The father of GUI, ethernet and many more things

Another father of computer era has gone, sigh! I was reading on QuickLoox

Chuck Thacker
Chuck Thacker (from Wikipedia)

Charles P. Thacker (“Chuck” to those who knew him), who helped pioneer many aspects of the personal computer, and who was awarded the 2009 ACM A.M. Turing Award in recognition of his pioneering design and realization of the first modern personal computer, and for his contributions to Ethernet and the tablet computer, died Monday, June 12, at the age of 74, after a brief illness.

Thacker spent the 1970s and 1980s at PARC. During this period, he served as leader of the project that developed the Xerox Alto personal computer system, the first computer designed from the ground up to support an operating system based on a graphical user interface. The hardware of the Alto, introduced in 1973, was designed mostly by Thacker, with Lampson developing its software.

Xerox Alto with portrait monitor
Xerox Alto with portrait monitor

In 1983, Thacker was part of the group of computer scientists led by Robert Taylor (manager of PARC‘s Computer Science Laboratory) that left PARC to found the Systems Research Center (SRC) of Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC). During his tenure there as a corporate consultant engineer, Thacker developed Firefly, one of the first multiprocessor workstation systems.

… (bold are  mine, NdLupus)

His advice for young computer scientists: “Try to be broad. Learn more math, learn more physics.” He stressed the importance in cross-specialty projects to motivate teammates. “I’ve been fairly successful at what I call ‘Tom Sawyering’; it’s the idea that if you want to get your fence painted, you trade something of value with the people with whom you work. You have to be committed to their success as well as your own.”

Conclusions drawn

I think that learning math, physics and generally be more scientific  it’s a plus of our life even if we, due to life background, work in other fields.

Thanks for all and hope your life could inspire many other generations.

A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift

Yesterday I was reading my preferred online Italian journal Il Post and if you know Italian it’s a great resource. Specifically this article and related comments caught my eyes due to the Italian folks problems related to their localist point of view. Indeed seems that some majors of Liguria region don’t like low cost tourists; they says it isn’t useful to improve the quality of local tourism and the overall Liguria image.

I don’t want to talk about this, my purpose with this blog is to acquire as much knowledge as possible and the pill is about the pamphlet of J. Swift named A Modest Proposal.

Credits: Wikipedia

Actually the full title is A Modest Proposal For preventing the Children of Poor People From being a Burthen to Their Parents or Country, and For making them Beneficial to the Publick and it’s a satirical essay that explain how the “impoverished Irish might ease their economic troubles by selling their children as food for rich gentlemen and ladies” (from Wikipedia).

The essay is impressive! It could be intended in a number of way and surely the satirical point of view is very interesting. But more interesting for me is how it explain that sometimes we go trough illogical schemes trying to solve problems that otherwise we cannot deal with.

Indeed the author says that the most easy way to solve a couple of problem like economics troubles for the poor and new kind of food for the rich is the the first can sell their children to the second! It’s incredible that no other person thought before!

Conclusions drawn

I think in the same way of my father: there is only two way to do somethings! The first is to do nothing, the second is to do the thing as our best possibilities, focusing on the cause of the problem and on it’s solution.
So next time you have to deal with a problem please, stop for a minute and thinks: I really want to solve the problem or I need a backdoor to run away from it?

Hello world!

Hi folks, welcome! Hello World – as you probably know – is the first post of a fresh WordPress installation and obviously is also the first post of this kind of blog left here ’cause I have no reason to delete it 🙂

Image courtesy of Viktor Larsson