[Coco] Dennis Ritchie

Tom Seagrove tjseagrove at writeme.com
Sat Oct 22 12:21:36 EDT 2011

All through history there are those who laid a foundation that allows others to exploit and go to amazing levels.  Dennis Richie laid a foundation that allowed many others to rise to great levels of success.  Yet another unsung hero of the computer revolution.  Here are some others:

Andrew Fluegelman - PC-Talk (Freeware)
Jim "Button" Knopf - PC-File (User Supported)
Bob Wallace - PC-Write (Shareware)

They created a marketing method that is standard in the industry nowadays.

Steve had a vision to change the world yet the work of those before him gave him the tools to do it.


On Oct 22, 2011, at 9:52 AM, Tony Cappellini <cappy2112 at gmail.com> wrote:

>>> The Economist On-Line is one that did NOT follow the pack in that respect.
> True, the development of C did open the doors for companies like Apple to
> make their products,
> but Dennis Ritchie wasn't a businessman nor visionary. C/Unix did not sell
> Apple computers no make the impact on computing like the Mac and Apple II.
> Understanding the business aspects of selling computers in the 80's was
> important to sell Apple's products. Yes, Apple made some mistakes, but
> they've also made several comebacks from those mistakes. Not many companies
> get that opportunity and are successful.
> Don't get me wrong- Dennis (et al) did some groundbreaking work, but they
> didn't make,sell, nor market computers or OSs.
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