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By Anonym 13 Sep

Ken Thompson

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ken Thompson

On the one hand, the press, television, and movies make heroes of vandals by calling them whiz kids.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ken Thompson

I also enjoy writing my regular column for Organic Gardening magazine, so I may do more of that sort of thing in the future, if anybody wants it!

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ken Thompson

You can't trust code that you did not totally create yourself.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ken Thompson

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ken Thompson

When in doubt, use brute force.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ken Thompson

In college, before video games, we would amuse ourselves by posing programming exercises.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ken Thompson

I think the major good idea in Unix was its clean and simple interface: open, close, read, and write.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ken Thompson

There's a lot of power in executing data - generating data and executing data.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ken Thompson

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ken Thompson

I wanted to have virtual memory, at least as it's coupled with file systems.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ken Thompson

If you want to go somewhere, goto is the best way to get there.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ken Thompson

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ken Thompson

The X server has to be the biggest program I've ever seen that doesn't do anything for you.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ken Thompson

I wanted to avoid, special IO for terminals.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ken Thompson

The average gardener probably knows little about what is going on in his or her garden.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ken Thompson

SCCS, the source motel! Programs check in and never check out!

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ken Thompson

I wanted to separate data from programs, because data and instructions are very different.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ken Thompson

I’m glad someone’s finally giving ed the attention it deserves.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ken Thompson

FORTRAN was the language of choice for the same reason that three-legged races are popular.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ken Thompson

It's always good to take an orthogonal view of something. It develops ideas.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ken Thompson

I view Linux as something that's not Microsoft - a backlash against Microsoft, no more and no less.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ken Thompson

One of my most productive days was throwing away 1,000 lines of code.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ken Thompson

So maybe I can go back to being a Gardeners' World addict again.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ken Thompson

In fact, we started off with two or three different shells and the shell had life of its own.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ken Thompson

One is that the perfect garden can be created overnight, which it can't.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ken Thompson

The steady state of disks is full.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ken Thompson

It is only the inadequacy of the criminal code that saves the hackers from very serious prosecution.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ken Thompson

No amount of source-level verification or scrutiny will protect you from using untrusted code.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ken Thompson

I also have an idea for a book on biodiversity, and why and how we should be conserving it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ken Thompson

That brings me to Dennis Ritchie. Our collaboration has been a thing of beauty.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ken Thompson

Just think, IBM and DEC in the same room, and we did it.