Archive for November, 2011

Dennis Ritchie

Dennis Ritchie


Most people who have vastly contributed to the world have been ignored. Previously i wrote a post about R. Karunananda who was ignored by his own countrymen, until recenttimes. Here’s another story about a legend who contributed with his programming skills to shape the world, Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie. Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie born in 1941, and was an American computer scientist who helped shape the digital era.

He died 7 days after Steve Jobs and received less attention from media and geeks around the world. Both of these men died in the same month of the same year. Steve was largely considered a hero, while Dennis was largely ignored by the world. Only a handful of developers who knows the real value of Dennis Ritchie’s work even know of his death. Without Steve jobs there is no iPhone, iPad or Machintosh. Without Dennis there is no C, without C, there is no Unix, Windows or Linux.

Without C there is no C++ nor Objective-C. There is no Mac OS, no Photoshop, no Firefox, no Google Chrome, no Safari, no playstation or XBox. In fact, 90% of the applications in the world are written in C or C++ or objective-C. Here are some of the awards he received.

  1. Turing Award
  2. Hamming Medal
  3. Fellow of the Computer History Museum
  4. National Medal of Technology
  5. Japan Prize

At the time of his death Ritchie was 70 years old, He had been in frail health for several years following treatment for prostate cancer and heart disease. The Fedora 16 Linux distribution, which was released about a month after he died, was dedicated to his memory.

Oooops, seems like we ignored another legend. If you think Dennis Ritchie deserves our respect, please pass this along!


I have listed the top 23 tracks that i use to listen throughout the day. These are not rated in an order, but i prefer ‘One Direction’,’Labrinth’, ‘David guetta’, ‘Noah And The Whale’,’Sak Noel’,’Nicki Minaj’, ‘Pixie Lott’ and ‘Professor Green’ the most. There is no top favorite as such but i like almost all the tracks equally. Hope you would too enjoy the tracks and leave a comment on what you think about my 23 top favorite tracks.

Also note that i haven’t mentioned any outdated track in my top 23 ;P

Nicki Minaj - Fly (feat Rihana)

Olly Murs - Heart Skips 

Pixie Lott - All about tonight 

Noah and the Whale - Waiting for my chance to come 

David Guetta - When love takes over 

One direction - What makes you beautiful 

One direction - Gotta be you 

Cold play - paradise 

David guetta - Without you 

Labrinth - Earthquake 

Bruno Mars - Marry you 

Pixie Lott What Do You Take Me For? (Feat. Pusha T) 

Professor Green Read All About It (feat. Emeli Sande) 

Snow Patrol This Isn?t Everything You Are 

Cher Lloyd With Ur Love (feat. Mike Posner) 

Adele Rumour Has It 

Birdy People Help The People 

Ed Sheeran Lego House 

Jessie J Who You Are 

Lucenzo Danza Kuduro (Feat. Don Omar) 

RihannaWe Found Love (feat. Calvin Harris) 

Charlene SoraiaWherever You Will Go 

The Collective Teardrop 

Loca people - Censored version ;)