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The week ahead: When penguins fly

Sun's Scott McNealy and Oracle's Larry Ellison take the podium at the LinuxWorld Conference. On the earnings front, investors hope for reason to cheer from Dell.

Following are some of the notable tech-related events scheduled for the week of Aug. 12 through Aug. 16.

Cheer up, duuuude, the PC market may not be so hard up after all.

That's the message investors and tech execs will be hoping for this week, as Dell Computer reports financial results for its second quarter. The PC giant gave Wall Street a rare piece of good news last month when it raised estimates for the period, based on expected market-share gains

Other big-name earnings reports include software maker Autodesk and PC graphics chip leader Nvidia, which recently warned of a revenue slump.

As far as trade show action, the big news is the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in San Francisco, featuring keynote talks by Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.

The information was gathered from First Call, Hoover's Online, CCBN's StreetEvents and CNET Investor.

Other events scheduled this week:

Tech Events
Sunday, Aug. 11
  • Pacific Crest Securities plays host to a wide roster of tech companies at its 2002 Technology Forum, Aug. 11-14 in Vail, Colo. Speakers include eBay CEO Meg Whitman and national info-security czar Richard Clarke. Companies presenting include Amazon, Adobe Systems, BEA Systems, Cisco, Intel, Palm, Oracle, Macromedia, Qualcomm, Nvidia, Verisign and Yahoo.

Monday, Aug. 12
  • Intel chairman Andy Grove will deliver the keynote address at the West Coast Retreat of the New Democrat Network, a gathering of business and political leaders happening Aug. 12 in San Francisco.

  • Open-source software take center stage in the tech world this week with the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo, running Aug. 12-15 in San Francisco. Keynote speakers include Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

Tuesday, Aug. 13
  • Security consulting firm The Mansfield Group conducts one-day workshops on wireless networking and 802.11 security, Aug. 13 in Chicago and Aug. 15 in Newark, N.J.

  • The Gigabit Ethernet Conference is devoted to high-performance networking technology. It runs Aug. 13-15 in Washington, D.C.

  • The latest developments in storage area networking will be on display at SAN East, happening Aug. 13-15 in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, Aug. 14
Earnings

Monday, Aug. 12

  • Mattson Technology produces chipmaking equipment. It's expected to report a second-quarter loss of 48 cents a share.

Tuesday, Aug. 13
  • Computer Network Technology sells storage hardware and software. The expectation is for a second-quarter loss of 5 cents a share.

  • ESpeed sells online transaction systems. The outlook: a second-quarter profit of 11 cents a share.

  • Network Appliance makes data storage systems. It's expected to report a first-quarter profit of 4 cents a share.

  • Sirius Satellite Radio sells satellite-delivered radio programming. Its second-quarter is expected to show a loss of $1.54 per share.

Wednesday, Aug. 14
  • BEA Systems makes business software. It's expected to report a second-quarter profit of 6 cents a share.

  • Brocade Communication Systems makes storage networking equipment. Its third quarter is expected to show a profit of 8 cents a share.

  • Intuit sells financial software and online services. It's expected to report a loss of 12 cents a share for the fourth quarter and a profit of $1.02 for the 2002 fiscal year.

  • SkillSoft sells e-learning software and services. It's expected to report a second-quarter profit of 5 cents a share.

Thursday, July 18
  • Agile Software makes applications for manufacturing businesses. It's expected to report a first-quarter loss of 21 cents a share.

  • Analog Devices makes chips for cell phones and other applications. It's expected to report a third-quarter profit of 15 cents a share.

  • Autodesk makes architectural and industrial design software. It's expected to report a second-quarter profit of 11 cents a share.

  • Dell Computer is the world's second biggest PC maker. It's expected to report a second-quarter profit of 19 cents a share.

  • EchoStar Communications sells satellite TV and Internet services. It's expected to report a second-quarter profit of 6 cents a share.

  • Nvidia is the leading manufacturer of PC graphics chips. It's expected to report a second-quarter profit of 13 cents a share.

  • Serena Software sells application management software. It's expected to report a second-quarter profit of 15 cents a share.

  • Wind River Systems sells software for embedded systems. It's expected to report a second-quarter loss of 11 cents a share.

Economic Reports
Tuesday, Aug. 13
  • Retail Sales measures total U.S. retail sales for July. Growth is expected to climb to 1.5 percent, from 1.1 percent the previous month.

Wednesday, Aug. 14
  • Business Inventories summarize total sales and inventory for the retail, wholesale and manufacturing sectors. July growth is expected to hold steady at 0.2 percent.

Thursday, Aug. 15
  • Industrial Production measures the total output of U.S. factories, mines and utilities. July growth is expected to slow to nil, from .8 percent the previous month.

  • Capacity Utilization is industrial production divided by capacity. The July ratio is expected to hold steady at 76.1 percent.

  • Consumer Price Index is one of most significant measures of inflation, monitoring the decline or fall of the price of a fixed basket of consumer goods and services. July growth is expected to hold steady at 0.1 percent.

  • Housing Starts is the total of new home construction projects. July's number is expected to grow to 1.69 million, from 1.67 million the previous month.