Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates recently wrapped up a three-day tour of college campuses that was aimed at urging minorities to consider careers in computer science. Gates claims that software writers will be in great demand in the next decade, but the number of college grads seeking software jobs is declining.

"These are jobs that pay great," Gates said. "These are fun jobs, and so you'd think right now we'd be having more people applying in them than ever."

"But in fact," he added, "somehow we haven't got the word out. We haven't made it clear the steps to get the right skills to get these jobs."