Month / July 2005

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  • Gear-heads

    The New York Times has an article about how some people use heart-rate monitors, GPS, and power-meters to quantify their exercise. And some of them obsess over the data . These people…

  • Nice housing market you got there. Shame if anything happened to it…

    Mortgage insurance company PMI says that there’s a “51.3% likelihood” that housing prices in Santa Clara will drop over the next two years. They say they arrived at that figure by comparing…

  • IPO for iRobot

    Many years ago, I taught an undergraduate Digital Systems class at MIT. While teaching was an incredibly demanding, it was rewarding to teach such bright, motivated students. I was happy to recommend…

  • Material girls and boys

    Some mathematicians at University College London claim to have found the secret to a girl’s heart. (That alone should give you pause). According to their extensive game theory simulations, men should offer…

  • That’s the best name they could get for $1.2B?

    IBM just announced a new line of mainframe computers, called the z9. They say that over 5,000 engineers worked on the project for 3 years, at a cost of $1.2 billion. That…

  • Their chip goes to eleven

    PCWorld repeats a press release from chip maker Sandbridge. They say that multimode phones could use one Sandbridge chip, instead of separate baseband chips for each network. Fair enough, although established chip…

  • Wharf to Wharf

    On Sunday I ran in the Wharf to Wharf race in Santa Cruz. Yep. Just me and 15,000 of my closest friends. It was a fun 6 mile race from the Santa…

  • Another wave I didn’t ride

    In spite of everything, home prices in Santa Clara just keep setting records: Santa Clara County home prices sizzle. Just eight months after reaching $600,000, the median price of houses sold in…

  • Clone this chip!

    Research firm In-Stat claims that new Godson-2 processor being produced in China is a copy of the MIPS architecture. (It also gets my vote for creepiest processor name – it sounds like…

  • Jobs in the valley – more or less

    The state announced that Silicon Valley employed 6,900 more people in June than in May. But in spite of this, companies in Santa Clara and San Benito county employed 1,800 fewer in…