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RIP, Dennis Ritchie


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.

Filed under news
Oct 13, 2011

RIP, Steve


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

Filed under news
Oct 6, 2011

Double decker coach introduced by Indian Railways


Indian Railways has introduced an AC double decker coach on the 12383(Up)/12384(Down) Howrah – Dhanbad Express. It was designed ingeniously by Research Development and Standard Organisation and developed by Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala. The coach can run on a train with diesel engine.

The fully air-conditioned train will have chair car coaches and will start from Dhanbad at 5 am to arrive at Howrah at 9.15 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. From Howrah, it will start at 3.20 p.m. on every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and reach Dhanbad at 7.40 p.m.

If the double-decker becomes a hit, Indian Railways will probably release it in other trains as well. The increased carrying capacity could be enormously useful in routes that are crying for more trains such as Bangalore – Kerala route. I believe a lot of passengers will travel in it for the new experience at first and then as they get used to it will appreciate the usefulness as well.

Filed under misc
Oct 3, 2011