Tech’s female pioneers forgotten

It’s no secret that people are often erased from the history of big-tech companies. It’s so prevalent in Silicon Valley that it is known as “The Creation Myth.” But what may come as a surprise is the number of women who played a pivotal role but who are now forgotten.


A high note for Johansen AP music students

The Modesto Symphony Orchestra struck a chord with Johansen High Advanced Placement music theory students. The class got to speak with orchestra members, watch a rehearsal and attend a performance at the Gallo Center for the Arts earlier this month.


Game review: ‘Alien: Isolation’ delivers terror

Ridley Scott’s “Alien” has inspired dozens of video games since its debut in 1979, but “Alien: Isolation” is the first in a while that has aspired to the claustrophobic terror of the original film. Is “Isolation” that bone-chilling and nerve-wracking? Not quite, but it does deliver some thrills.


Buzzz brief

A Patterson Boy Scout has organized a community yard sale and e-waste recycling event to be held Oct. 25. At North Park (North Del Puerto at Las Palmas), residents can drive through to pick up a shopping route map and to drop off used books for the Friends of the Library, used cellphones for American Legion Post 168 and worn U.S. flags, which will be retired by members of Boy Scout Troop 81. E-waste being accepted includes laptops, monitors (CRT and LCD), printers, scanners, fax machines, copiers, ink cartridges, keyboards and mice, servers/routers/hubs, TVs, VCR and DVD players, stereo components, cameras, vacuums, home appliances, gaming systems, telephones and more. The event is organized by James Furze of Troop 81 for his Eagle Scout project, in partnership with the city of Patterson and Cal-Green Recycling. For more information, call (209) 985-6198 or (209) 985-7969 or email or


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