David Kirkpatrick

January 27, 2009

Big layoffs this week

Filed under: Business — Tags: , , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:45 pm

And a stark reminder the economy is not getting better overnight.

From the link:

In a single day, on Jan. 26, at least 50,000 new layoffs were announced at companies as varied as telecom giant Sprint Nextel (S), construction equipment maker Caterpillar (CAT), semiconductor manufacturer Texas Instruments (TXN), and pharmaceutical house Pfizer (PFE).

It was a stark reminder of how rapidly the recession is claiming jobs. Already 170,000 jobs have been lost in January. The U.S. economy lost 2.6 million jobs in 2008

September 14, 2008

Happy 50th birthday wishes for the integrated chip

Filed under: Business, Technology — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 8:17 pm

The integrated chip was “born” at Texas Instruments fifty years ago. The world was changed forever.

From the link:

The computer chip industry on Friday celebrated the 50th birthday of the integrated circuit, a breakthrough that set the stage for the Internet and the Digital Age. A half-century ago a young engineer named Jack Kilby first demonstrated an integrated circuit he designed while working through the summer at his Texas Instruments job because he didn’t have enough vacation time for a holiday.

Jack Kilby's original notebook shows notes and the two original integrated circuits at Texas Instruments in Dallas, Texas in 2000. The computer chip industry on Friday celebrated the 50th birthday of the integrated circuit, a breakthrough that set the stage for the Internet and the Digital Age.

Jack Kilby's original notebook shows notes and the two original integrated circuits at Texas Instruments in Dallas, Texas in 2000. The computer chip industry on Friday celebrated the 50th birthday of the integrated circuit, a breakthrough that set the stage for the Internet and the Digital Age.