RNOcommctr From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 834 posts, RR: 3 Posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1335 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?
RNOcommctr From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 834 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1326 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!
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40298 posts, RR: 73
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1321 times:
23 years old?
He's no kid!
Take him to the strip joints on Broadway!
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.
As someone working in the tech field, I know what you mean about your son wanting to see computer co offices
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.
- 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.
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
Zone1 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1036 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1259 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.