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Calling All Nerds

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As Bill Gates appeals the breakup of Microsoft, he may want to send his real estate agent down to Huntsville, Alabama to check out the available office space. A new study by the Software & Information Industry Association has found some surprising centers of software activity around the country, and one could make quite a nice home for a Microsoft junior. The study found that such unlikely cities as Huntsville, Omaha, Nebraska, and Binghamton, New York were in the same software big-leagues as usual suspects San Jose and Boston. Using newly released 1998 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the association created a list of the metro areas with the highest concentrations of per capita software-employment. Surprisingly, Microsoft's hometown, Seattle, came in at 23 and New York stumbled in at 60.

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