Random Thoughts: UNIX Live Free or Die

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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:

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:

Other Bookkeeping

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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



  • Michael James October 14, 2011, 10:58 PM

    Actually, only some correct predictions are profitable. It’s possible to have a correct financial prediction and still lose money. Thanks for the mention.

  • Echo October 14, 2011, 8:07 AM

    Thanks for the mention, and have a great weekend!


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