The founder and chairman of the international giant Oracle, Larry Ellison is one of the most inspiring figures in tech. Ellison went to high school in Chicago's middle-class South Side before attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He dropped out during the second year of his college after his mother passed away. He tried college again later at the University of Chicago but dropped out again after only one semester. He moved to Berkeley, California – near the future Silicon Valley, the place where the burgeoning tech industry was taking off, in 1966.
He took multiple jobs, including stints at companies like Wells Fargo and the mainframe manufacturer Amdahl, and learned his computer and programming skills. He then worked for the electronics company Ampex, which had a contract to build a database for the CIA codenamed "Oracle."
Ellison and partners Bob Miner and Ed Oates founded a new company, Software Development Laboratories in 1977. The company started with $2,000 of funding, $1,200 of which came out of Ellison's own pocket. In 2014, Ellison officially stepped down as Oracle CEO, handing control over to Hurd and Katz. At that time, Ellison held the title of fifth-richest person in the world.
Oracle is going through a transition. It was slow to adopt the cloud technology that is so popular in Oracle's crucial enterprise market, though it's made more aggressive moves recently. The upstart Amazon Web Services, for instance, is stealing Oracle customers away at an alarming pace.
10 September, 2008: The Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, described as the biggest scientific experiment in history, was powered up in Geneva, Switzerland.
11 September, 2001: In an unprecedented, highly coordinated attack, terrorists hijacked four U.S. passenger airliners, flying two into the World Trade Centre towers in New York and one into the Pentagon, killing thousands. The fourth airliner, headed towards Washington likely to strike the White House or Capitol, was crashed just over 100 miles away in Pennsylvania after passengers stormed the cockpit and overtook the hijackers.
12 September, 1974: Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia, was deposed by an army coup after 44 years as ruler.
13 September, 1956: IBM introduced the RAMAC 305, first commercial computer with a hard drive that uses magnetic disk storage, weighs over a ton.
14 September, 1997: World’s first practical helicopter, the VS-300 designed by Igor Sikorsky took (tethered) flight in Stratford, Connecticut.
15 September, 1897: Scottish bacteriologist Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin while studying influenza.
The largest island in the world, Greenland, was discovered by Europeans around 982, although it had been settled up to 3000 years before then by hunters from North America. Although settled by Norwegians in the 10th century, the island passed to Denmark after the union of the Norse and Danish crowns. From the 18th century until the 1950s, Greenland was run by the Royal Greenland Trading Company, being absorbed then into the Kingdom of Denmark until achieving home rule in 1979. The island remains a self-governing part of the kingdom. Greenland’s flag was the winning entry in a locally held competition, and was officially adopted in 1985. The red and white of Denmark have been retained but now depict a far-northern scene, with the white of the flag representing the inland ice and icebergs, and the red deouctubg the sunrise and sunset.
Perhaps the best word/phrase you can learn to show your willingness to learn is the old and faithful ‘thank you’. Saying a simple thank you can mean a lot to the recipient. Here’s a list of 30 different ways to be grateful in different languages.