San Francisco, part 5

Wednesday we got a courtesy car pick-up from the rental company. We rented a Toyota Prius. I was intrigued by how well a hybrid gasoline/electric car would work, and this seemed a good chance to give one a thorough test drive. Or rather, for sara to give one a thorough test drive… What we hadn’t been expecting was that it was a fully tricked-out Prius, complete with GPS satellite navigation system and route finder DVD-ROM for the onboard computer.

Recessionwatch Update

Job losses over the last few weeks: Motorola: 4,000 jobs today, for a total of 22,000 since December. Lucent: 16,000. Verizon: 10,000. Nortel: 10,000. Compaq: 5,000. Intel: 5,000. Xerox: 4,000. Gateway: 3,000. Hewlett-Packard: 1,700. Dell: 1,700. Amazon: 1,300. 3com: 1,200. Oracle: 800 It’s also rumored that Sun are planning to ditch 10% of their employees, and Cisco are giving 5-10% of their staff unmatchable targets so they can force them to resign without calling it a layoff.