salaries... Bobby Knight has told Texas Tech University to keep his $225,000 salary for this year because his basketball team did not meet expectations. [Texas Tech ended the regular season with 16 wins and 11 losses.]

IT Outsourcing Hot Topic on PLUG
I have posted items about IT outsourcing to the GDT website from time-to-time. This topic is currently active on the Phoenix Linux User Group discussion list. Many people who work in the IT industry are worried that they may have to leave the profession because of a lack of good jobs. Outsourcing is sensitive subject matter. Here is note summarizing my contributions to the discussion.

Happy Birthday to Albert Einstein
I visited Google today and learned from Google's logo that today (14 March 2003) is the birthdate of Albert Einstein.

   Example isn't another way to teach, it is the only way to teach.

   Imagination is more important than knowledge.

   Sometimes one pays most for the things they get for nothing.

   Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.

   Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.

   If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z.  
   Work is x; play is y; and z is keeping your mouth shut. Quotes from Albert Einstein

Interestingly, Einstein was not on the GDT::DeadTeam, but he is now.

[14 March 2003 (Spring Break 2003 has begun... 80° at 4:11pm) top]

Week Ending 07 March 2003

Arizona Republic::The Paper Supports University Tuition Increases
On Wednesday, 05 March 2003, the Arizona Republic ran an editorial supporting Arizona state universities raising their tuition rates. I disagreed with the Republic and sent a Letter to the Editor saying No to tuition increases.

Arizona Republic::Arizona Government and Technology (Computing)
...Technology Transfer::House Bill 2043
House Bill 2403 allows state universities to receive equity in companies in exchange for stuff they create. [I like to think about Stanford and Google and eGroups and VA Software.] House Bill 2403 has passed the House and it is now up for a Senate vote and is supported by Arizona governor Napolitano. It appears as though the Bill will require approval of Arizona voters because it requires a change to the Arizona constitution. [Quickie question: Does this technology transfer deal include community colleges?]

...Governor's Council on Innovation and Technology
The Governor's Council on Innovation and Technology has established a website located at This council was created January 2003 to help develop Arizona's high-technology industries. [Quickie question: Why is the chair of this council a bank president? View Council Member List]

...Tidbit About Napolitano's Name
Napolitano is a politician and I find it interesting that the Napolitano contains the beginnings of the word politics.

Arizona Republic::Arizona State University and Money
Motorola, Intel and ASU have "agreed to commit $3 million to study embedded system technology." The money will be invested into the Center for Embedded and Inter-Networking Technologies with one goal being the preparation of students to work in the semiconductor industry. [04 March 2003, Arizona Republic, Business Section]

ASU is seeking money from the Arizona legislature to help build and operate a facility to support their Arizona Biodesign Institute. ASU (and the University of Arizona) are requesting "$29 million a year for the next 25 years." This works out to an investment of $725,000,000. This money does not include the cost of funding research efforts. [04 March 2003, Arizona Republic, State Capital Section]

[07 March 2003 (mostly blue sky... 61° at 10:45am) top]

Week Ending 21 February 2003

Yahoo!News::Billions Wasted On Redundant Federal IT Spending
The article starts with... "The federal government might be squandering as much as one-fifth of the nearly $60 billion it allocates for IT on redundant systems and services." I read no further (and no hyperlink is given) because this is no surprise.

Flop, Flop, Fizz, Fizz... Oh what a relief IT is -- Good News
This week's postings to the Internet Observer, Unix & Linux Logger and Security Watchdog all include hyperlinks to articles posted to Crossroads is a student run publication of the ACM. The ACM is the Association for Computing Machinery and it is "the world's oldest and largest educational and scientific computing society. Since 1947 ACM has provided a vital forum for the exchange of information, ideas, and discoveries. Today, ACM serves a membership of computing professionals and students in more than 100 countries in all areas of industry, academia, and government."

[21 February 2003 (looking forward to DSO tonight... bright and sunny morning 55° at 8:03am) top]

AzFoo::Holiday:: Presidents' Day' Day at the Tom Mix Memorial

Week Ending 14 February 2003

Happy Birthday Arizona (91 Years Young)

More About IT Certifications IT Certifications and What They're Really Worth. If you read this article, then be sure to visit Certification, Salaries & the IT Market.

Old Computers Are Litter
Old computers are difficult to dispose of because many of their parts and pieces can be harmful to our environment. Computing is not a clean industry. I think old computers should be collected and shipped to Yucca Mountain. Old Computers Never Die -- They Just Cost Colleges Money in New Ways Students Recycling Used Technology

There has been a flurry of discussion on the PLUG about supporting

Units of Measurement
The URL for this resource has been floating around the Internet and I added it to GDT::Glossary -- Units of Measurement.

[14 February 2003 (I said No to Valentines Day... damp 60° at 12:57pm) top]

Week Ending 07 February 2003

Silicon Valley and I Agree
Until the current state of computer security becomes vastly improved, I say No to computerized voting systems. Valley to Vote on Tech.

[Side-bar] Literally minutes after typing in this posting, I received an email from the CPSR having the Subject Line: "Help Avert a Voting System Disaster in Santa Clara County" The CPSR email message contained the hyperlink

I have added Herman Hollorith, John von Neumann and the STS-107 Crew to the GDT::DeadTeam.

GDT::Course::Learning About XHTML
Compared to learning programming languages such as Bash, Perl, C, C++, Java, etc., XHTML (the Extensible Hyper-Text Markup Language) is not that hard to learn and master. HTML is the language of webpages and every computer student should know how to create webpages using HTML. Today, Friday, 07 February 2003, I am conducting a one-day Learning About XHTML seminar at the SCC Airpark campus. Here are notes from the seminar.

[07 February 2003 (XHTML seminar day -- 5 students... chilly 45° at 5:40am) top]

NASA Human Space Flight -- STS-107 (01 February 2003)

A Tribute to the Astronauts

Week Ending 31 January 2003

Outsourcing... Is it bad?
The topic of "outsourcing" has been a hot topic on the AZIPA mailing list (AZIPA is the Arizona Internet Professionals Assocication). What is outsourcing? In a nutshell, outsourcing is American companies hiring foreign-based companies to write their software for them. Companies outsource primarily for monetary reasons. It hasn't happened yet, but I'm waiting for somebody to write that outsourcing is a terrorist activity. to 45% of IT Jobs to be Outsourced

Here is an outsourcing related quote: "Government, especially the federal government, is more and more open to the idea of outsourcing their IT needs, in part because of a shortage of IT workers." Question: what about Homeland Security?

AOL Time Warner Loss Approximates $100 Billion ($100,000,000,000.00)
AOL Time Warner posted a 2002 net loss of nearly $100 billion -- the largest annual loss in U.S. corporate history -- and Ted Turner is steping down as vice chairman. Many Internet users are LOL over AOL. AOL was smart when it took over Netscape, but they failed with that acquisition and then came along Time Warner and Ted Turner. I wish I had a basic understading of accounting because I can't figure out how a company can lose $100 billion -- and that is U.S. dollars -- and still remain in business.

ASU Biotech/CS; ASU Cybersecurity; ASU Basketball
ASU has a new President, a $50 million gift to the Business school, an investment in Biotechnology and a good guy for a basketball coach. Tempe's Early Risers Forum | ASU Brown Bag with Edgeos | ASU Basketball

[31 January 2003 (heading for a high of 84, currently 74° at 11:49am) top]

Week Ending 24 January 2003

GDT::DreamTeam::Spring 2003 Nominees
Every semester a Computing Guru is added to the GDT::DreamTeam. This semester's new Dream Team member will be selected from an outstanding collection of nominees.

GDT::Biotech::Trekker::Learning About Biotech
The Biotech::Trekker was started near the end of the Fall 2002 semester and it can potentially become a useful resource. More...

GDT::Stocks::Updates on Yahoo, IBM, Ebay, Microsoft and Sun
Numerous computer companies have reported quarterly results. And, SCO Group has been added to GDT::Stocks::Portfolio. Bend, Texas; Florence and Superior, Arizona
During Winter Break 2002 I took a one-day road trip to visit the Arizona towns of Florence and Superior. I also took a 5 day/4 night road trip to southwest Texas to visit Big Bend National Park. Here is a slide show of pictures.

[24 January 2003 (posting to the MOTD never gets old; warm 80° at 4:31pm) top]

AzFoo::Holiday:: Martin Luther King Day

Week Ending 17 January 2003

Colleges Continue to Promote Microsoft Office XP (Pro)
Microsoft Office XP, Microsoft XP Professional Upgrade, and Adobe Acrobat 5.0 remain the top three pieces of software sold at college bookstores. Breaking into the Top 10 at spot four was Macintosh OS X 10.2. Software at College Bookstores in December

TBTF Remains Good To The End
I want to extend a GDT::Thanks to Keith Dawson for hosting the Tasty Bits from the Technology Front (TBTF). Dawson provided an excellent resource -- for Free -- from late 1994 to May 2002. TBTF proudly enters the Internet history archives.

About MCCCD's Faculty Convocation 2003
My Spring 2003 semester started on Friday, 10 January 2003, with the Maricopa County Community College District's (MCCCD) Faculty Convocation. I've always enjoyed these convocations, but this year's event was a waste of time. I must have been in a bad mood when I wrote GDT::Edu::MCCCD Faculty Convocation 2003.

[Extra] Speaking of the MCCCD, they are currently considering raising tuition rates by $2 per credit (4.3% increase). There is discussion taking place about upping tuition rates $4-$5 per credit.

[17 January 2003 (getting ready to fly to Chicago, IL; 50° at 4:18am) top]

Week Ending 10 January 2003

O'Reilly and Associates Celebrate Their 25th Anniversary
At the end of the Fall 2002 semester, Tim O'Reilly was added to the GDT::DreamTeam. During 2003, O'Reilly and Associates will be celebrate O'Reilly books being 25 years young.

New Quotes Added During the 2002/2003 Winter Break

   The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, 
   but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.  
   -- Alvin Toffler

   When you're writing working code nearly as fast as you can type and your misstep 
   rate is near zero, it generally means you've achieved mastery of the language. 
   -- Eric Raymond

   Live as if you were to die tomorrow.  Learn as if you were to live forever.  
   -- Mahatma Gandhi 

   Failure is the only ladder tall enough to reach the next plateau. 
   -- Peter de Jager [Truth Picks]

2003 Begins With a Yucky Computer Job Market
The Sunday, 04 January 2003, Arizona Republic had only eleven "Help Wanted" advertisements in the Computer section. For most of the 1990s, this section spanned three/four pages. Although the Valley of the Sun is not a Silicon Valley, I suspect it is suffering similar high-technology employment woes. On 02 January 2003, Yahoo!News reported "The unemployment rate in Santa Clara County, the heart of Silicon Valley, was 7.8 percent in November, down from 8.1 percent in the prior month but up substantially from 1.3 percent in December 2000 amid the dot-com boom and torrid business investment in tech goods and services of all kinds."

[10 January 2003 (Florence/Superior road trip on Sunday; 71° at 4:15pm) top]

Week Ending 03 January 2003

AZIPA Posting... IBM Does Open Source
IBM does Open Source and they should. [ More... from]

Getting Ready for Spring 2003
No rest for the weary... Learning About Computing just keeps going and going and going. Spring 2003 is going to be a busy -- and important -- semester. I am going to apply for another Learning Grant and the Learning Grant Proposal will be a modified sabbatical proposal.

Tempe to Florence to Superior back to Tempe
I am planning on taking a one-day loop road trip to Florence (103.1) and Superior. I will be using my new digital camera. I've been to Superior a couple of times and here is a superior mural.

A Google search for the "Top of the World" on U.S. Highway 60 resulted Arizona's Vintage Roads.

[03 January 2003 (Tempe is full of Buckeyes [my kids were born in Columbus, OhighO]; 76° at 2:05pm) top]

AzFoo::Holiday:: Happy New Year

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