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Sir Creep

Posted 26 January 2016 - 02:59 PM

Marvin Minsky, who combined a scientist’s thirst for knowledge with a philosopher’s quest for truth as a pioneering explorer of artificial intelligence, work that helped inspire the creation of the personal computer and the Internet, died of a cerebral hemorrhage on Sunday night in Boston. He was 88.

 

Surprisingly no DDP action.

SC


Magere Hein

Posted 25 January 2016 - 07:51 PM

Ed Yourdon, structured programming methodology pioneer, has died aged 71- post-op complications.

 

A name that will no doubt be familiar to some amongst us, he was one of the inaugural inductees into the Computer Hall of Fame (the linked report amusing typos it as Computer Hal of Fame).

 

Yup I've read some of his stuff. His we're all doomed about the y2k bug tarnished his reputation a bit. Nevertheless: a big one in my trade dies, and quite unexpectedly.


time

Posted 25 January 2016 - 07:40 PM

Ed Yourdon, structured programming methodology pioneer, has died aged 71- post-op complications.

 

A name that will no doubt be familiar to some amongst us, he was one of the inaugural inductees into the Computer Hall of Fame (the linked report amusing typos it as Computer Hal of Fame).


gcreptile

Posted 05 January 2016 - 11:26 AM

Richard Sapper, designer of IBM's Think Pad has died:

 

http://www.fastcodes...inkpad-has-died

 

Ok, that's number three that I was looking for in the Dennis Ritchie thread.


Magere Hein

Posted 15 November 2015 - 12:27 PM

A biggie as opposed to a WOPR?

 

I suppose that's a yes. Computers aren't good at ambiguous questions; neither am I.


Toast

Posted 15 November 2015 - 12:22 PM


I did some of my first programming execises on a mainframe from a competitor, a university owned VAX-11.

 

I feel really stupid now.  I've been using mine to clean the carpets. :wacko:


Cat O'Falk

Posted 15 November 2015 - 11:24 AM

A biggie as opposed to a WOPR?


Magere Hein

Posted 15 November 2015 - 09:44 AM



 



 



Gene Amdahl, constructor of IBM mainframes still existing today, and discoverer of Amdahl's Law, is dead at 92:

 

http://www.computerw...l-has-died.html

 

Ooh, that's a biggie!

 

I'm not totally sure, but I guess he was an A-List name in the IT world. Now I'm tempted to ask you... are you an IT guy?

 

 

He was, and yes, I am.

 

I did some of my first programming exercises on a mainframe from a competitor, a university owned VAX-11. Such mainframes as Amdahl designed were still in general use then, and some two decades later I did some actual (i.e paid) work on one of those IBM dinosaurs, still working for a large bank. I particularly remember the paperware that came with it: a filing cabinet full of it.


charon

Posted 14 November 2015 - 01:48 PM





Have they tried switching him off and back on again?

gcreptile

Posted 14 November 2015 - 01:26 PM

 

Gene Amdahl, constructor of IBM mainframes still existing today, and discoverer of Amdahl's Law, is dead at 92:

 

http://www.computerw...l-has-died.html

 

Ooh, that's a biggie!

 

I'm not totally sure, but I guess he was an A-List name in the IT world. Now I'm tempted to ask you... are you an IT guy?


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