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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Living in the Heart of Silicon Valley

Geek stop #1
Historic landmark #976: HP garage, "The birth place of Silicon Valley"
367 Addison Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94309

A few weeks ago a friend from San Diego sent me a link to an article on CNN titled "Tech Tourism: 10 great geek destinations", because 7 out of 10 of the destinations were around where I live, in Silicon Valley.

That gave me the idea to go see some of those places and to add some more on the list.
We started at Stanford, where Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard started their business in the late 1930s from a 12x18 foot garage on Addison Avenue. Helped by their teachers, they decided not to go to the East Coast and it all started the Silicon Valley phenomenon.

Geek stop #2
Googleplex (one of the entrances)
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043

another entrance in the Googleplex

Geek Stop #3 - photo: the Babbage engine
The Computer History Museum
1401 N Shoreline Blvd.
Mountain View, CA 94043

In the museum, we got a demo of the Babbage engine, the first automatic computing engine (middle of the 19th century), a massive and impressive machinery.

The Commodore 64: best selling personal computer of all times

Geek stop #4
Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA 95014

We were there last Sunday and the Company Store was closed. That's where we could have buy the totally geek "I visited the Mothership" t-shirt.

Very interesting thread and we are not done yet. There are some interesting places in Redwood City, Menlo Park and San Fransisco.

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