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Ken Thompson Quotes

Ken Thompson Quote: “One of my most productive days was throwing away 1,000 lines of code.”
Ken Thompson Quote: “When in doubt, use brute force.”
Ken Thompson Quote: “If you want to go somewhere, goto is the best way to get there.”
Ken Thompson Quote: “You can’t trust code that you did not totally create yourself.”
Ken Thompson Quote: “I think the major good idea in Unix was its clean and simple interface: open, close, read, and write.”
Ken Thompson Quote: “That brings me to Dennis Ritchie. Our collaboration has been a thing of beauty.”
Ken Thompson Quote: “It’s always good to take an orthogonal view of something. It develops ideas.”
Ken Thompson Quote: “The steady state of disks is full.”
Ken Thompson Quote: “A well installed microcode bug will be almost impossible to detect.”
Ken Thompson Quote: “Just think, IBM and DEC in the same room, and we did it.”
Ken Thompson Quote: “We have persistent objects, they’re called files.”
Ken Thompson Quote: “The X server has to be the biggest program I’ve ever seen that doesn’t do anything for you.”
Ken Thompson Quote: “SCCS, the source motel! Programs check in and never check out!”
Ken Thompson Quote: “The average gardener probably knows little about what is going on in his or her garden.”
Ken Thompson Quote: “I wanted to separate data from programs, because data and instructions are very different.”
Ken Thompson Quote: “FORTRAN was the language of choice for the same reason that three-legged races are popular.”
Ken Thompson Quote: “One is that the perfect garden can be created overnight, which it can’t.”
Ken Thompson Quote: “I am a very bottom-up thinker.”
Ken Thompson Quote: “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!”
Ken Thompson Quote: “In college, before video games, we would amuse ourselves by posing programming exercises.”
Ken Thompson Quote: “I wanted to avoid, special IO for terminals.”
Ken Thompson Quote: “There’s a lot of power in executing data – generating data and executing data.”
Ken Thompson Quote: “I view Linux as something that’s not Microsoft-a backlash against Microsoft, no more and no less.”
Ken Thompson Quote: “I wanted to have virtual memory, at least as it’s coupled with file systems.”
Ken Thompson Quote: “In fact, we started off with two or three different shells and the shell had life of its own.”
Ken Thompson Quote: “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.”
Ken Thompson Quote: “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.”
Ken Thompson Quote: “I also have an idea for a book on biodiversity, and why and how we should be conserving it.”
Ken Thompson Quote: “No amount of source-level verification or scrutiny will protect you from using untrusted code.”
Ken Thompson Quote: “It is only the inadequacy of the criminal code that saves the hackers from very serious prosecution.”
Ken Thompson Quote: “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.”
Ken Thompson Quote: “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.”
Ken Thompson Quote: “On the one hand, the press, television, and movies make heroes of vandals by calling them whiz kids.”
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