Since I am in Silicon Valley, I thought it would be good if I have a look at the HP Garage, also known as the birthplace of Silicon Valley.
The term Silicon Valley was first used in 1971. It caught on as silicon was pervasive in the manufacture of computer chips, then a critical Santa Clara Valley industry. The valley comprises small cities that radiate out from Stanford University in Palo Alto, whose engineering prowess produced some of the first tech entrepreneurs, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard.
I thought there is a museum where visitors can enter to have a look but I was wrong. The Birthplace of Silicon Valley is a private museum, not open to the public. But you can see the garage and the plaque from out front.
The site is now designated as a California Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
What you can do is standing at the entrance and imagine Hewlett and Packard working at this garage few decades ago. The premises is locked so you are not allowed to enter as it is a private property now. Still, many from all parts of the world make the pilgrimage every year.
After the HP garage, you can have a walk at this quiet neighborhood and admiring their houses.
As it was during Xmas season, I notice many of the houses here are decorated with lovely lights and theme with festive season.
Final thoughts :
I used to work in HP/spin off Agilent & Avago Technologies so I was really happy to make a trip here to have a look at the HP garage. It is a peaceful and quiet neighborhood which I enjoyed strolling around. Love the beautiful houses and the trees here, great environment to live.
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