“Most people don't realize how important librarians are. I ran across a book recently which suggested that the peace and prosperity of a culture was solely related to how many librarians it contained. Possibly a slight overstatement. But a culture that doesn't value its librarians doesn't value ideas and without ideas, well, where are we?”
Neil Gaiman

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Week 2 Readings -- Computer Hardware & Moore's Law

All of the week two readings were basic review for me as I have a background in the semiconductor industry. My second job after graduating from college was working for a company that made polishing consumables used primarily in the semiconductor industry. I had tremendous fun doing everything from government and public relations to communications work. I got to watch a small company of 300 employees grow to well over 1300 as an indirect result of Moore’s Law. Polishing consumables were necessary in order to created a flat substrate to design smaller and smaller circuitry. Our challenge was to create increasingly perfect flat surfaces for the IC design. Eventually our company was acquired by Rohm & Haas and is now a part of their electronics division.

I really enjoyed the link to the Computer History Museum. I have young children, one of whom is really into computers, and I am looking forward to testing the link out as a teaching tool. Since my goal is to become a school librarian, I am always looking for things to fill my “resource list.”

2 comments:

Jake said...

I enjoyed your take on the week 2 readings - a really interesting point of view from someone on the front lines. A lot of the hard work that went into shrinking chip size went unmentioned in the readings and video for the week.
Random question: did you do JET? I used to live in Osaka.

joan said...

Melissa,
Wow, review sounds like fun. I knew absolutely nothing about what was being mentioned.
I love that you want to work w/children and that you want to test things out with your own.
Joan