I have been very fortunate to be in information technology through one of its largest growth curves. I came out of college with a B.S. in electronic engineering in the early 80s (hate to admit it, but it is good experience) and joined organizations where their IT group grew exponentially. One example was in the early 90s. I joined a major shipping company and saw the IT department grow from around 400 to 3,000 in less than five years.

With this explosive growth in the industry came a lot of rapid changes – only change was constant. I started programming at Bell Telephone Laboratories when I was in college using c-language and was fortunate to meet Kernighan and Ritchie (it’s inventors). They had created the language to build one of the worlds most powerful operating systems (UNIX) – it is still one of the few operating systems that does not have viruses and has withstood the test of time.

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