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Tech Smorgasbord Archives - 12

These items are an archive of past Topical Smorgasbord items that have appeared on the RF Cafe homepage. In keeping with the "cafe" genre, these tidbits of information are truly a smorgasbord of topics. They all pertain to topics that are related to the general engineering and science theme of RF Cafe.

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Ph.D.s of the Stars
(who would have guessed?)

Brian May, guitarist for the rock group Queen, just completed a Ph.D. in astrophysics from the Imperial College, London, where he began studies 40 years ago. His thesis: "Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud."

John Cleese, of the Monty Python show and films, earned a law degree from Cambridge.
Bill Cosby earned a Ph.D. in education from UMass Amherst.
"The Man from U.N.C.L.E." star Robert Vaughn holds a Ph.D. in communications from USC.
Actor and former senator Fred Thompson hold a law degree from Vanderbilt.
William Sanderson, aka Larry of "Larry, Darryl and Darryl" fame from the Newhart Show, has a law degree from Memphis State.



The Year in Numbers

source: the Enquirer)
(no, not THAT Enquirer

399 Dollars wanted by to buy Kindle e-book reader.
271 The total value of semiconductor revenues in billions of dollars this year, according to iSuppli.
154 Current Intel market capitalization in billions of dollars.
74 Number of days it took Apple to sell one million iPhones.
19.6 Current nVIDIA market capitalization in billions of dollars.
13 Age at which Nick Ciarelli started ThinkSecret site (closed recently following a legal dispute with Apple).
11 Number of companies acquired by Oracle in 2007.
1 Rating of AMD's Hector Ruiz in ranks of best-paid semiconductor bosses.


Perks Received in 2007
(source: Electronic Design)

401(k) Match65%
Time Off39%
Stock Options19%
Stock Purchase17%
Tuition Reimburse19%
Prof. Org. Dues16%
Company Car6%
Health Club8%



Changing Jobs in 2008?

(source: Electronic Design)

 Top Reasons for Seeking
 New Opportunities in 2007:

Better pay69%
Interesting work58%
Personal fulfillment33%
Want dynamism27%
Stock options26%
Job stability24%
More responsibility21%
Poor management20%
Want to relocate17%
Less stress18%
Wrong job13%
Potential layoff13%
Join a startup13%



National R&D Spending

(source: National Science Foundation)

(constant 2000 dollars)


Top States for Federal Procurement Spending
(2005, per capita)

(source: U.S. Census Bureau)

$22,892District of Columbia
$3,324New Mexico



Top Patent Producing
States for 2006

(source: USPTO)

Total Patents Awarded
6,406New York
3,627New Jersey
2,232North Carolina


Cellphones Now Required Equipment
Waaaay back in the mid 1980s, colleges started requiring students to buy a PC - usually a model dictated by the school (for compatibility - we did not always have Windows). This caused quite a concern for many who did not want to spend $2k or more for something a $5 slide rule and a $1 pen could do. My alma matter, UVM, mandated an ATT 6300 and an IBM dot matrix printer (cannot recall the model). Total bill - $3,500. Yup, in 1987 dollars. Today, computers are issued at birth and most kids cannot use a pen, never mind a slide rule.
Someday, people will look back and have the same memories of this announcement in today's news about Montclair State University (NJ) requiring all students to carry GPS-enabled cellphones. The cost: $420 a year for a base plan, which is bundled into the tuition bill.


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