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Role Model in Technology.


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Hey guys,

 

Who is your role model in technology? As far as I am concerned, I am a big fan of Dennis Ritchie. He invented C,UNIX and several other technologies that are used today by the likes of Google, Amazon etc. Sadly Dennis passwed away last year but his legacy will live on for a long, long time.

 

What about you? Whom do you idolize in tech world?

 

Bryce

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You'll laugh at this - and I have to say that I don't idolise anyone, least of all anyone in technology - but the two people I respect the most are John Chambers and Clive Sinclair.

 

Clive Sinclair? Yes. I know it sounds weird but he was a totally off-the-wall guy who took insane risks on completely dumb-ass ideas and turned a few of them into absolutely awesome realities. The ZX81 and ZX Spectrum were my first two computers and, despite knowing that I was lying to my parents when I said I wanted one to learn with (GAMES!), I learned to program on them. I learned to read code, how computers worked, how to program, how to type... they were brilliant and SO cheap compared to "real" computers. Sinclair totally opened up the home computing market for me. We'll just ignore the C5...

 

John Chambers? Who? He's the CEO of Cisco. This guy. I worked for Cisco for over seven years (a remarkably long period of time, since most people didn't last more than a few years) and I have never seen a better leader. He's a really nice guy... and I mean that. No bull - he's the sort of chap you can say "Hi John!" to and he'll stop and chat. He used to (I don't know if he still does) walk around the US campus once in a while with an ice cream trolley and give a free ice cream to anyone who could tell him something that sucked at Cisco. He actually KNOWS what people do and what their jobs involve. And when everything turned to poo after 9/11, he took a pay cut to $1 a month just so the company could keep some more staff around instead of making them redundant. Only met him once but he struck me more as a pleasant, smart guy who happens to run a multi-billion-dollar company than an exec.

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Well, things changed quite a bit after 9/11. I felt it lost the fun, family, crazy-passionate feel it had before and turned into Just Another Big Company. It was a dream job before that (for me), though - long hair, jeans and a t-shirt, massive pay (contracting!), learned tons and had a whale of a time, though it was incredibly intense. When I left (for family reasons), it took me THREE MONTHS to catch up on my sleep to a point where I stopped sleeping 10 hours a night...

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Iv'e never had a role model until recently. Back when I was a wee lad I have always wanted to grow up and become someone who develops video games. So out of my own initiative I started to look into programming languages and the like, failing until finally taking courses in school. Then Notch comes along and develops Minecraft which went on to be successful. Now my goal is to make an indie company even more successful than Mojang.

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