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SubjectRe: Microsoft and Xenix.
Rob Landley wrote:
>
> On Monday 25 June 2001 11:13, you wrote:
>
> > 1937 claude shannon A Symbolic Analysis of Relay and Switching Circuits,"
> >
> > 1948 claude shannon A mathematical theory of information.
> >
> > without those you're kind in trouble on the computing front...
>
> Yeah, I know I've bumped into that name (and probably taken notes) somewhere.
> Hmmm... Might be from "Where wizards stay up late", or might have been an
> article linked from slashdot... (I don't THINK it was mentioned in
> "Hackers"... Rodents, where was the reference... Crystal fire? That's
> mostly hardware. Accidental Empries? Doesn't sound right... Can't have
> been "Fire in the valley" because I haven't read that yet, it's still sitting
> on the bookshelf. Not soul of a new machine, that's post-digital Equipment
> Corporation...)
>
> I THINK that's in the set of notes that's on the box that's not hooked up
> right now... (Shortage of monitors at home.)
>
> This was the dude who decided to apply a binary and boolean approach to
> electronic computation, right? I KNOW I've read some stuff about him... late
> last year?
>
> Now I remember. Slashdot linked to his obituary:

Shannon was one of the clearest thinkers of the 20th century, and yet
his name is hardly known outside his own field. Within his field he is
respected at the level of, say, Newton. It was a real loss to mankind
when he died a few months back.

Regards,
Steve
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