What’s Santa Bringing You this Year…

They once said "digital will never replace film", well guess what you have a choice of either get on the bus or be left behind as the handwriting is clear... (Oh and the internet is just a fad)

Well guess the first question is if you where good or not is going to be the first thing, however your proclivity to remain out of trouble isn’t our worry in this waxing as hey Santa needs a job too.  Yet what has me thinking aloud is it appears that the publishing industry is still feeling out ways to take advantage of new digital formats.  As if I had to guess some of the “adult” (and not so) items will be iPads, iPhones, Kindle Fires and maybe even a Galaxy Tab or two for the more adventurous out there.  As people can say what they may or want, these devices do one thing and they do it very well.  Yes Virginia we may need to talk about this Santa thing, however we don’t have to about these devices being “hyper” eMedia consumption appliances as they are to users of media as beer is to a frat house party.

As well as at this moment there seems to be plenty of traditional magazine subscribers who have claimed that they still prefer old fashioned print, but we all know that a “magazine” is nothing more than a broken iPad.  As there are a few brave souls  as  part of a slowly growing  number since the iPad was introduced in 2010  who read magazines on tablets.  While it’s not if the general public loves them or not might be up for grabs, but what interests me is that according to a newly published survey conducted by the Association of Magazine Media, found those [like myself] who are already reading magazines on tablets tend to really get into them.

As survey said that  adult digital magazine readers where claiming to be reading as much or more magazine content than they did before starting to read on a tablet.  In fact,   two-thirds of the survey said they plan to consume even more “magazines” now that they can do so digitally.

Here Christopher Kevorkian MPA EVP of Digital said in a statement “While various research has long proved that print magazines drive purchase behavior, digital magazines hold the promise of creating a direct link between purchase intent and actual transaction”. As its clear that publishing houses must look to the tablets to help keep them afloat as well as the new role the “magazine” will take on.  As here now there will be a direct connection to the reader which will warrant a paradigm shift from the old ways.

As in the stone ages, trees where cut down, paper was made and water polluted so that color glossy wad of paper could show up in your drug or local book store for you to read for a hour or two and toss out to fill up a landfill.  Here there was no connection as the publishing house had no clue you bought their tome, as all they knew is they sold 2,000 copies to Walgreens.   However in today’s digital world they have a link to you  as that fancy little magazine App is just that an application which can exchange information, display notifications and manage bidirectional feedback.  In short each magazine App can also become its own self contained retail experience further tightening the entire “consumer” web.

So first off, don’t be like those film camera folks that said digital will never take off as it did so and go and try to find a film camera and  if you do try and get the film developed [this is the future of print]!  So its not a question of if, only when you convert as the sooner the better as waxed here before, those which fail to adopt today will become tomorrow’s information impoverished…

Order Is a Losing Battle…

Order & Chaos are a tough nut to crack!

This morning as I trudged through the hotel lobby to make my way to some breakfast fixens (this is while I’m in Texas)  I noticed this young lady a bit disheveled (as myself for that hour)  working on her computer reading a “word” document.  She was pains takingly formatting it and shifting things from here to there to get it just right.  In other words, she was breathing “order” into the work, as were there was chaos she was transmuting that to order.  In fact this got me to thinking as while I didn’t have a clue what the document was even for, I’m sure it  was intended to bring some further set of order to her charge, be it a process, sales or who knows what, there was sure to be order.

So what is the big deal you ask as millions of people draft word documents, power points and the like every day to bring order so what.  Well its that very point as the human animal is the only “animal” which comprehends its own mortality.  In other words, we realize we have a start (birth) and an end (death), where the squirrel on your front porch has no clue of any of this.  In fact their life is governed by the Second Law of Thermodynamics or more commonly known as the Law of Increased Entropy.

This is where everything moves from order to entropy following the arrow of time, as the squirrel is born, collects a few nuts then ends up being hit by a car and rotting in the street.  As while this is a rather blunt and maybe grotesque analogy.  It is accurate and descriptive also as the squirrel starts as an ordered body and in the “end” becomes unordered.  Of course we in fact end up the same way hopefully minus the car and rotting in the road.  However the difference is we spend our life in a losing battle against chaos, as we fight it every day in an attempt to harness chaos to form order only to lose that ground to decay the next.

One thing worth pointing out is my reasoning for this waxing is not to convince you all this is for not as you might as well stay in bed as you’re just going to die some day so what is the use.  It yet is to point this fact out as the iconic Chinese symbol of yin and yang contains both light and dark so does our universe contain both chaos and order.  Therefore there must be a reason this disheveled young lady was working so hard to bring order to the world as if the world refused order then this would not be possible even though any order she brought would surely decay and end up like the squirrel…

What’s In a Line…

Who says waiting in line can't be fun?

Well for the most part it is us, I forget the crazy amount of time which studies say we spend in them. In addition just love the fact that my European colleagues refer to the action in more formal terms as instead of lines, they tend to “Queue” up if you will which just sounds like fun rather just saying I’m waiting in line.

Yet these lines fascinate me, what is the anatomy of a “line”, as what makes one move faster then another, is maybe a “holy grail” of solutions if you will to unlock their secrets.  In fact my employment over the years has involved quite a bit of study when it comes to “lines” (queues).  As I’ve applied the mathematical concepts of Erlang, as well as network theory to forecast the best way to do the most with the least.

Yet it seems that the mystery still alludes me as I wait in line here at the airport as I always worry if I’ve picked the fastest line as most of the time in fact I don’t.  While it’s not practical to whip out the iPhone and crunch a bunch of Erlang numbers (only because I don’t have all the data I need, not due to the geeky-ness).  However I do attempt to apply set logic, as in waiting in the passport line.

This is typically an interesting time as there are always multiple lines, with multiple dynamics to each.  Here each non-resident has a longer screening interval then a resident (US Citizen, non-Green card holder).  Therefore assessing how many people are holding blue passports (each country typically has a different color) so should be positive indication.  Yet families go up as one unit, so therefore, looking for (groups of) families could provide an advantage.

In fact I’ve come up with a long list of attributes which I use for selection as keep in mind if two 747s (the norm for long range international travel) unload, that over 600 people in queues at one instant.  As I also pick a reference point in surrounding lines to measure my progress against theirs as we move through the line.  However more times then not, even factoring in all this data, I seem to fail in selecting the optimum line.

With this I have to wonder what component “opportunity” plays into the mix as this still is mainly driven by chance.  As think about this, you’re in a grocery store an spy that one open lane at the far end while all the others are packed full.  You thank your good fortune and make a mad dash to the end only to be greeted by Betty Sue flipping off her light to go on break.  Now, not only do you lose out here, you also lose your former position too, as it’s here not all opportunity is equal.

While yes I know of all kinds of math-a-magical formulas to forecast opportunity, it still only a forecast and not an absolute.  Therefore your back in the same boat of infinite possibilities with finite probabilities and we are left to await lady lucks smile…

P.S. For those wondering, yes I know about Global Entry (a fast track to re-enter the country for a premium fee and pre screening). However this fits in the story above, as after studying the queues, it appears most frequent international travelers have signed up for this program to beat the lines.  So this in fact has created a new line for the kiosk to enter.  Therefore if one fly’s business class meaning de-planning first ahead of the crowds, on average I can move through the normal line faster.  Go figure…

Seven Famous Words…

The Seven Words where good for George, so why does the FCC think they are bad...

Yes you know those seven famous words we all know, yet you can’t say them on (US) broadcast TV and radio?  As those same words which have brought fame and wealth to comedian George Carlin who developed a famous monologue titled the “seven words you can never say on television.”

So where did this hoopla all start you ask?  Well it seems that a radio station owned by the Pacifica Foundation had broadcast a program which contained these now immortal words and was fined for doing so.  In turn this wound though the court system till a 1978 Supreme Court decision upheld the fine and sent these words into infamy.

So there we sat till in 2004 when the FCC decided to take a hard-line posture on the topic, holding that even a “single” unscripted instance of profanity could be considered a punishable offense. The major television networks concerned, challenged the new rules in court, arguing that they were so vague that it was not reasonably possible to tell what was allowed.

This bounced around the judicial system a bit and a visit back to the Supreme Court in again in 2009.  Yet it wasn’t till the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit picked up the torch and decided that the FCC’s policy was in fact unconstitutionally vague. It even went so far to say that the uncertainties about the rules were in fact affecting speech that clearly merited protection under the First Amendment.  Further attention was also brought to bear on the topic when a number of CBS affiliates declined to air the Peabody Award-winning “9/11” documentary, which contains real audio footage – including occasional expletives—of firefighters in the World Trade Center on September 11th.

As what the Second Circuit’s decision did allow was the FCC to revise its rules around broadcast censorship, possibly even a return to the time tested model.  However in steps a coalition of public interest groups last week who filed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to step beyond the Circuit’s position to declare broadcast censorship unconstitutional in total.

The interesting argument the groups pointed out is that the high court’s 1978 reasoning no longer holds to modern television. As they claim broadcast television was once the sole source of video content for households.  Yet today that is no longer the case as we now have a wide variety of alternatives. As its now possible to access video via cable, satellite, DVD players, and least we not forget the internet.  As in fact today, only a small portion of households ( 8% percent) rely exclusively on broadcast television for their home entertainment. Thus, as the argument goes it seems broadcast television is no longer “pervasive.”

 

It is because of this, the group feels the traditional rational for broadcast censorship doesn’t apply in the modern world and the courts should reconsider their original decision allowing the FCC to regulate broadcasting content. As the Second Circuit commented that it would have preferred to have reached that result, however couldn’t because it was bound by the Supreme Court’s Pacifica decision.

This in turn means the only solution sits with the Supreme Court itself, of course, it would have to overturn its own decision.  This in turn would give broadcasting the same enjoyment of First Amendment protections which the courts have held up for other media.  In short, it might not be long before we sit aghast of the tube as we watch our favorite characters drop the F bomb.  Now that’s progress(?)…

I’m So Sorry…

Its interesting how something so simple can be so complex...

The word “sorry” is a fascinating word, as our literary friend Webster says that “sorry” is an expression “of sorrow, regret, or penitence”.  In addition we typically express this “feeling” from our person to that of another person to convey our regret for a situation or action which we may have either directly caused, or simply have knowledge of.  As if we say something hurtful unintentionally we will say “I’m Sorry” or maybe it’s to acknowledge the loss of another by saying “I’m Sorry”.

In this the word “sorry” becomes a dynamic word in being expressive to share two sides of one coin, yet there is an interesting state of the word.  Yet, maybe let me rephrase this to the creation of a statement of absolute if you will.  As the word “so” can be an adjective, adverb, or conjunction which makes it an interesting filler word in general as “boy that is so cool” or here as we are talking “I’m so sorry” as there seems  to be some magic here.  As in the past we’ve on these pages waxed about trigger words which mean something in our mind.  The same is true here too, this in turn is what I find interesting about the whole thing.

Why is this interesting you ask, simple as waiting here at the airport (my second home), the flight is delayed and there is a passenger ahead of me in line arguing with the agent about this fact.  The discussion has been going for a few minutes, however it came to an abrupt stop where the two parted in silence.  My mind noticed the lack of droning conversation which was replaced by silence then an opening in line.  I quickly thought back to the last words and they were “I’m so sorry”.  What struck me is the agent was apologetic prior to this point yet was ignored by the combatant travel till the addition of the word “so” with “sorry”.

Thinking back, the first place where I recall this phrase had logged itself in my mind was with the passing of my grandmother many years ago as this was the exact phrase the hospital staff started their announcement with which created its own trigger point in my mind as a young man.  As when I hear the phrase, it’s almost as an absolute as taken place and there is no way to go back and the only way is forward.  As the passenger ahead of me was a middle aged adult, I’m sure he had also heard this before in the same context as most adults reading this has a there isn’t a shadow of any doubt that death is the most absolute thing there is…

The World Runs on M & M…

While they wont melt in in your hand, they aren't the same as a thank you 😉

Ok, before you go there I’m not talking about that melt in your mouth candy type goodness even if the blue ones are kind of cool and all. What I’m getting at here is Money and Medals as that’s what gets people up in the morning and keeps  the world going round every day. As in fact what most don’t understand is it’s a mix and a bit different ratio then many would expect.

As what has gotten me thinking of this was a walk through the lobby of the Hyatt Hotel in Houston this week where they hosted the Girl Scout convention.  As where every you looked there were folks wearing vests with patches, or lanyards with numerous things hanging off them.  All of these I’m sure (I say this as I’ve never been a Girl scout) represent some level of achievement, rank or position in the organization which is a nonprofit on top of that.

The reason the later is important, is these folk pretty much paid on their own to be there rather than their company paying them and for them to be there.  So why this then, if there isn’t any money involved why pay then?  Well the answer is hidden away in the “medals” for being there as well as a venue to strut those “medals” already earned or acquired. As what most people forget is the rote power “medals” can bring as they typically are cheap from an economic point of view, yet the ROI from the afterglow can be amazing.

As following Abraham Maslows ideas, we need to provide for the basics in life and that’s what money provides us.  However once we have some measure of that, we yearn for self actualization in that we wish to be someone and recognized by someone else.  This is where “medals” come into play as they provide a means outward advertising of ones self in a non verbal form.  One of the most interesting medals to me is the wedding ring which is wrapped in a compound message.

As for both the man and the woman it signifies to society they are wanted by another, thus they are “want-able” as a whole and thus a metal of that attainment.  Second, more so for the woman (however you see it a bit more too on the male side these days too) is the size of the rock(s) indicates to society the size of her desirability, by the one who has chosen her.  While the concept of wedding rings and their overt social messages embedded within could fill a book.  Yet the point here is to demonstrate the concept which all medals bring to us.

As for example, you receive a recognition reward from, this in turn as the wedding rings demonstrates your acceptance by others and there you display this achievement of acceptance. As this is the point I am driving at is many leaders forget the importance of the small things, as we transform recognition into acceptance and we the human animal want nothing more than to be accepted, socially wanted and seen as contributing to something greater than just us.

Thus, if you’re a leader, never forget it’s the small stuff which counts when it comes to dealing with people and is as simple a piece of paper saying thank you which in the long run can be worth all the money in the world…

To Track or Not to Track, That Is The Question…

To Peek or Not to Peek is the question...

Or least at it seems for Antoine Jones who appears to have been a ringleader of a cocaine trafficking operation in California.   As the police believed they had enough evidence to convince a jury he was guilty, yet they over looked one small problem,  as a key part of their  case came from a GPS tracking device which the police secretly installed in Jones’ car.  Because its here where as you guessed it Jones argues that the installation “and” use of the device seems to have violated his Fourth Amendment rights.

What’s more interesting is that on Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard Jones’s argument contesting this purported violation as this was the high court’s first opportunity to address the constitutionality of prolonged, warrantless GPS tracking.  As what they said was the “future has now arrived” in that tracking technology has advanced rapidly in the last three decades where devices can be as compact as a credit card, and be monitored from a great distance.

Then in response [to the defense] the governments (police) position  came off that the argument appeared to alarm several of the justices due to their response of “If you win this case then there is nothing to prevent the police or the government from monitoring 24 hours a day the public movement of every citizen of the United States,” Justice Breyer said.  This comment was furthered with “And no one, at least very rarely, sends human beings to follow people 24 hours a day. That occasionally happens. But with the machines, you can. So if you win, you suddenly produce what sounds like 1984.”

1984 you say there Justice Breyer, do you well the [argument] discussion went on to build upon the idea of what if they pieced together traffic light camera data as because this is a known and therefore expected it was acceptable.  Thus, from this position it seems anything which is known is acceptable even if it impinges upon our “perceived” being is a standard.  So once one gives an inch the mile is the next increment, as its becoming clear that the concept of privacy is really only a “perception” and not an actuality.

Additionally as waxed here before, the only keeper of “privacy” in the past has been “cost” and with that gone, the barriers to it are also.  As simply think of the information which is gathered about you daily including everything from Google searches, cell phone locations (yes your cell phone constantly reports your location even without GPS), the traffic light cameras, store security cameras, parking lot cameras and so on and on.  So justice Breyer, you say it sounds like 1984, well think again as the calendar has shown that it has come and gone and well Big Brother has come, just not gone and that is life…

Nine More Years…

If 8 years was long time, 9 is even longer!

The study of economics is a funny thing, yet one which tops it is sociology as in fact what most people miss is that (our) sociological models make up our economy.  As without people wanting to “trade” there is really no point to have an economy is there?  So it’s with this in mind, I find amazement that so many folks still see these as two separate things, and that “economics” is in a fact a standalone construct which can operate on its own as if it was some form of automiton if you will and people simply form the economic input as if it were an IDef-0 model.

Yet what has me rambling about this today is the idea of nine more years, yet you are most likely asking nine more years of what?  Well it’s work, and yes it’s for us (baby) boomers as it appears we aren’t just working a few more years then our parents.  We, are in fact working almost a decade more than them.

While they say keeping busy is a good thing, there is (as with everything) a cause an effect relationship which this brings.  As personally, I’m bringing up the tail end of the booming generation as there is only about 2 to 3 years and could of been a Gen-Xer as my sister.  However, it’s not my personal plight of being in a gray area, it’s in fact that sociologically we are stealing from Peter to pay Paul if you will.  As for every extra year a boomer works, it’s another year of stolen opportunity from a Gen-Xer.

Well if this wasn’t enough on its own, the second shoe here is the fact that there are so many more boomers then Xers to start with.  So in short the “Boomers” are sucking up all the economic air from the room if you will.  In addition as with all things plumbing related, the effects roll down hill and if the Xers are being starved for employment, what about the Y’s?  You know all this Occupy Something nonsense going on now because the Yers are saying there are no jobs?

Well they are right as their parents and grandparents are still holding on to them and the (economic) plumbing is now backing up.  As for me the government says I have another 17 working years under my belt which is interesting in that this year will be the 32ned year which I’ve paid into social security as an adult (about 35 in total).  So this will mean I will (and others like me) spend 49 (or more) years in the workforce!

In fact because of the volume of boomers, not only will both the Xers and Y’s be impacted, however the upcoming millennial’s will be too as they attempt to enter the workforce.  So when there are comments about the economic life the boomers children have not being what their fathers were, that is because their father still has it…

Nine More Years…

If 8 years was long time, 9 is even longer!

The study of economics is a funny thing, yet one which tops it is sociology as in fact what most people miss is that (our) sociological models make up our economy.  As without people wanting to “trade” there is really no point to have an economy is there?  So it’s with this in mind, I find amazement that so many folks still see these as two separate things, and that “economics” is in a fact a standalone construct which can operate on its own as if it was some form of automiton if you will and people simply form the economic input as if it were an IDef-0 model.

Yet what has me rambling about this today is the idea of nine more years, yet you are most likely asking nine more years of what?  Well it’s work, and yes it’s for us (baby) boomers as it appears we aren’t just working a few more years then our parents.  We, are in fact working almost a decade more than them.

While they say keeping busy is a good thing, there is (as with everything) a cause an effect relationship which this brings.  As personally, I’m bringing up the tail end of the booming generation as there is only about 2 to 3 years and could of been a Gen-Xer as my sister.  However, it’s not my personal plight of being in a gray area, it’s in fact that sociologically we are stealing from Peter to pay Paul if you will.  As for every extra year a boomer works, it’s another year of stolen opportunity from a Gen-Xer.

Well if this wasn’t enough on its own, the second shoe here is the fact that there are so many more boomers then Xers to start with.  So in short the “Boomers” are sucking up all the economic air from the room if you will.  In addition as with all things plumbing related, the effects roll down hill and if the Xers are being starved for employment, what about the Y’s?  You know all this Occupy Something nonsense going on now because the Yers are saying there are no jobs?

Well they are right as their parents and grandparents are still holding on to them and the (economic) plumbing is now backing up.  As for me the government says I have another 17 working years under my belt which is interesting in that this year will be the 32ned year which I’ve paid into social security as an adult (about 35 in total).  So this will mean I will (and others like me) spend 49 (or more) years in the workforce!

In fact because of the volume of boomers, not only will both the Xers and Y’s be impacted, however the upcoming millennial’s will be too as they attempt to enter the workforce.  So when there are comments about the economic life the boomers children have not being what their fathers were, that is because their father still has it…

A Mid-Life Crises Indian Style…

Can 1.2 billion buyers be all that bad?

A recent Economist article got me to thinking about this topic as all things have cycles and this is what this blog is here to discuss as being human animals we not only create these cycles, yet live within their creation. As it’s here “mid-life” comes in to play as it always sounds better to say “than half dead”, yet we aren’t to wax about a 20 something blonde, nor a fast car as this subject is far more exciting being 30 year mark for the Indian Outsourcing industry as the Granddad of them all, Infosys has turned the 30 and its founder and Chairman has decided the time was right to take the money and run.  In leaving the reins in the hands of others we are seeing a trend across the “tech giants”, as for one reason or another we are seeing changes at the top of these firms as well as in the markets.  Yet today what interests me the most is what is happening in India as what was a third world nation (where many parts remain) steps forward into the spot light of the world market solely based  on its human capital and it matures what is the outcome and what can we learn from it.

As during the last Wall Street meltdown in mid-2009, the  revenue growth of IT firms’ slowed to near zero as customers, especially ones in the financial industry, slashed their spending like there was no tomorrow. Yet activity did bounce back in time as their clients recovered some of their nerve along with furthering efforts to cut costs through outsourcing and right shoring their back offices.  Yet as it appears that we may be heading for a sequel to the 2008/2009 as the second shoe prepares to drop how will they fare in light of a second double down if you will?

What has me pondering this is a far more social question then one of simple rote “right-shoring” politics and arguments of its ethicality or economic viability.  As here again is where the Economist [magazine] shines as many people grab the Sports page of the local paper, I grab the world economic data and there is no where better then the back of the Economist. As it’s here I’ve noticed something interesting when it comes to India which seems to be a “tell” to the “tail” if you will as in a “telling tail”.

Here India is unique if you will because it is the only high populous country in the sub-Asian region which sports a capitalistic economy.  Where most others are social hybrids, their conversion has been the closest so at this mid age mark what to the numbers look like then?  Well this is what surprised me as not so good, as their Current Account Balance is actually negative at -36 billion which is comparable with  another western styled country in region Australia at -33 billion.  Interesting stuff  their budget is -4.7% of GDP while again “Australia” weights in at half being a mere -2.6%,

Its clear that consumerism has taken hold in India and they are spending money faster than they earn it (sounds like the American way doesn’t it)…

A Mid-Life Crises Indian Style…

Can 1.2 billion buyers be all that bad?

A recent Economist article got me to thinking about this topic as all things have cycles and this is what this blog is here to discuss as being human animals we not only create these cycles, yet live within their creation. As it’s here “mid-life” comes in to play as it always sounds better to say “than half dead”, yet we aren’t to wax about a 20 something blonde, nor a fast car as this subject is far more exciting being 30 year mark for the Indian Outsourcing industry as the Granddad of them all, Infosys has turned the 30 and its founder and Chairman has decided the time was right to take the money and run.  In leaving the reins in the hands of others we are seeing a trend across the “tech giants”, as for one reason or another we are seeing changes at the top of these firms as well as in the markets.  Yet today what interests me the most is what is happening in India as what was a third world nation (where many parts remain) steps forward into the spot light of the world market solely based  on its human capital and it matures what is the outcome and what can we learn from it.

As during the last Wall Street meltdown in mid-2009, the  revenue growth of IT firms’ slowed to near zero as customers, especially ones in the financial industry, slashed their spending like there was no tomorrow. Yet activity did bounce back in time as their clients recovered some of their nerve along with furthering efforts to cut costs through outsourcing and right shoring their back offices.  Yet as it appears that we may be heading for a sequel to the 2008/2009 as the second shoe prepares to drop how will they fare in light of a second double down if you will?

What has me pondering this is a far more social question then one of simple rote “right-shoring” politics and arguments of its ethicality or economic viability.  As here again is where the Economist [magazine] shines as many people grab the Sports page of the local paper, I grab the world economic data and there is no where better then the back of the Economist. As it’s here I’ve noticed something interesting when it comes to India which seems to be a “tell” to the “tail” if you will as in a “telling tail”.

Here India is unique if you will because it is the only high populous country in the sub-Asian region which sports a capitalistic economy.  Where most others are social hybrids, their conversion has been the closest so at this mid age mark what to the numbers look like then?  Well this is what surprised me as not so good, as their Current Account Balance is actually negative at -36 billion which is comparable with  another western styled country in region Australia at -33 billion.  Interesting stuff  their budget is -4.7% of GDP while again “Australia” weights in at half being a mere -2.6%,

Its clear that consumerism has taken hold in India and they are spending money faster than they earn it (sounds like the American way doesn’t it)…

The Passing of a Legend and No Not Steve Jobs…

Art in the form of code...

This Sunday, felt it only proper to take moment to recognize a life we’ve lost which has touched most all people on this planet and many simply just don’t know it.  As the passing of the charismatic as well as enigmatic Steve Jobs caught fire with the global media, the passing of Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie has not brought the same attention, however without Ritchie.  Well, let’s just say Steve would have never been Steve, as Dennis came up with two critical things in his life which provide for our technological life blood today.

The first is the “C” programming language which has become the standard of all languages no matter the operating system, all core applications as well as the OS’s are written in “C”.  This allowed [language and compiler] allowed us to write programs which could easily be converted into the computers native language making programs “portable” as well as fast.

The second was UNIX itself, as being the key operating system of the internet as until Windows came along it was really the only kid on the street and even after 30 years it still kicks windows butt for availability as it just runs.  In addition it also fueled the Linux revolution as well as Free BSD and on down the list.  Too least you think that it is reserved only for those anti-social geeks hanging in the back room with some unnatural Kung-Fu your wrong.  As if you’re a MAC user, just look down at your keyboard as you’re using UNIX!  MAC-OS is actually UNIX! This is why you don’t get virus’s and this is why Steve Jobs became Steve Jobs as without UNIX as a springboard, we wouldn’t have the MAC’s we have today.

Since I’m paying homage to Ritchie (this is sort of how he is known by us geeks) is in the day when I programmed, and would hit a spot of rough water if you will.  I would stop and ask myself “what would Ritchie do” and  this was all LONG before the thing about “what would Beakham do”.  As you look at Ritchie’s code, it truly is beautiful as in the way of art how he crafted the flow and logic of what became UNIX.  In fact it almost carries with it a musical quality as if one conjures up and image of the code in their mind, closes their eyes they assuredly will hear Mozart playing away…