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1. Editor's Note: Why Kids Aren't Getting Into IT
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- IE 7 Beta May Be At Hand
- Microsoft Dubs Longhorn 'Windows Vista'
- Microsoft Beefing Up Windows Anti-Piracy Program
- Microsoft Provides Peek At Office 12, Touts Distributed Forms Capability
- Windows 2000 Rollup Makes PCs Suffer
- Microsoft Stock Drops After Earnings Gain
- Microsoft's Rosy Earnings Have A Couple Of Dark Clouds
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- After Announcing Huge Layoffs, HP Seeks 1,302 New Hires
- Brazilian Police Bust Dope Ring Built Around Google's Orkut
- Marketers Eye The Mobile Phone: Is Spam Far Behind?
- Experiment Supports Controversial 'Fusion-In-A-Jar' Claims
- GAO: Homeland Security Isn't Protecting Internet
- Federal Web Site To Provide Info About Sex Offenders
- Unauthorized Data Access At CardSystems Began In April
2004, Bank Says
- New Phishing Attacks Fool Users
- HSBC And SAS Building Advanced Card-Fraud-Detection System
- Daylight-Saving Time Extension Vexes Airlines
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1. Editor's Note: Why Kids Aren't Getting Into IT
Bill Gates is one of the towering figures of the past 150 years
or so, ranking--in my view--with Franklin Roosevelt, Thomas
Edison, and the Wright Brothers. But occasionally, he utters
things that show his perspective is a bit, well, skewed.
Gates wonders why more kids these days don't go
into computer science. He said last week that even if young
people don't know that salaries and job openings in computer
science are on the rise, they're hooked on so much
technology--cell phones, digital music players, instant
messaging, Internet browsing--that it's puzzling why more don't
want to grow up to be programmers.
This is spoken like a man who was born well off, attended
Harvard, and became the wealthiest man in the world. By contrast,
kids these days are worried about survival and money in a way
that we haven't seen since before the baby boom. The kids who
will enter college in a few weeks are kids who turned 14 when the
planes hit the World Trade Center. They spent most of their
adolescence, the time when kids get ready to enter the world of
adulthood, learning about terrorism, war, the economic downturn,
outsourcing, layoffs, increasing deficits, the health-care
crisis--am I leaving anything out here? They resemble, in
outlook, the generation that grew up in the Depression and fought
in World War II. They have grown up knowing the world is a scary
Why aren't more kids entering IT? It's because they, quite
reasonably, don't know if there will be any jobs for them when
they graduate. You can read more of my thinking on this
topic--and weigh in with your views on this critical issue--at my
A Windows hobbyist Web site says Internet Explorer 7 may arrive
as early as next week. Microsoft is mum.
Related Stories: Microsoft Dubs Longhorn 'Windows Vista'
Microsoft has a new name for its next major operating system, and
the software giant has set aside its long practice of using
release years or acronyms to describe its flagship product.
Daylight-Saving Time Extension Vexes Airlines
A proposed law changes the beginning of daylight-saving time to
the first Sunday in March--winter rather than spring--and shifts
the end to the last Sunday in November. Currently, it starts in
April and ends in October, except in Arizona and parts of
Indiana, which don't participate.
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The number of searches on AOL and Ask Jeeves rose by 15% and 16%,
respectively, from the first quarter, while Google and Yahoo grew
much more slowly, and searches on MSN actually declined.
Ex-Microsoft Exec Sued Over Google Job
Microsoft says that former executive Kai-Fu Lee went to work for
Google to head a new research lab in China, in direct violation
of a noncompete clause Lee signed with Microsoft.
Google Visits The Moon, Finds Cheese
Users today can zoom in and move around on the lunar surface,
thanks to NASA, but perhaps someday there will be something on
the planet for which to use Google's search engine, too.
Odds are that John Roberts could become one of the most
pro-business associate justices on the Supreme Court; he has all
the right conservative and business-law credentials. But Eric
Chabrow says that if he were a gambler, he'd be very careful how
much to wager on that happening.
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