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1985Byte Magazine: Declarative Languages (archive.org)
1246 points across 11 posts | 1 year ago with 52 comments
1983Byte Magazine: The C Programming Language (archive.org)
1245 points across 11 posts | 1 year ago with 275 comments
1988What not to write on your security clearance form (milk.com)
1061 points across 2 posts | 1 year ago with 545 comments
1982Negative 2000 Lines of Code (folklore.org)
978 points across 2 posts | 1 year ago with 166 comments
1985Feynman: I am burned out and I'll never accomplish anything (asc.ohio-state.edu)
915 points | 3 years ago with 276 comments
1984Byte Magazine Special Issue: Smalltalk (archive.org)
811 points across 9 posts | 1 year ago with 113 comments
1987Byte Magazine: Prolog and 386 Hardware Software (archive.org)
811 points across 9 posts | 1 year ago with 8 comments
1988Let's Build a Compiler (compilers.iecc.com)
611 points across 3 posts | 4 months ago with 14 comments
1989Why is electricity so hard to understand? (amasci.com)
556 points across 2 posts | 3 years ago with 145 comments
1988Xmas.c (udel.edu)
544 points | 4 months ago with 92 comments
1989Rob Pike’s Rules of Programming (users.ece.utexas.edu)
466 points | 6 months ago with 258 comments
1983The Story of Mel (cs.utah.edu)
443 points | 1 year ago with 166 comments
1981Will cable TV be invaded by commercials? (nytimes.com)
440 points across 2 posts | 4 years ago with 354 comments
1982Why numbering should start at zero (cs.utexas.edu)
439 points across 4 posts | 4 years ago with 220 comments
1985Playboy Interview: Steve Jobs (reprints.longform.org)
439 points across 2 posts | 4 years ago with 99 comments
1988The Awk Programming Language (archive.org)
415 points | 7 years ago with 103 comments
1986People Simply Empty Out (lettersofnote.com)
399 points | 4 years ago with 226 comments
1981How does a gas pump know to shut itself off? (straightdope.com)
384 points | 3 years ago with 390 comments
1985The result would be a catastrophe (lettersofnote.com)
381 points | 8 years ago with 187 comments
1985The Parable of the Two Programmers (csd.uwo.ca)
381 points | 9 years ago with 160 comments
1983New UNIX implementation (groups.google.com)
370 points | 10 years ago with 159 comments
1988The Awk Programming Language (ia802309.us.archive.org)
370 points | 6 years ago with 207 comments
1981Starting FORTH (forth.com)
358 points across 5 posts | 1 year ago with 23 comments
1983A Story About ‘Magic' (catb.org)
358 points across 3 posts | 1 year ago with 35 comments
1986Hacker’s Manifesto (phrack.org)
354 points across 2 posts | 4 years ago with 1 comments
1986Programmers At Work: Bill Gates (programmersatwork.wordpress.com)
348 points across 2 posts | 10 years ago with 175 comments
1985Programming as Theory Building (pages.cs.wisc.edu)
342 points across 2 posts | 4 years ago with 11 comments
1985Xerox PARC’s engineers on how they invented the future and Xerox lost it (spectrum.ieee.org)
336 points across 2 posts | 1 year ago with 114 comments
1987Nuclear War Survival Skills (oism.org)
334 points | 6 years ago with 213 comments
1988The Crypto Anarchist Manifesto (groups.csail.mit.edu)
330 points | 6 years ago with 134 comments
1987Students flee field as computer 'fad fades' (pessimistsarchive.substack.com)
327 points | 2 years ago with 381 comments
1981Design Principles Behind Smalltalk (cs.virginia.edu)
321 points across 4 posts | 2 years ago with 80 comments
1982Report on an Unidentified Space Station (geosci.uchicago.edu)
320 points across 2 posts | 1 year ago with 84 comments
1981Changing San Francisco Is Foreseen as a Haven for Wealthy and Childless (nytimes.com)
318 points across 2 posts | 5 years ago with 109 comments
1987Higher Math for Beginners (archive.org)
315 points | 2 years ago with 89 comments
1985Bumper Sticker Computer Science (bowdoin.edu)
312 points across 2 posts | 5 years ago with 49 comments
1986Why Read the Classics? (nybooks.com)
310 points | 5 years ago with 160 comments
1986Unix Recovery Legend (ee.ryerson.ca)
306 points across 2 posts | 3 years ago with 97 comments
1982The Byzantine Generals Problem (lamport.azurewebsites.net)
290 points across 2 posts | 4 years ago with 56 comments
1984The World is Built on Probability (archive.org)
290 points | 1 year ago with 91 comments
1980Byte Magazine: The Forth Language (archive.org)
285 points across 3 posts | 1 year ago with 89 comments
1989Richard Feynman and the Connection Machine (longnow.org)
280 points across 2 posts | 2 years ago with 49 comments
1989Richard Feynman and the Connection Machine (longnow.org)
279 points across 2 posts | 5 years ago with 33 comments
1987The Tao of Programming (mit.edu)
269 points | 3 years ago with 63 comments
1986You and Your Research (cs.virginia.edu)
268 points across 2 posts | 1 year ago with 90 comments
1984Window System X (talisman.org)
263 points | 2 years ago with 164 comments
1983The Theory of Relational Databases (web.cecs.pdx.edu)
261 points | 5 years ago with 24 comments
1985Playboy Interview: Steve Jobs (longform.org)
253 points | 9 years ago with 148 comments
1983CIA Doc on Time Travel, Consciousness, and Existence of the Absolute (cia.gov)
248 points across 2 posts | 5 years ago with 76 comments
1986For every 1% increase in the number of lawyers, economic growth falls 3% (sciencedirect.com)
248 points | 3 years ago with 89 comments
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