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July 10, 1994 | Tom McNichol, Tom McNichol is a San Francisco-based writer. His last article for the magazine was "The Gospel Truth," about the search for the historical Jesus
The cursor on the computer screen pulsates like a racing heartbeat as Robert X. Cringely, gossip columnist to Silicon Valley, searches expectantly for a hot tip. Cringely's office at InfoWorld, the PC trade publication where his weekly "Notes From the Field" column appears, is really a giant nerve center.
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July 10, 1994 | Tom McNichol, Tom McNichol is a San Francisco-based writer. His last article for the magazine was "The Gospel Truth," about the search for the historical Jesus
The cursor on the computer screen pulsates like a racing heartbeat as Robert X. Cringely, gossip columnist to Silicon Valley, searches expectantly for a hot tip. Cringely's office at InfoWorld, the PC trade publication where his weekly "Notes From the Field" column appears, is really a giant nerve center.
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February 9, 1992 | Constance Casey, Casey, who reviews nonfiction regularly for the View section, worked for the San Jose Mercury News, in the Silicon Valley, for eight years
As in the movie business, gossip about who's hot and who's not in the computer business has a significant effect on money-raising and product success. And there has been plenty of success, in a very short time.
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February 9, 1992 | Constance Casey, Casey, who reviews nonfiction regularly for the View section, worked for the San Jose Mercury News, in the Silicon Valley, for eight years
As in the movie business, gossip about who's hot and who's not in the computer business has a significant effect on money-raising and product success. And there has been plenty of success, in a very short time.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2001 | LEE MARGULIES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For anyone over the age of 40, watching tonight's PBS program "Electric Money" is likely to induce a bit of awe (8 p.m., KCET; 9 p.m., KVCR). It chronicles the history of a dramatic global revolution that has unfolded entirely in the course of their lives: what host Robert X. Cringely calls the transformation of money from "bills to bytes."
BUSINESS
September 29, 1993 | JAMES FLANIGAN
If you're a Paramount Communications shareholder caught up in the bidding contest for your company, do keep in mind that you're buying, not selling. Whether Sumner Redstone's Viacom or Barry Diller's QVC Network wins your company, they will pay you mostly in their company's stock. And the price they're offering--roughly $83.
NEWS
September 20, 1998 | JON MATSUMOTO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As usual, PBS will offer a wide variety of educational programming this fall--and for viewers of all ages. How to cope with cancer, the life and work of architect Frank Lloyd Wright and the Internet will be subjects of some of the specials. New series will include a six-part look at American lighthouses and a four-part documentary on the history of slavery in the United States.
BUSINESS
November 2, 1993 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Are nerds an oppressed minority? Is nerd itself a slur? The issue isn't sparking the kind of uproar that Ted Danson did by donning blackface to roast Whoopi Goldberg. But computerdom's great epithet has sparked some flaming e-mail at a Silicon Valley computer publication. One middle-aged man connected with the magazine had evidently had it up to his pocket protector.
BUSINESS
September 22, 1992 | DANIEL AKST
Best known for his upset victory over Goliath, David was also a better-than-fair psalmist. Today, in California, he might instead write software. With a personal computer for a slingshot, he would surely aim at Microsoft. What a difference a few millennia make. Far from being king, the David of our tale, Quarterdeck Office Systems, mainly tries to keep one step ahead of Microsoft's thudding footfalls, lest the software juggernaut created by Bill Gates squash it like a bug.
BUSINESS
June 16, 2006 | Chris Gaither and Terril Yue Jones, Times Staff Writers
Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said Thursday that he would begin relinquishing day-to-day oversight of the software giant he co-founded and steered to dominance to devote more energy to philanthropy. In so doing, the man who became the archetype of the late-20th century mogul appeared intent on solidifying his legacy in the manner of tycoons from another era.
BUSINESS
March 1, 1993 | SANDRA TSING LOH
Younger Bosses, Older Employees: It sounds like an episode of Oprah. But these days, it sometimes seems, whiz kids are overrunning the world. Microsoft founder Bill Gates, America's wealthiest man, is 37. TV news producer Jerry Zucker was handed the "Today" show at age 26; a year later, his grasp encompasses NBC's "Nightly News" as well. Macaulay Culkin's kid brother just had his acting debut: No doubt his own production company is next. Now it's the White House.
BUSINESS
January 3, 1993 | MARGARET LANGSTAFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Here it is, January already: a new year, soon a new Administration in Washington, perhaps even a new era. The only thing likely to remain the same in 1993 is the byword for business: change. Fortunately, business books are changing almost as fast as the times they hope to elucidate. Publishers of such books, in fact, report that 1992 was a banner year. Perhaps the pace of business change is such that people are turning to books for help in making sense of it all.
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