Excellent article by Fred Langa ("The Pros And Cons Of Firefox," April 18, 2005). I use and love Firefox but have no illusions about perfectibility. Fred is spot on that open-source users need to be as vigilant as possible.
Executive Director, Alabama Advance Inc., Birmingham, Ala.
Chasing The Pot Of Gold
Some of the reason the United States doesn't have as many engineering graduates as India or China may be that the U.S. educational system isn't as good ("Prepare Our Children To Succeed And Lead," April 11, 2005). But a big part of the reason is that U.S. high school students, looking at the big picture, see all these engineering/software jobs going away from the United States and reach their own conclusions as to the viability of engineering/software as a long-term career.
If business leaders want more engineering graduates, they have to persuade prospective students that there's a reasonable pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. If not, expect people to continue to choose other careers. It's as simple as that.
* In the map that ran on the cover of the April 18 issue, we failed to highlight the northeast corner of India. We regret the oversight.
* "Utility Interest: The Model's Catching On" should have said that Sun Microsystems has introduced programs that provide access to its grid-computing network at a rate of $1 per gigabyte for storage (April 18, 2005).
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