One of my most productive days was throwing away 1,000 lines of code.
When in doubt, use brute force.
In fact, we started off with two or three different shells and the shell had life of its own.
We have persistent objects, they're called files.
It's always good to take an orthogonal view of something. It develops ideas.
You can't trust code that you did not totally create yourself.
The X server has to be the biggest program I've ever seen that doesn't do anything for you.
I think the major good idea in Unix was its clean and simple interface: open, close, read, and write.
A well installed microcode bug will be almost impossible to detect.
I wanted to separate data from programs, because data and instructions are very different.
No amount of source-level verification or scrutiny will protect you from using untrusted code.
FORTRAN was the language of choice for the same reason that three-legged races are popular.
I am a very bottom-up thinker.
SCCS, the source motel! Programs check in and never check out!
In college, before video games, we would amuse ourselves by posing programming exercises.
There's a lot of power in executing data - generating data and executing data.
I wanted to avoid, special IO for terminals.
It is only the inadequacy of the criminal code that saves the hackers from very serious prosecution.
For most of that time, I've also been a keen gardener, but for many years I failed to make the connection between gardening and science.
The steady state of disks is full.
One is that the perfect garden can be created overnight, which it can't.
I still have a full-time day job, which is why it took me five years to write An Ear to the Ground, and why I won't have another book finished by next week.
That brings me to Dennis Ritchie. Our collaboration has been a thing of beauty.
On the one hand, the press, television, and movies make heroes of vandals by calling them whiz kids.
The average gardener probably knows little about what is going on in his or her garden.
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