[TUHS] Fred Brooks died
marc.donner at gmail.com
Mon Nov 28 21:39:48 AEST 2022
In 1980 I applied to grad schools, including UNC. I had read "The Mythical
Man-Month" by then, so I was floored one day sitting in my office when the
phone rang and I heard, "This is Fred Brooks." I visited UNC where I saw
the famous row of clocks that Steve Bellovin mentions in his memorial
post. The "System 360 Principles of Operation" remains one of the most
important pieces of writing in computer history, in my opinion, because it
dominated the hardware and established the principle that an architecture
ensures software execution.
On Sun, Nov 27, 2022 at 4:00 PM <arnold at skeeve.com> wrote:
> I found two typos in the 25th anniversary edition of the book. I used
> finger to find his postal address and sent him a letter. He replied with
> a nice thank you email. One of them had been in the book since it was
> first published!
> Clem Cole <clemc at ccc.com> wrote:
> > He was a Unix (and UUCP) fan and also an early Masscomp customer. Let's
> > say I was a tad in awe when I was answering his questions when he came on
> > a factory visit. But he was cool when I asked him if I could go back to
> > office and get his book so he could sign it. I think he was pleased to
> > a then young professional have it in his office.
> > ᐧ
> > On Sun, Nov 27, 2022 at 3:19 PM Dave Horsfall <dave at horsfall.org> wrote:
> > > On Sun, 27 Nov 2022, John P. Linderman wrote:
> > >
> > > > We all probably read, and profited from, "The Mythical Man Month".
> > >
> > > Posted to COFF a week ago, as I didn't think that it was Unix-y...
> > >
> > > -- Dave
> > >
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