Dennis Ritchie has passed :-(
It's no secret that I am (was, before Oracle, anyway) a huge Sun fan. Dennis was an integral part of Sun Microsystems, a leader in the Unix industry, creator of the C language and a plethora of other technologies. He will be sorely missed, in this industry.
I know the 'net is still a buzz about Steve Jobs passing, and I don't intend to take anything away from that loss, either, but without Dennis, it's very unlikely that Apple would be successful, today and more unlikely that you would even have an internet.
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