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Articles written in 2009 that Hacker News still talks about.
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2009A brief, incomplete, and mostly wrong history of programming languages (james-iry.blogspot.com)
1765 points across 9 posts | 8 months ago with 64 comments
2009I Fell 15,000 Feet and Lived (uss-la-ca135.org)
1657 points across 2 posts | 1 year ago with 257 comments
2009Keep Your Identity Small (paulgraham.com)
1415 points across 6 posts | 1 year ago with 162 comments
2009Mathematically correct breakfast: How to slice a bagel into two linked halves (georgehart.com)
1351 points across 4 posts | 1 year ago with 111 comments
2009“My wife has complained that OpenOffice will never print on Tuesdays” (bugs.launchpad.net)
996 points across 2 posts | 4 years ago with 207 comments
2009Not Lisp again (funcall.blogspot.com)
915 points across 3 posts | 3 years ago with 124 comments
2009Programmers: Before you turn 40, get a plan B (improvingsoftware.com)
910 points across 3 posts | 4 years ago with 430 comments
2009How not to sort by average rating (evanmiller.org)
858 points across 3 posts | 2 years ago with 82 comments
2009Start all of your commands with a comma (rhodesmill.org)
845 points across 2 posts | 1 year ago with 121 comments
2009There Is No Speed Limit (sivers.org)
837 points across 3 posts | 7 years ago with 2 comments
2009Pythagorean Theorem found on clay tablet 1k years older than Pythagoras (link.springer.com)
830 points | 4 months ago with 235 comments
2009The First Few Milliseconds of an HTTPS Connection (moserware.com)
821 points across 3 posts | 3 years ago with 35 comments
2009A stick figure guide to the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) (moserware.com)
725 points across 5 posts | 2 years ago with 14 comments
2009Maker's schedule, Manager's schedule (paulgraham.com)
706 points across 6 posts | 8 months ago with 72 comments
2009Linus’s rules on keeping Git history clean (mail-archive.com)
688 points across 3 posts | 4 years ago with 65 comments
2009There’s no speed limit (sive.rs)
670 points | 1 year ago with 276 comments
2009Papers every developer should read at least twice (michaelfeathers.silvrback.com)
623 points | 2 years ago with 95 comments
2009Oberon (ignorethecode.net)
618 points across 4 posts | 1 year ago with 143 comments
2009Announcing your plans makes you less motivated to accomplish them (sivers.org)
581 points across 2 posts | 4 years ago with 173 comments
2009Programming Paradigms for Dummies: What Every Programmer Should Know (info.ucl.ac.be)
565 points across 2 posts | 2 years ago with 3 comments
2009What I've Learned from Hacker News (paulgraham.com)
553 points across 4 posts | 2 years ago with 18 comments
2009What typing ^D does on Unix (utcc.utoronto.ca)
536 points | 7 years ago with 156 comments
2009Software Engineering ≠ Computer Science (drdobbs.com)
482 points | 6 years ago with 305 comments
2009Homemade Heat Pump Manifesto (ecorenovator.org)
477 points | 1 year ago with 246 comments
2009A home microhydro plant (ludens.cl)
464 points | 4 years ago with 87 comments
2009The Gervais Principle, or the Office According to “The Office” (ribbonfarm.com)
416 points across 4 posts | 1 year ago with 149 comments
2009Beej's Quick Guide to GDB (beej.us)
415 points across 2 posts | 3 months ago with 29 comments
2009The Most Common Errors in Undergraduate Mathematics (math.vanderbilt.edu)
400 points across 2 posts | 3 years ago with 155 comments
2009“Facebook turned me down” (twitter.com)
388 points | 10 years ago with 191 comments
2009A catalog of wealth-creation mechanisms (blog.rongarret.info)
362 points across 2 posts | 2 years ago with 172 comments
2009Quant Job Interview Questions (math.kent.edu)
358 points | 7 years ago with 145 comments
2009Intel's "cripple AMD" function (agner.org)
356 points | 10 years ago with 124 comments
2009How Porsche hacked the financial system and made a killing (radian.org)
354 points | 12 years ago with 92 comments
2009LMDB: The first version of Redis, written in Tcl (gist.github.com)
349 points across 3 posts | 9 months ago with 64 comments
2009Linux ate my RAM (linuxatemyram.com)
348 points across 3 posts | 4 months ago with 167 comments
2009An Iraqi who saved Norway from oil (web.archive.org)
347 points | 4 years ago with 129 comments
2009An OCR cliche: Into his/her anus (wraabe.wordpress.com)
343 points | 5 years ago with 90 comments
2009How to be a consultant, a freelancer, or an independent contractor (jacquesmattheij.com)
343 points | 7 months ago with 163 comments
2009Divisibility by 7 is a Walk on a Graph (blog.tanyakhovanova.com)
335 points | 8 years ago with 71 comments
2009Why are there 5280 feet in a mile? (petersmagnusson.org)
334 points across 2 posts | 3 years ago with 21 comments
2009Life Is a Ponzi Scheme (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)
330 points | 4 years ago with 293 comments
2009Fuck the Cloud (ascii.textfiles.com)
325 points | 8 years ago with 219 comments
2009A beginner's guide to Big O notation (rob-bell.net)
312 points | 7 years ago with 65 comments
2009Startups in 13 Sentences (paulgraham.com)
306 points | 7 years ago with 78 comments
2009New York Times Election Day Crossword (crosswordunclued.com)
300 points | 8 months ago with 44 comments
200937signals valuation tops $100 billion after bold VC investment (37signals.com)
300 points | 10 years ago with 105 comments
2009The Elves Leave Middle Earth – Sodas Are No Longer Free (steveblank.com)
299 points across 3 posts | 2 months ago with 3 comments
2009Damn Cool Algorithms: Log structured storage (blog.notdot.net)
296 points | 6 years ago with 34 comments
2009LaTeX Coffee Stains (hanno-rein.de)
288 points | 5 years ago with 19 comments
2009Nobody wants to read your shit (stevenpressfield.com)
276 points | 4 years ago with 84 comments
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