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Dennis Ritchie, father of Unix and C

Posted: October 19, 2011 in Unix
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   Dennis Ritchie the creator of C and the Unix operating system had died at age of 70.
A lot of us don’t know that the cell phones, operating systems, and even Mac computers owe thanks to C and Unix. And, to Dennis Ritchie.

Dennis Ritchie had more to do with where we are as technological society than even Steve Jobs. Really? Since Jobs’ death a week ago, that’s all the world can talk about.
Without Ritchie’s advances in technology, your iPhone might be completely different (or not exist at all.)
So why is the world mourning Jobs and not Ritchie?

The answer is clear .. “Ritchie was just a creator, not an entrepreneur.”

And that’s the difference. Steve Jobs built a company and created a brand. He created a community of die hard Mac lovers. He was a walking sound bite and enough of a character that people who don’t even use a Mac or like computers knew his name. He had a platform. And he used it very well.
Ritchie was a creator. He did not have a platform. He did not build a brand around himself and his creation. He did not step into the lime light. He was the quiet to Steve Jobs flamboyant. He created things…things that will affect billions of people.

And that my friends is the clearest example in recent memory of what a platform is. What a brand is. And what the difference is between branding yourself (and becoming well known because of that brand) and simply, quietly creating something great.

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