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User currently offlineRNOcommctr From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 826 posts, RR: 3
Posted (8 years 10 months 23 hours ago) and read 999 times:

This weekend my wife and I will be attending a party in the San Francisco area. Our step-son is coming along because, as a computer nut, he wants to see Silicon Valley. Now that the dot-com era has boomed and busted, what major computer-related companies remain in this area? Which five or six top ones would you recommend to drive past in the course of an afternoon?

Thanks for any and all help.


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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 22 hours ago) and read 994 times:

RNOcommctr:
You want to spend your weekend getaway driving around looking at office parks?
All the fun is up here in the city.



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User currently offlineRNOcommctr From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 826 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 22 hours ago) and read 990 times:

Superfly-- I know it sounds silly but considering this kid (23 years old, actually) spends all his waking hours (besides his job) playing computer games, I am happy he at least has agreed to get away for a couple of days into the real world!


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User currently offlineMsl747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 412 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 22 hours ago) and read 988 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 1):
RNOcommctr:
You want to spend your weekend getaway driving around looking at office parks?
All the fun is up here in the city.

I agree driving around the south bay looking at office parks can be quite dull  Wink I would suggest checking out the tech museum of innovation in San Jose: http://www.thetech.org/ and the Computer History Museum in Mountain View: http://www.computerhistory.org/ Have fun!

-Msl747 spin 



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User currently offlineSFOMEX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 22 hours ago) and read 986 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 1):
RNOcommctr:
You want to spend your weekend getaway driving around looking at office parks?
All the fun is up here in the city.

I never thought I would say it, but Superfly is right. Yet, if you really want to visit a computer related company, I'd suggest Apple HQ in Sunnyvale.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 22 hours ago) and read 985 times:

23 years old?
He's no kid!
Take him to the strip joints on Broadway!  bigthumbsup 



j/k


I have a buddy just like him. He drove up from LA to go to a vintage computer convention. I met him down there and saw all the geeks come visit the San Jose Convention Center. It was neat to see the old computers that were the size of an entire room and all the weird and wacko ideas that were going on in the 50s, 60s and 70s in regards to computers.
I even saw a computer that had an 8track tape drive to store information.

I do know some people that works at Cisco, Sun and Oracle here in the Bay Area. These boring office parks are empty on the weekends and you'll need to have an access badge to get inside.



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User currently offlineBarfBag From India, joined Mar 2001, 2175 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 22 hours ago) and read 977 times:

Quoting SFOMEX (Reply 4):
I'd suggest Apple HQ in Sunnyvale.

Apple is in Cupertino.

As someone working in the tech field, I know what you mean about your son wanting to see computer co offices  Smile
Suggestion: If you want to do more than go to the tech museums, take the 101 southbound from SF. There are several companies on the way.
'Older' Companies:
- Oracle in Redwood City
- multiple Sun offices in Menlo Park and Newark (both sides of Dumbarton bridge - take the exit to it from 101) as well as further south in Santa Clara (Great America Pkwy exit) and Sunnyvale.
- Intel (Gt America Pkwy) and AMD (Lawrence Expy west exit, turn right on Duane Ave) in Santa Clara
- IBM Almaden Research center (Bernal Rd exit after San Jose), go about 5miles
- Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC): Embarcadero/Oregon Expy exit, continue on Page Mill Rd and then Coyote Hill Rd.

Dotcommers:
Google - Rengstorff Ave exit, then Amphitheatre Pkwy (highly recommended - very cool campus, if you can get in. i had a friend there who showed me around).
Yahoo - Mathilda Ave exit, continue on First Ave



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User currently offlineSFOMEX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 22 hours ago) and read 969 times:

Quoting BarfBag (Reply 6):
Apple is in Cupertino.

Ups, you're right. Thanks for the correction.


User currently offlineRNOcommctr From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 826 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 941 times:

Just wanted to say thanks to those of you who responded. We are leaving tomorrow morning, and thanks to you I am sure my stepson will be able to get a good flavor of what Silicon Valley is all about.

Thanks again for the help.



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User currently offlineZone1 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1034 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 923 times:

Quoting BarfBag (Reply 6):
Google - Rengstorff Ave exit, then Amphitheatre Pkwy (highly recommended - very cool campus, if you can get in. i had a friend there who showed me around).

I got a tour of the campus back in 2001 when Silicon Graphics still owned it. SGI always had the best looking buildings out in the Valley. I have pictures of the buildings if anyone wants. I almost got into their Reality Center, but potential customers were using it.



/// U N I T E D
User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 922 times:

Head down to MRY, nothing to see in the Silicon Valley but empty office space and over-priced repossessed homes.

Nice place in MRY called the Crown and Anchor, stop by have a decent dinner (a great dinner) and an excellent selection of Scotch Whisky.


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