One of my most productive days was throwing away 1,000 lines of code.
We have persistent objects, they're called files.
It's always good to take an orthogonal view of something. It develops ideas.
I have to keep up with the scientific literature as part of my job, but increasingly I found myself reading things that weren't really relevant to my academic work, but were relevant to gardening.
If you want to go somewhere, goto is the best way to get there.
You can't trust code that you did not totally create yourself.
I don't think there are many people up in research who have strong ideas about things that they haven't really had experience with.
When in doubt, use brute force.
No amount of source-level verification or scrutiny will protect you from using untrusted code.
The X server has to be the biggest program I've ever seen that doesn't do anything for you.
In fact, we started off with two or three different shells and the shell had life of its own.
I am a very bottom-up thinker.
The average gardener probably knows little about what is going on in his or her garden.
I think the major good idea in Unix was its clean and simple interface: open, close, read, and write.
The steady state of disks is full.
In college, before video games, we would amuse ourselves by posing programming exercises.
A well installed microcode bug will be almost impossible to detect.
SCCS, the source motel! Programs check in and never check out!
It is only the inadequacy of the criminal code that saves the hackers from very serious prosecution.
I wanted to separate data from programs, because data and instructions are very different.
FORTRAN was the language of choice for the same reason that three-legged races are popular.
There's a lot of power in executing data - generating data and executing data.
I wanted to avoid, special IO for terminals.
I wanted to have virtual memory, at least as it's coupled with file systems.
I also have an idea for a book on biodiversity, and why and how we should be conserving it.
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