People who work in high tech aren't normally in the running for People Magazine's Fifty Most Beautiful People—obviously they have much more important priorities. But we're dismayed to hear technology in general being called downright unattractive. It ranked second on the list of "unattractive" industries in the latest Lending Climate in America Survey done by Phoenix Management Services. The only other group deemed less attractive by the nation's banks and finance companies is startup companies. Nearly two thirds of lenders responding to the poll gave technology a negative view. "These new statistics are indicative of a 'so what' attitude. Technology is simply not relevant to most lenders now," says E. Talbot Briddell, Phoenix president. After giving the economic outlook a C grade for the preceding three quarters, lenders predicted only a D+ level through mid-year.
A few weeks ago, Ford Motor Co. quietly announced that it was rolling out a new wrinkle to the powerful safety feature called stability control, adding even more lifesaving potential to a technology that has already been very successful.
It won't be too much longer and hardware design, as we used to know it, will be remembered alongside the slide rule and the Karnaugh map. You will need to move beyond those familiar bits and bytes into the new world of software centric design.
People who want to take advantage of solar energy in their homes no longer need to install a bolt-on solar-panel system atop their houses -- they can integrate solar-energy-harvesting shingles directing into an existing or new roof instead.
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