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1. Gave this classic programming advice, which I still catch people not following (though given the answers so far, maybe I shouldn’t be surprised. )
2. Occasionally writes checks [sic] that are greatly treasured, despite their small nominal value.
And the solution is :
The clue, of course, is the quote:
"Premature optimization is the root of all evil"
He is also known for sending a US$2.56 check to anyone who finds an error in his programming books.