I make no secret of my distaste of the glorification of lesser men that succeed wildly (yes, I refer to Steve Jobs there). So, as I doubt it will be so widely blogged or cried about, nor will reams of books and "biographies" of his life be mentioned and discussed for months afterwards, I'd like to pay sincere respects and best wishes here to Dennis Ritchie.
A genuine technology pioneer, he was one of the fundamental technologists behind, in my opinion, the entire world we know today. With Unix and C, what Dennis Ritchie's hands touched have very literally shaped almost every aspect of life through the emergence of personal technology and computing power. He will be fondly remembered here, at least.
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