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RIP, Dennis Ritchie

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This is a bad bad month for technology. First it was Steve Jobs, now it is reported that Dennis Ritchie (dmr) is no more. Rob Pike has posted that Dennis Ritchie passed away in his Google+ stream. In his post he says :

I just heard that, after a long illness, Dennis Ritchie (dmr) died at home this weekend. I have no more information.

I trust there are people here who will appreciate the reach of his contributions and mourn his passing appropriately.

He was a quiet and mostly private man, but he was also my friend, colleague, and collaborator, and the world has lost a truly great mind.

For those who don’t know, Dennis Ritchie is one of the inventors of the C language and UNIX. Much of computing today stand on the foundations built by this great man. Without C, we wouldn’t have high level languages. Without UNIX, Operating Systems (including Linux, Mac OS and BSD) wouldn’t have reached the state it has today. We owe a lot to him and it’s with sadness that we receive this news.

RIP, dmr.

Update : If you’re looking for Dennis Ritchie’s homepage, then it maybe down right now. See Google’s cached version of the page. TechCrunch has also reported the news.

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Oct 13, 2011

RIP, Steve

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Steve Jobs has passed away.

There are few people who truly change the flow of the human race. Steve Jobs was one of those few. People will talk about him, worship him and study him for years. Those of us who lived while he did will consider themselves fortunate.

He always thought of the normal guy. Few people could do that. His obsession with creating wonderful products changed the way we live. If you told me a few years back that I would own a smartphone and it would do all the amazing things it does, then I would have laughed at you. So would a million people. If you told me that I would listen to music with a player smaller than a matchbox, then I would have laughed at you. Much of the revolution today can be attributed to the vision and persistence of a single individual.

He was more than an engineer. In many ways he taught engineers to follow a higher calling. Teaching us that all of what we do has no significance until it can bring a smile to your neighbour.

Steve, the world will miss you. Rest in peace.

Steve Jobs 1955 – 2011

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Oct 6, 2011

National Enquirer reports on Steve Jobs’ health

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The tabloid, National Enquirer, has claimed that Steve Jobs has only 6 weeks to live. Their website does not reveal much. It says “Shocking photos obtained exclusively by The ENQUIRER show the 56-year-old cancer-stricken computer genius has become rail-thin and heartbreakingly weak in recent days despite putting up a tremendously courageous battle.” and “But after studying the new photos of the world-renowned entrepreneur – taken on February 8th in California – medical experts consulted by The ENQUIRER say it appears he’s losing his battle.” I do not know how much to believe a doctor who has predicted the time to live for a person by looking at the photograph, but the Enquirer seems to have much faith – ‘One of our experts – Boca Raton, Fla., critical care physician Dr. Samuel Jacobson, who has not treated Jobs – told The ENQUIRER: “The poor guy! Judging from these photos, he is close to terminal. I would say he has six weeks.’ . If it is indeed true, then this is very sad news indeed.

National Enquirer report on Steve Jobs health

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Feb 20, 2011