SAN JOSE, Calif. Ė American Thanksgiving is a good time to write a gratitude list. When I focus on things I am thankful for I tend to see abundance rather than scarcity.
So here are a few items torn from my 2012 Silicon Valley work-related gratitude list:
Technocopia: I tell people there is more going on in electronics in a greater diversity of areas and its moving faster and at higher levels of complexity that ever. I also tell them there are fewer tech reporters to cover it than ever, but thatís that old scarcity thing rearing its ugly head again.
An open Internet: I met a woman this year who has an office in Shenzhen and a home in Hong Kong. She said on days when she needs to do a lot of Google searches she works from home because the filtering for censorship on the mainland is so great it slows down her work too much. I am thankful that while we in the U.S. have our issues with Google and Internet service, that isnít one of them.
My iPhone: OK I admit it, when UBM Electronics gave me an Apple 3GS earlier this year I instantly fell in love. In 1995 Bill Gates had a futuristic vision of having access to everything anytime anywhere. We can see that vision now in the rear-view mirror.
San Jose Federal Court: I came back from a vacation to find the Apple vs. Samsung trial starting the next day just down the road from my home office. I enjoyed sitting with the press corps as two of the largest and most secretive companies in our industry revealed some of their inner workings.
Proximity: From that same home office itís an easy drive to the headquarters of Facebook, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Nvidia and many, many other fascinating companies packed with smart people doing interesting things--to say nothing of world-class conferences that gather top notch experts on the hottest topics of the day. I live in a tech reporterís paradise.
Twitter: Itís been a love/hate relationship, but I crossed into the positive side this year when I cracked 1,000 followers and even started to find the occasional news nugget in a tweet.
Words, words, words: As an English major I am thankful each working day I donít have to make anything work, I just get to write about the people who do.
Google: How else am I going to quickly find out how to thaw that 21 pound turkey!
And I am thankful that we still have Rick Merritt giving us some interesting stories about what's happening in Silicon Valley, that we otherwise wouldn't get to see. Tip o' the hat to UBM Electronics also.
I am thankful to love in such a wonderful age. I am also very grateful to have Rick to help inform us on all that is going on in the wonderful world of technology. Such a gracious man and such a great writer. Happy Thanksgiving.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for todayís commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.