Italian MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli died after a crash during the Malaysian Grand Prix – at the same circuit which he clinched the 250cc world title in 2008.
It’s a sorrow week for motorsports. British driver Dan Wheldon also lost his life in an IndyCar accident in Las Vegas last weekend. Rest in peace.
Computer scientist Dennis Ritchie has died after prolong illness. He was 70.
The American was the creator of C programming language and a key developer of the Unix operation system. His name probably won’t ring a bell to most, but those who knows about computer science will understand the significance of his legacy. To simply put, his work provides the fundamentals of today’s information technology – in computers, data centres, websites, smartphones etc. Without Ritchie we probably won’t have Apple or Google at the first place.
The pic above shows Ritchie (centre) receiving the National Medal of Technology – the highest honour for technologists in the US – from President Bill Clinton in 1999. To his right is Ken Thompson, equally influential pioneer in computer science.
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has died of pancreatic cancer on October 5. He was 56.
I have never bought any Apple products, but pretty accustomed to it as all my siblings are Apple fans. Collectively we have three iPhones, five iPads, a couple of iMacs and at least half a dozen of iPods (new and old).
I’m not sure if it’s right to describe Jobs as a GREAT. He made some cool stuffs but to be frank his innovations are more of luxuries instead of necessities. That being said, he changed the lives for those who are lucky enough to afford the items. And the world has indeed became a bit more interesting because of his presence. RIP.
Former SG Wannabe member Chae Dong-ha, 29, was found dead on Friday morning, presumed to have committed suicide according to early investigation.
The news came as another shock for the Koreans – just a few days after the suicide-death of a TV announcer.
SG Wannabe was one of Korea’s most popular pop groups before Chae decided to part way to pursue his solo career in 2008. The reformed SG Wannabe ain’t as popular as it used to be; and Chae’s solo plan was hardly a success unfortunately.
The exact reason for his suicide is still unknown. It’s revealed (by his agent) that he had a depression record when he was still in SG Wannabe though. Regardless, RIP.