MOTD::Archive::Summer 2004 (16 August 2004)

Spring 2004 MOTD

Week Ending 13 August 2004

Computing::Number of CS Majors Fall
A decline in CS graduates may imply a high-tech workforce shortage in coming years. This is good news for those students getting CS degrees the next couple of years. It is also good for those computer professionals who want to stay computer professionals; however, on balance, this is not good news for the United States of America.

Others noted that enrollments in graduate computer science programs, which remain strong, may soon begin to suffer due to increased restrictions on foreign students, who represent 43 percent of students in graduate computer science programs in the United States and Canada.

{USAToday.com:: Fewer College Students Choose Computer Majors }

[Extra] Today's (Friday, 13 August 2004) editorial in the Arizona Republic is titled: "Logging off: Fading lure of high tech carries risks for nation." [It is also putting my job at risk.]

Edu::Nothing But CS At Northface University
On Friday of last week (06 August 2004), I picked up a newspaper that somebody had left on the plane and saw an article about Northface University. Northface is a new, for-profit school that aims to graduate software developers. The Salt Lake City-based school offers a tech-heavy cirriculum with minimal liberal arts. Northface has an impressive Advisory Board that includes Peter Denning and Grady Booch. Northface students can earn a BS in CS along with both Java and .NET certifications in 28 months. {Northface.edu}

RoadHacker::The Great Basin is Great
I just completed a 2,255 mile roadtrip through and around the Great Basin. The fly/drive trip took six days/five nights. I have completed the Great Basin Roadtrip Slideshow.

[Extra] Today is yet another Friday the 13th.

[13 August 2004 (summer break 2004 ends today; 89° at 8:22am) top]


Week Ending 30 July 2004

Computing::OSDN Changes Name To OSTG
The Open Source Developers Network has changed its name to the Open Source Technology Group. I think this is a good move for VA Software with their wholly-owned OSTG.com collection of web properties such as Slashdot, SourceForge, ITManagers Journal, Linux.com, NewsForge, ThinkGeek, FreshMeat, and so on. The OSTG motto is "Where Technology is Going." {OSTG.com:: Open Source Technology Group}

DeadTeam::Francis Crick and Rosalind Franklin
The worlds of biology and computer are rapidly merging. More and more Computer Scientists can see using dna-computers in our computing future. Francis Crick helped discover the double-helix structure of DNA back in the 1950s. He did on Thursday, 29 July 2004, at the age of 88. He has been added to the GDT:: DeadTeam.

Thanks to inputs from CaitlinG, Rosalind Franklin -- who was a DNA guru back in the 1950s -- was also added to the GDT:: DeadTeam. Franklin died in 1958 at the age of 37 and her work provided useful insights in the some of the discoveries made by Crick.

RoadHacker::Great Basin Here I Come
On Sunday, 01 August 2004, start a fly/drive roadtrip around and through the Great Basin shared between Utah, Nevada, Oregon, and Idaho. Here is the roadtrip plan.

[30 July 2004 (a hot day awaits us as the monsoon takes a break; 86° at 8:00am) top]


Week Ending 23 July 2004

Computing::FLOSS Gaining in Popularity
"Our belief was if you give this really generous license, it builds the biggest audience possible," said Brian Behlendorf, a founder of Apache. "And if you do that, you inherently build the largest pool of people interested in contributing back. "Call it idealism," he said. "It's certainly very idealistic, but it works." {Biz.Yahoo.com:: Open-Source Software a Big Tech Player}

Computing::O'Reilly Quoted by CNN
On 20 July 2004, CNN published an article about open source. They mentioned open source projects such as Linux, Apache, and BIND. Tim O'Reilly -- the publisher of high-tech books -- was quoted in the article.

During speeches to industry conferences, O'Reilly poses a simple question to make a point: How many people in the group use the open-source Linux operating system? Depending on the audience, as few as 10 percent of hands are raised.

He then asks the crowd how many use Google. Nearly everyone acknowledges use of the popular search engine, which he points out runs Linux as the foundation of its estimated 100,000 computers. Google's search algorithms are built on top of that.

Is Google using 100,000 Linux systems?

Speaks::Thurman Speaks About Martha Stewart and Kobe Bryant
Martha Stewart and Kobe Bryant have been in the news recently and it prompted me to write GDT::Speaks:: About Martha Stewart and Kobe Bryant.

[Extra] Because the Valley of the Sun is experiencing power shortages, the Diamondbacks have raised the temperature in their ballpark from 78° to 82°. Low and behold the players are complaining it is too hot. I suspect they will expect larger pay raises given they are forced to play games in such harsh conditions.

[Extra] And speaking of power, I guess business is good on Mill Avenue since many stores are able to provide A/C to those walking on the sidewalk. {AzFoo.net::Foos:: Open Doors On Mill Avenue in Tempe, Arizona}

[23 July 2004 (overcast skies keeping the temperature down; 100° at 1:23pm) top]


Week Ending 16 July 2004

Computing::Steve Bourne and Alan Kay
Steve Bourne is the Summer 2004 addition to the GDT::DreamTeam. Bourne created the Unix shell back in the early 1970s. These days he is a CTO along with being on the editorial advisory board for the ACM Queue. {GDT::DreamTeam::Member:: Steve Bourne}

Alan Kay -- creator of Smalltalk and winner of the 2003 ACM Turing Award -- has been added to the list of GDT::DreamTeam nominees. {From 08 July 2004, Fortune.com:: A PC Pioneer Decries the State of Computing}

Computing::Bill Gates Speaks Against Open Source
Bill Gates is on an Asian tour promoting Microsoft products. He is quoted saying "If you don't want to create jobs or intellectual property, then there is a tendency to develop open source. It is not something you do as a day job. If you want to give it away, you work on it at night." I'm not sure what he is saying, but when Gates speaks most of the computing world listens. {AsiaComputerWeekly.com:: Open Source Kills Jobs, Says Gates}

RoadHacker::RoadTrip::The Midwest, July 2004
I have returned from 1176 mile roadtrip through Illinois and Iowa. The roadtrip originated in Chicago and the SPAM Museum in Austin, Minnesota, was the primary destination. Here is a roadtrip slideshow.

[16 July 2004 (the monsoon season has started; sunny with a view clouds; 100° at 10:05am) top]


Week Ending 09 July 2004

Computing::McNealy Asks 'What do analysts know?'
Scott McNealy (co-founder and CEO of Sun Microsystems) indicates that stuff is going well at Sun and those market analysts who say otherwise are full of foo (although not in these exact words). {NewsFactor.com:: McNealy: 'What Do Analysts Know?'}

Computing::Be Bold Scottsdale... Please, Be Bold
Last week the East Valley Tribune is reported that the Scottsdale City Council may say "No" to coverting the old Los Arcos mall location into a high-tech center led by ASU. The following is a quote from the article.

"Scottsdale Mayor Mary Manross said it would be almost unthinkable to lose the pending deal with ASU. 'If that were to occur, it would be a real missed opportunity for the city of Scottsdale,' she said. 'We have a chance to take a giant step forward to try and build a real sustainable future for the city. We need to be bold.'"

On Saturday, 03 July 2004, the Arizona Republic ran a similar story.

I am hoping that "Scottsdale" and "be bold" are not oxymorons.

{AzTrib.com:: ASU deal hinges on Scottsdale City Council}
{AzCentral.com:: City approval of ASU center now in doubt}

Foo::Wanna Be Rich? Do Professional Sports
The Phoenix Suns have signed Steve Nash to a six-year $65-million contract. That works out to approximately $10.8 million per year. If we assume Nash will work 40 hours per week for 52 weeks (which he won't be doing), then he will earn $5,192 per hour.

Continuing with professional sports... the Arizona Diamondbacks (a losing baseball team) has a collection of crappy players making millions of dollars, but the Diamondbacks fired their manager rather than the players. Most managers cannot field a winning baseball team when their players suck. In baseball, if you can hit a ball 3-out-of-10 times, then you are a millionaire and a potential TV personality.

[09 July 2004 (I'm returning from a midwest roadtrip later today; auto-posting 4:20am) top]


AzFoo::Holiday:: Independence Day


Week Ending 02 July 2004

DeadTeam::Herman Goldstine
Herman Heine Goldstine was a mathematician involved in the development of the first electronic computers (like ENIAC). He died on 16 June 2004 at the age of 90 (Parkinson's disease). Goldstine was awarded the National Medal of Science by Ronald Reagan in 1985. Herman is now a member of the GDT:: DeadTeam.

Stocks::Summer 2004 Offers Up a Good IPO Market
Two software companies -- Blackboard and Salesforce.com -- had "successful" Initial Public Offerings (IPOs). Google and Nanosys await on the sidelines. {GDT::Computing::Bit:: Mid-Summer 2004 IPO Market is Hot}

RoadHacker::SPAM Museum... Here We Come
I am off on a fly/drive roadtrip to the SPAM Museum located in Austin, Minnesota. The trip starts by flying to Chicago, Illinois. Here is the GDT::Fun:: Midwest Summer 2004 Roadtrip Plan.

[02 July 2004 (our excellent weather continues; 77° at 7:44am) top]


AzFoo::Holiday:: Father's Day


Week Ending 18 June 2004

Computing::Hoare Speaks About the Global Ubiquitous Computer (GUC)
Sir Tony Hoare (currently a senior scientist at Microsoft Research) "believes the computer industry needs a 'grand challenge' to inspire it." I remember seeing computer text books by Tony Hoare during the late 1970s/early 1980s. Hoare has become a GDT::DreamTeam nominee. {TheRegister.co.uk:: Computing Needs a Grand Challenge}

Computing::I Continue to Dislike JavaScript
I have never been a fan of the JavaScript programming language. JavaScript is code that is placed in HTML files and it is executed by browsers when webpages are rendered. Note: JavaScript works only if the browser has it enabled; clients can disable JavaScript, which is many cases leave some websites unusable. I did two holiday-related webpages that both used JavaScript and both of them failed to work on some browsers. {GDT::JavaScript:: About the getYear() Date Method}

RoadHacker::Coolidge Dam; Camp Verde
I did two one-day roadtrips this week. The first was to Coolidge Dam and the second was to Camp Verde.

[18 June 2004 (another sunny day with blue sky; 97° at 11:55am) top]


AzFoo::Holiday:: National Flag Day


Week Ending 11 June 2004

Computing::OSDN Starts the IT Research Library
OSDN (Open Source Development Network) has entered into a partnership with BitPipe.com to provide an IT Research Library. Note: OSDN is a wholly owned subsidiary of VA Software. {Whitepapers.OSDN.com:: IT Research Library for the Development Community}

Computing::The Business Journal Editorializes on Los Arcos
The Phoenix Business Journal from 04 June 2004 wrote a positive editorial about the ASU Scottsdale Center for New Technology and Innovation. The title on their editorial was "Los Arcos saga conclusion deserves a standing ovation." I agree with them; however, today, Friday, 11 June 2004, the Arizona Republic reported that the Scottsdale political leaders are not going to just say Yes. Once again the saying nothing's easy holds true.

TempeHacker::South Mountain Park, Phoenix, Arizona
One of the biggest reasons why I like living in the Valley of the Sun is the Phoenix Preserves. Here are some pictures from a recent hike of South Mountain Park.

[11 June 2004 (wow, almost mid-June and it is a sunny 95° at 1:45pm) top]


Week Ending 04 June 2004

Computing::Open Source to the Core
The Wednesday, 02 June 2004, Slashdot headlines contained a hyperlink to an ACM Queue article authored by Apple Computer's Jordan Hubbard. Hubbard (co-creator of FreeBSD) sub-titled his article ACMqueue.com:: Using open source in real-world software products: The good, the bad and the ugly.

Computing::Computer Stupidities
Computers have always been a great source for humor. Thanks to KevinO for providing a hyperlink to RinkWorks.com:: Computer Stupidities.

RoadHacker::Winslow, Arizona
TempeHacker::Downtown Tempe and Papago Park

[RoadHacker] I visited Winslow, Arizona, for two days/one night over the Memorial Day 2004 weekend. Here is my road trip report.

[TempeHacker] On Thursday, 03 June 2004, I took the bus to downtown Tempe and visited Papago Park. Here are some pictures.

[04 June 2004 (sunny and hot; 105° at 1:45pm) top]


AzFoo::Holiday:: Memorial Day


Week Ending 28 May 2004

MOTD::Archive::Spring 2004 MOTD Archived
The Spring 2004 MOTD has been archived. Welcome to Summer Break 2004 (version 21) of the MOTD (Message-Of-The-Day).

Computing::Edward Yourdon's New Book
Edward Yourdon is writing a new book about the "realities of offshore outsourcing" titled Brain Drain.

RoadHacker::I've Been To Dateland, Arizona
I took a one-day, 329 mile, roadtrip through the Sonoran Desert National Monument to Gila Bend to Painted Rock to Hyder to Dateland and back home. {AzFoo.net::Places:: Tempe to Dateland via Gila Bend and Painted Rock}

Earlier during Summer Break 2004 I flew from San Diego, CA, to Phoenix, AZ, and had a chance to get some pictures of the Salton Sea from the air. These pictures along with pictures from an earlier visit to the Salton Sea prompted me to write AzFoo.net::Places:: Salton Sea -- From the Ground and the Air .

[28 May 2004 (another sunny day ahead of us; 76° at 8:30am) top]


GDT::MOTD::Archive:: Spring 2004

Author: Gerald D. Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
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