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By Christine A. Finn

Silicon Valley, a small position with few identifiable geologic or geographic beneficial properties, has completed a legendary recognition in a really couple of minutes. The smooth fabric tradition of the Valley will be pushed by way of expertise, however it additionally encompasses structure, transportation, foodstuff, garments, leisure, intercultural exchanges, and rituals.Combining a reporter's intuition for an exceptional interview with conventional archaeological education, Christine Finn brings the views of the earlier and the longer term to the tale of Silicon Valley's current fabric tradition. She traveled the world in 2000, a interval whilst people's fortunes may possibly switch in a single day. She describes a computer's fast trajectory from useful gizmo to laptop to be junked to collector's merchandise. She explores the feel that no matter what one has is readily outmoded through the following new factor -- and the impact this has on financial and social values. She tells tales from a spot the place fruit-pickers now recycle silicon chips and the place extra money may be made babysitting for post-IPO than operating in a manufacturing facility. The ways in which individuals are operating and adapting, have gotten prosperous or slightly getting through, are seen within the cultural panorama of the fifteen towns that make up the realm referred to as "Silicon Valley."

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He pointed out the hills where he bought a house five years ago. ” Today there were more beggars around, and more scams. José said he was duped by a “homeless” man with a three-year-old child standing at the side of road. “I took him back to my place to give him some work in the garden. Gave him $40. He took my pager. ” Sure, there were more jobs, but Santa Clara Valley was a different place these days. He pointed out my next bus stop. “Archaeology is so interesting,” he said. “It’s good to look at where we’ve come from—to know that this isn’t it .

I’m reminded of the Pitt Rivers Museum at Oxford, a Victorian curiosity of museology, where many of the contents of cabinets and drawers have labels, handwritten in ink a century before—“This bottle contains a witch” being one of my favorites. A few weeks later, I trace one of the handwritten notes back to a retired Intel engineer, George Chiu, at Palo Alto. We have breakfast in a glorious English-style garden created by his wife, Florence. George is certainly part of Silicon Valley history. He began his career in transistor packaging with Rheem semiconductors, 12 | The Way to San Jose George Chiu, Palo Alto.

There are decorative blankets and stationery items featuring a chip design. Richard, who works in the shop, displays a brighter face about life in Silicon Valley, which is where he grew up. He organizes all his social life on email. ” There is a quote on the wall of the museum that seems to sum things up pretty much: “Working in Fab is like cycling through a revolving door. ” The astute thoughts of Randy Phillips, Intel manufacturing manager. Intel has been in business for thirty-three years and the company started up by Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce is the stuff of Silicon Valley legend.

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