RIP Dennis Ritchie

Economist.com: “Dennis Ritchie, a father of modern computing, died on October 8th, aged 70″ Tim Bray: “DMR, 1941—2011″ A post to mark the passing of someone not so well known outside of technology, that should be, because so much of what they use today is founded upon his work. We owe so much to him.

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On People, Process, and Passion and Persistence

My boss back at Bell Atlantic, who became my friend and mentor, Pat Trongo, had the following quote from Peter Senge’s “The Fifth Discipline” on his cube wall in big bold letters. I found it inspirational back then. But now I am blessed to see evidence of this pattern in life daily – Great teams […]

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The Web is 20

I’d like to say thank you to Tim Berners-Lee and all those who were part of making the Web happen. The original announcement (where? on Usenet of course!) W3C Design Issues for the World Wide Web World Wide Web Foundation Weaving the Web See also:

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How a handful of operators averted a nuclear meltdown

There will be songs, books, poems, and movies written about them in coming years, all deserved: Nature: “The meltdown that wasn’t”: It will probably be years before anyone knows exactly what happened inside the three reactors at Fukushima Daiichi that seem to have partially melted down in the wake of the tsunami. But from press […]

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“Master of Puppets” turns 25

“Master of Puppets” was the among the first three Metallica cassettes I owned. I bought “…And Justice for All” and “Garage Days” at a music shop in Kensington during 1988 and worked my way back through their releases shortly thereafter. My brother and his friends were Metallica fans and “Master of Puppets”, along with “Ride […]

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Our greatest freedom exists in the space between

Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl wrote in his book, “Man’s Search for Meaning”, “Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” I originally read of this from Steven Covey’s “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”, a book […]

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A continuing inspiration

There are some who would label Sister Mary Scullion’s belief system as ‘liberal’ because it has a vision for helping people reach their fullest potential, or, because it comes from a faith-based foundation, ‘religious’ or ‘conservative’. There are some would call this the polar opposite of say, ‘libertarianism’. Whatever. Label it what you will with […]

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