June 26, 2023, San Diego Metro Magazine


Visual Capitalist
The Most Popular Desktop
Operating Systems since 2003

By Sjoerd Tilmans, featured creator. Article/Editing: Pallavi Rao

Mobile phones might be the most common way of getting online today, but the digital and internet era started for most people with the humble desktop computer.

And over the past 20 years, a long list of operating systems (OS) have been used to run the most popular desktop computers.

Sjoerd Tilmans has created an animated chart showing the rise and fall in market share of popular desktop operating systems over the period of May 2003 to June 2022, using data from W3Schools and GS Stat Counter.

Microsoft’s monopoly on the most popular desktop OS

The story of the desktop OS market is a story of Microsoft’s explosive growth and market dominance. In the 1980s, the fledgling company signed a partnership with personal computer behemoth IBM. Microsoft would supply IBM with an operating system for its computers, MS-DOS, and receive a royalty for every computer sold.Those royalties boosted Microsoft’s coffers. And its release of Windows—a more visual interface than DOS—helped them grab hold of the PC market. The late 1990s and early 2000s saw different versions of Windows capture the market.

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Petco Park (Courtesy of the San Diego Padres)
Petco Park makes the Major Leagues
top 10 most valuable sports venues

San Diego’s Petco Park ranks seventh on a list of the Major Leagues top 10 most valuable sports venues, according to USBettingReporcom. The home of the Padres was valued at $796.4 million cost per square foot. The median sale price per square foot was put at $724.

Coming out on top with a whopping cost of $1.829 billion per square foot is Madison Square Garden. One of the most well-known venues worldwide thanks to its rich history since it originally opened in 1879, two major league teams play here —the NBA’s New York Knicks and NHL’s New York Rangers.

Just missing out in second is SoFi Stadium home to both of the NFL’s Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams with a stadium cost per square foot of $1.826 billion. Even though it’s a relatively new stadium, opening in 2020, it’s already hosted the Super Bowl LVI and Wrestlemania 39 as well as being down to be used during the 2026 FIFA World Cup and 2028 Summer Olympics.

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Supervisors to adopt county budget on Tuesday

The County Board of Supervisors will hold deliberations, and then adopt a budget for Fiscal Year 2023-24 on Tuesday. Supervisors will consider a revised budget that includes proposed changes to the recommended budget that was released in May.

The original budget plan includes funding to address homelessness, mental health and substance use disorders, the justice system; help for working families and continued investment in core services like roads, fire protection and parks.

The revised recommended budget adds $60.6 million or an increase of 0.7 percent to the May plan for a total of $8.17 billion. That is an increase of $806.4 million or 11 percent from last year. It includes another 50 positions, with the majority assigned to the county initiative of removing barriers to housing. The 0.2 percent increase brings the total of county employees to 20,387.25 staff years, an increase of 539.75 staff years from last year.

Kathryn Gray named executive
director of San Diego Press Club
Kathryn Gray

Kathryn Gray has joined the San Diego Press Club as its new executive director, replacing Terry Williams, who announced her retirement after 20 years in the post.

With a background in working for both for-profit and nonprofit organizations in San Francisco and Washington D.C., Gray brings a wealth of experience to her new role. She recently completed coursework in digital journalism at San Diego City College and has been interning at Voice of San Diego.

 Originally from San Diego, Gray holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Global Studies and Spanish. She is an avid explorer and has lived in Ecuador, Spain and Chile and traveled extensively in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

 Williams will remain in an advisory capacity through the San Diego Press Club’s 50th Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards, which will be held on Oct. 3 in Balboa Park among the International Houses.

Ashish Kakkad appointed to Wildlife
Technology Research and Development
Review Advisory Board

Ashish Kakkad of San Diego has been appointed to the Wildfire Technology Research and Development Review Advisory Board by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Kakkad has served as a technology manager for the County of San Diego since 2022. Kakkad earned a Master of Business Administration degree in Technology Management from Western Governors University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Riverside. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Kakkad is registered without party preference.

Ramona Community Resource Center rendering
County breaks ground on Ramona
Community Resource Center

Officials broke ground Thursday on a new community resource center for Ramona. The $15 million facility will replace one that had been in operation for 35 years. The new Ramona Community Resource Center will serve as a one-stop shop for residents who need behavioral health, public health, child welfare and self-sufficiency services like CalFresh, Medi-Cal and CalWORKs. The resource center will be built on the corner of 12th and Main Streets, next door to the Ramona Library and will serve 5,000 residents.

 Preston Klassen, M.D. appointed to
Regulus Therapeutics board of directors

SAN DIEGO —Regulus Therapeutics Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, announced Preston S. Klassen, M.D., president and head of research and development, has been appointed to the ompany’s board of directors. Klassen is a nephrologist by training who brings over 20 years of experience in pharmaceuticals, including positions in leadership, medical affairs, and research and development across multiple therapeutic areas. Most recently he served as the President and CEO of Metacrine. Prior to that, he was an executive vice president and head of R&D at Arena Pharmaceuticals.

Nuvve introduces Astrea AI forecasting
for Nordic energy market

SAN DIEGO — Nuvve Holding Corporation, a global leader in vehicle-to-grid technology and deployments, has launched its Astrea AI artificial intelligence technology to optimize revenue from ancillary services to Nordic transmission system operators from its V2G fleet customers. Astrea AI continuously forecasts prices and capacity for Nordic primary reserves to optimize energy market bids. This technology is based on Nuvve’s six plus years of experience providing regulation services in the field.

Zura Bio Limited to join the Russell
2000 and Russell 3000 Indexes

SAN DIEGO — Zura Bio Limited, a multi-asset clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing novel medicines for immune and inflammatory disorders, announced it will be added to the Russell 2000 and Russell 3000 Indexes at the conclusion of the 2023 Russell indexes annual reconstitution, effective after the U.S. market opens on June 26, 2023. Membership in the US all-cap Russell 3000 Index, which remains in place for one year, means automatic inclusion in the small-cap Russell 2000 Index as well as the appropriate growth and value style indexes.

Calidi Biotherapeutics gets commitment
of $25 million in Series B funding

SAN DIEGO — Calidi Biotherapeutics Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company that is pioneering the development of allogeneic cell-based delivery of oncolytic viruses, announced the commitment of $25 million in Series B funding led by Jackson Investment Group, who has funded an initial investment of $5 million, and participation from Calidi Cure LLC, a consortium of new and existing investors led by Allan Camaisa, CEO and Chairman of Calidi.

Manscaped expands North American retail
presence with Tailored Brands launch

SAN DIEGO — Manscaped, a leading men’s grooming company, announced its partnership with Tailored Brands, a holding company that includes leading menswear retailers such as Men’s Warehouse and Jos. A. Bank. A selection of MANSCAPED’s core collection, featuring its best-selling tools and beloved formulations, is now selling in-store and online at Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank. Manscaped was founded by Paul Tran in 2016 in San Diego.

Daasity achieves ‘Built for NetSuite’ status

SAN DIEGO — Daasitya data and analytics platform built for omnichannel consumer brandsannounced that its SuiteApp has achieved the “Built for NetSuite” status. The new SuiteApp, built using the Oracle NetSuite SuiteCloud Platform, helps organizations centralize, visualize, analyze, and report on all brand data. By unifying NetSuite and Daasity data sources, the new SuiteApp allows merchants to leverage an integrated business system to track real-time gross margins from their website and Amazon, perform in-depth analyses on product hierarchy performance, track and calculate inventory metrics, and reconcile inventory across systems.

San Diego Wave players
named to FIFA World Cup roster

SAN DIEGO — San Diego Wave FC forward Alex Morgan and defender Naomi Girma will represent the San Diego region on the U.S. team during the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. This will be Morgan’s fourth World Cup, including 2015 and 2019 where she won gold. This will be Gairma’s World Cup debut after being the first overall pick in the 2022 NWSL draft. Also heading to the World Cup, playing for Sweden Women’s National Team, is Wave player Sofia Jakobsson.

Beam Global acquires
Serbian energy manufacturer

SAN DIEGO — San Diego electric vehicle charging products and technology company Beam Global has announced formal intent to acquire Amiga DOO Kraljeve (Amiga), a Serbia-based street lighting and energy infrastructure manufacturer. The acquisition will double the company’s headcout and boost expansion of Beam Global in Europe, including customers in the 16 nations Amiga currently serves.

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Novoron Bioscience joins tenant
roster at Genesis-San Diego

SAN DIEGO — Novoron Bioscience has signed a lease with Phase 3 Real Estate Partners for 7,432 square feet in Genesis-San Diego, an eight-story, 200,000-square-foot Class A life science building Downtown. Novoron will use the space to continue pioneering its lipoprotein-receptor drug development to repair damage and degeneration to the brain, spinal cord and beyond.

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