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POSTED: Friday, February 8, 2013, 3:30 AM

More on the gender gap in technology: I received a phone call today from a reader, Betty Scott, age 80, who started working in technology, she said, when there were still punch cards. She remembers when women in computers were a true rarity, so she's battle-tested. Her advice to the women quoted in my Inquirer story about women in technology can be summed up in two words: Buck Up.

Scott found herself appalled by the woman quoted in Thursday's story who complained that "I'm the only girl in my IT department and I am the only one that schedules lunches."

I was appalled by that too so I went to talk to Zoe Kime, 34, about why she does it. It started, she said, when she was the junior member on the staff of her Philadelphia-based company. It seemed like a reasonable responsibility for a newbie. "But other people have started since then, so it's probably that no one else feels like doing it," she said. "In the back of my head, I wonder, is it because I'm a girl, or could it be that I'm the one willing to do it?"

POSTED: Monday, February 4, 2013, 12:28 PM

No wonder the Eagles never make it to the Super Bowl. Philadelphia's job record stinks, even worse than the team.

RiseSmart, an outplacement technology company in California, posits that the results of the Super Bowl game can readily be predicted by looking at the jobless rates of the two competing cities. The one with the lowest rate usually wins the Bowl. It's been that way 21 out of  26 contests. 

"Could it be a coincidence?  Of course – but it is certainly an interesting correlation," wrote Sanjay Sathe, CEO of RiseSmart.  "Who's to say that a city's economic prosperity, as measured by jobless rates, doesn't have at least some effect on fan support, team morale and other factors that could influence the game’s outcome?"

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