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[ih] RIP Danny Cohen
I need to correct what I wrote below due to faulty memory. Danny's
article "On Holy Wars and a Plea for Peace" was published in IEEE
Computer for October, 1981. As John Gilmore noted here, it appeared
earlier as IEN 137 dated 1 April 1980.
Perhaps the IEN series picked up the RFC tradition of amusing April 1
notes (the first one I saw for the RFC series was RFC748, Telnet
randomly-lose option. M.R. Crispin. 1 April 1978, by another author we
lost too soon). Danny's article was certainly amusing but also
On Tue, 13 Aug 2019, Stephen Casner wrote:
> On Tue, 13 Aug 2019, Ross Callon wrote:
> > I am of course aware of his very significant technical
> > work. However, I remember him best for his superb humor. I still
> > have a copy of his "The world according to Finnegan", which is a
> > collection of his humorous works. Like most good humor, it is of
> > course entirely correct and offers a unique insight into the
> > world. I will re-read it and be thankful to have known him.
> And in particular, "On Holy Wars and a Plea for Peace", originally
> published in Datamation, that gave us the terms little-endian and
> big-endian to describe bit- and byte-ordering.
> -- Steve