Seriously though, it is easy to see why Marc has done so well.
edit: I wonder how many similar postings exist from people who did not end up changing the world.
There may be one or two change-the-world posts mixed in there as well.
Still spot on today :)
Made me chuckle, and then kind of sad since this is still standard practice for a lot of people I know.
I'm not sure if it was ever confirmed, but the evidence was reasonable.
Things were a little different back then. ;-)
People copy what works
don't agree that WhatsApp and oculus rift have "changed the world" ...yet.
I was working on a project like that over winter break, but had to put it on hiatus.
This article makes me sad, because it is easy to find posts by Chris Schefler, who along with Thomas Leavitt founded Web Communications, the world's first private web hosting service. Before WebCom, if you wanted to have a web page, you needed your own server with an Internet connection - or a good friend with those.
Chris and Thomas had lots of questions about the HTTP protocol, apache, Solaris and so on.
They eventually sold WebCom to their direct competitor, Verio. Chris got $4,500,000.00 out of it, and retired young. I only saw him once after that, out in the Santa Cruz Mountains, riding a mountain bike with a friend.
Chris was later brought by the police - in handcuffs - to a psychiatric hospital, but was turned away as "not sick enough to hospitalize". The very next day he shot himself in the head.
I myself have quite a severe mental illness - Bipolar Type Schizoaffective Disorder. It is somewhat like being manic depressive and schizophrenic at the same time.
There are all manner of social workers, case managers and the like who have urged me to go on the disability check, get into subsidized housing and so on. The specific reason I always refuse is that I am - for the most part - well enough to take care of myself.
There are plenty of people who are not. I don't want to take the resources away from them.
There is a case manager at my mental health clinic whose job it is to fetch prescription medicine from the pharmacy then hand-deliver it to us clients. I asked her not to do that and said "I don't want you to do for me what I can do for myself". However she kept fetching my medicine for me; as a result I request a written prescription from my shrink, so I can fill it myself, with money I earn myself.
We overwhelming voted for case-sensitive, so that's what he implemented.
He later claimed that BFS did not need a filesystem consistently check tool; with its journaling, he said it was simply not possible to screw up the filesystem.
I owned two BeOS computers back then - one a PowerPC mac, the other a Pentium II box that I built myself. I powered off one with the intention of removing its external SCSI drive, but cluelessly detached the drive from the box that was still powered on.
In a panic, I plugged the cable back on. Rather oddly, most of the filesystem was just fine, but other parts were totally brain-damaged.
I reported this on the bedevtalk list. Dominic personally apologize. A few months later, Be released a filesystem tool.