Wrapping Up in Taiwan

10:30pm Saturday in Taiwan, and 6:30am Saturday in Seattle.

Our work here in Taiwan is wrapped up, and we spent today wandering around the city doing some photography. I should have around 200 pictures to upload when we return.

We visited the electronics district of Kaohsiung today. I was a bit disappointed with it – for sure there were tons of counterfeit items and knock-off items (I saw this guy, this one, and a ton of others), but, overall, not much in the way of good stuff. Quite a bit of Xbox360 advertising for the pending Taiwan launch on March 2.

We hit up a night-market last night – also tons of knock-offs there as well: “Kingdom Jeans” with a kJ logo a la Calvin Klein's cK, etc.

All in all, though, Kaohsiung is a cool city. I don't know that you could spend more than 2-3 days of sightseeing, but if you ever find yourself in Taiwan with a few free days, swing down to the south end.

RIP, Jack Kilby

The guy who made my entire professional career possible died yesterday at the age of 81. Jack Kilby was a pioneer of semiconductor invention back in 1958 at Texas Instruments.

Microchip pioneer Jack Kilby, who won the 2000 Nobel Prize for co-inventing the integrated circuits that ushered in the digital age of personal computers, cell phones and the Internet, has died after a brief battle with cancer. He was 81.

In 1958, during his first year working with Texas Instruments Inc. in Dallas, Kilby used borrowed equipment to build the first integrated circuit. All the components were fabricated in a single piece of semiconductor material half the size of a paper clip.

“In my opinion, there are only a handful of people whose works have truly transformed the world and the way we live in it — Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers and Jack Kilby,” TI Chairman Tom Engibous said in a statement Tuesday.

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Kilby held more than 60 U.S. patents, including one filed in 1959 for a solid circuit made of germanium.

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From 1978 to 1984, he held the position of Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering at Texas A&M University.

Thanks for the career opportunities, Jack. Full news article here.