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Silicon Valley’s Having a Baby Boom

June 28th, 2006 Posted in Stuff

It may be that I have baby head, but I can’t help but notice that every other woman here is pregnant. At work, we’re welcoming at least one baby a day! (Seriously, someone talked with HR and crunched the numbers – it’s one baby a day.) Walk around downtown Mountain View during dinner, and you’ll see woman sporting either pregnant bellies or newborns. And Google added a weekly $100  waiters-on-wheels benefit for their pregnant employees – guess they feel they should feed them when they’re working at midnight and the kitchen’s not open??
So what’s brought on this baby boom?

  • More people that can afford to raise children? It’s not just Google-aires that are getting preggers.
  • More women in the valley? Google’s campaign to get more women couldn’t have worked that quickly.
  • The geeks are growing up and (gasp!) they’re getting to the edge of childbearing years?

I’m expecting to see Playdate networking events soon.

* Brendon has informed me that we won’t be adding to the boom ourselves anytime soon.

Canada Could Make iPods Illegal to Use While Driving – Is it already in Cali?

June 15th, 2006 Posted in Tech

There is a call in Canada to make iPods and cellphones against the law for some drivers.

It could be argued that it’s already illegal to operate one while driving in California. Section 27602 of the California Vehicle Code says that a person can’t drive while operating a video screen that produces entertainment. The Video iPod would certainly be prohibited, but what about your regular old iPod. It could be argued that this section of the code applies to all iPods.

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Skype on the Plane

June 2nd, 2006 Posted in Uncategorized

Who needs cell phones – JetBlue will have wi-fi. And that means we should be able to talk on the “phone” on the plane. No more need for those horribly expensive airphones. And you thought the loud couple in front of you was annoying – now we’ll have to deal with annoying loud voip conversations.