Utah Prehistory and Heritage Week

The College of Eastern Utah's Prehistoric Museum in Price will celebrate the state's colorful past from May 1 to May 10. Three dinners, including a "DinoFeast," will highlight the festivities.

Scientists who are accomplished in paleontology, archaeology and history will give presentations in Carbon and Emery counties. The Old West will be revived with re-enactments, a symposium and an Outlaw Street Party. For more information, call the museum at (435) 637-5060, or check out the Web site at (http://www.ceu.edu).

Name change

The holstein image will stay, but the millennial moniker is history, as direct-marketing personal computer giant "Gateway 2000" becomes, simply, "Gateway."

"Our close relationship with our clients has allowed us to quickly recognize shifts in how they use PCs," said chairman and CEO Ted Waitt. "Our new branding campaign reflects this market strategy and illustrates the unique partnerships we've forged with our clients."

Hmmm. How that relates to dropping "2000" from the company name is less clear than marketing reasons for keeping the South Dakota/California company's distinctive and unusual cowhide trademark.

"The cow spots, the best-known symbol of Gateway's success and its Midwestern roots, will remain closely tied to the company's brand," the company said in a release.

Haiku for nerds

In our continuing effort to document the electronic stories, jokes, put-ons and wisdom that circulate through cyberspace, Bits & Bytes offers haiku for nerds. They were sent by reader Alan Jensen, whose daughter in Hawaii e-mailed them to him:

Three things are certain:

death, taxes and lost data.

Guess which has just occurred.

The code was willing.

It considered your request.

But the chips were weak.

A crash reduces

your expensive computer

to a simple stone.

Anyone with e-tales is invited to send them to compilers Joe Bauman ([email protected]) or Steve Fidel ([email protected]).

Seismic network runs deep

Scientists with the National Science Foundation's Ocean Drilling Program are installing ocean-bottom seismic observatories in the Indian Ocean. Operating from a research vessel called "JOIDES Resolution," they are setting up a permanent seismo network on the sea floor.

"Installing a seismograph station in an ocean basin will be like filling in missing portions of a mirror or lens in a telescope," said Bruce Malfait, the program's director. It will improve our understanding of parts of Earth's interior that are only poorly imaged now by stations on a few islands or on the mere 30 percent of the surface that are occupied by continents.

JOIDES departed Cape Town, South Africa, on April 21. The project is scheduled to end when she docks at Darwin, Australia, on June 6.