Losses are mounting throughout the tech industry; communications infrastructure is so overbuilt we should be fine until sometime next century; and Warner Bros. is serious about making a movie based on the gruesome computer game "Doom."
But life goes on, as evidenced by this week's slew of forward-looking technology trade shows and conferences, including Fall Internet World in New York and other events devoted to Internet telephony, Web services and streaming media. No. 2 graphics chip maker ATI Technologies and BlackBerry e-mail device maker Research in Motion are the notable tech companies set to report earnings, but PC giant Dell Computer will draw some attention with its fall analyst meeting.
Other events scheduled this week:
- President Bush's Council of Advisors
on Science and Technology holds an open meeting on topics such as federal investment in technology research and development of broadband infrastructure. The one-day event is at the State Department building in Washington.
- O'Reilly, publisher of popular programming guides, hosts the Mac OS X Conference, covering all aspects of Apple's new operating system. It happens Sept. 30 to Oct. 3 in Santa Clara, Calif.
- Hacking, peer-to-peer networking and e-business software are among the hot topics at Fall Internet World 2002, running Sept. 30 to Oct. 3 in New York. Keynote speakers include America Online CEO Jon Miller and Sprint CEO William Esrey.
- Internet World runs in conjunction with Streaming Media East 2002, happening Oct. 1-3 in New York.
- See the latest Java and XML tricks at Web Services Edge 2002 West, running Oct. 1-3 in San Jose, Calif.
- Learn how to deliver better tech support at the Conference for Help Desk Professionals, running Oct. 1-3 in Boston.
- Voice and data merge at the Internet Telephony Conference and Expo, happening Oct. 1-3 in San Diego.
- Dell Computer reads the PC market tea leaves at its fall analyst meeting in Austin, Texas.
- Academic types look for ways to make better software at the International Conference on Functional Programming, happening Oct. 4-6 in Pittsburgh.
- Academic and business leaders look at the future of everything from video games to health care at Leading Edge 2002, a one-day conference in Berkeley, Calif.
Wednesday, Oct. 2
- ATI Technologies makes PC graphics chips. It's expected to report a profit of 2 cents a share for its fourth quarter and a profit of 21 cents a share for the 2002 fiscal year.
- ProSoft Training sells IT training services. It's expected to report a loss of 6 cents a share for its fourth quarter and a loss of 24 cents a share for the 2002 fiscal year.
- Research in Motion sells mobile e-mail devices and services. It's expected to report a second-quarter loss of 18 cents a share.
- Personal Income measures income from all sources. August growth is expected to come in at 0.5 percent, from flat the previous month.
- Auto and Truck Sales is the total of domestically produced vehicles sold. September auto sales are expected to decline to 5.9 million, from 6.6 million the previous months. Truck sales are expected to fall to 8 million, from 8.8 million the previous month.
- Initial Claims is the weekly total of new claims filed for unemployment compensation. Estimates are unavailable for the week ended Sept. 28.
- Factory Orders is the total of durable and nondurable goods orders. The August total is expected to drop 1.5 percent, compared with 4.7 growth the previous month.
- The Unemployment Rate is the percentage of American workers looking for jobs. The September rate is expected to grow to 5.9 percent, from 5.7 percent the previous month.