We mark the passing of a true technology giant, without whom most of the existing breakthroughs in computing would have at least taken a lot longer to come to pass. No I am not writing about that iFruit dude, I speak of a real technology giant (who actually did something), I speak of Dennis Ritchie. Ritchie’s work on the C programming language and UNIX (live free or die) at Bell Labs in the 70’s laid the groundwork for most of the computing world of today (in fact a lot of it still uses C and UNIX (i.e. Linux is UNIX). Pretty much everything I have worked on in my working career (over 30 years) has had something to do with this technology, so I thank him for his good works and allowing me to have a career futzing around his work.
In the world of money and such, not much good news either, with an exception of better employment numbers for Canada, but the Left Tea Party folks are still occupying wall street and are now talking of expanding it to actually occupy Bay Street (although given the Toronto Cops reactions at the G-8 summit, they might want to rethink that). What is that all about? I am part of the 0.003% but I am not sure if that is part of the 1% or 99%, but I guess I am also part of the 26% (tax bracket at least). It’s all very confusing to a simple soul such as myself.
The phrase UNIX: Live Free or Die is actually a T-shirt which was based on someone’s license plate for the state of New Hampshire, a good phrase to live by, but not mentioned in any of my posts this week:
- With Minorities rule and Sunday’s Best I outlined how the next Ontario legislature will work and some of my favorite oldie but goodie tweets
- Remembering also Steve Jobs one more time we had Video: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs where he pompously espouses his own greatness.
- Happy Thanksgiving 2011 Canada was just a little fun at the expense of the turkey (and my favorite WKRP video clip)
- We can have some economic good news with optimistic labour numbers September 2011 let’s hope we can keep up this good news.
- The sounds of silence may be a wonderful song by Simon and Garfunkle, however no one complained (hear no evil) points out that silence sometimes can be a very bad thing.
- TD came out with quite a scary set of numbers on Seniors and debt pointing out that even our elders are falling into the debt trap.
And thanks to those who added me on Twitter I am now over 900 folks who follow me, wow!
If you are reading this on Android, you can thank Dennis Ritchie for that (indirectly) too, but I digress, other financial writers wrote about actual financial stories:
- Preet actually had a Guest Post to his blog AGAIN this week which gave us an introduction to Tusk Trader with Trading Commodities and Foreign Exchange. Does this mean Preet is outsourcing his own blog?
- Larry MacDonald asks is it time to buy yet with Maximum Pessimism II, and the answer may well be, not yet, the road ahead still has many twists.
- Michael James wonders aloud, Which Predictions are Profitable? The answer of course is, the right ones. Remember most stock prognosticators seem to be able to predict many “recoveries” but they rarely come to fruition.
- Canadian Capitalist points out that the current Stock Market Volatility is not Unprecedented, but it still kinda sucks (IMHO).
- Our amigo My Own Advisor gives us some other reasons why he invests in high dividend paying stocks, me I like dividends too.
- Boomer of Boomer and Echo wonders will the gifts you give end up at the thrift store? We don’t call it that, we call it The Boutique! Gifts are always a tricky thing for me.
- Canadian Couch Potato points out what MoneyBall can teach us about investing. I really do want to see MoneyBall, but I suspect Mrs. C8j might not be as interested as I would be.
- Million Dollar Journey has a guest post which laments the Passing of Fraser Smith, of THE Smith Manoeuvre a risky, but interesting way for Canadians to make their mortgage interest tax-deductible.
- Sandy at Yes I am Cheap gives us a video about a very alternate financial life style BI-Weekly Paying off your Mortgage (interesting how you can make anything risqué by simply capitalizing BI).
- A useful article in Reuters about how Websites Leak more information about Consumers than we think, read it and see where your info may being sold.
- Canadian Financial DIY points out the importance why Individual Investors need a Strong Ombudsman, to stand up for their rights and protect them.
- Ellen Roseman returns from a Blogcation with a post about Your Car Questions and Complaints, give them hell Ellen!
- Softpedia gives us another unhappy change in tactics by the bad guys which is Phone Banking Fraud Takes the Place of Credit Card Fraud, oh joy!
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“UNIX is basically a simple operating system, but you have to be a genius to understand the simplicity.”
Author: Dennis Ritchie