some cool (?) computer quotes

Courtesy various friends and internet activists - hope you're all flattered by me quoting your quotes?



----"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."
Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949.

----"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.

---- "Remember HAL shift-right 1 = IBM."
Neal Tvedt
(HAL was the computer with a mind of its own in 2001 - a Space Odyssey)

----"I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last out the year."
The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957.

----"Nu är det sagt så, och då är det så, och då är det det som gäller"
Löjtnant Holm

----"Why is it that these application developers insist on using the framework? Why can't they do what we do; lean back and admire the beautiful  indentation?"
Peter Back, on first delivery of the eonworx foundation (fall 2000)

----"But what ... is it good for?"
Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip.

----"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977.

----"Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage, and those who manage what they do not understand."
Putt's Law

----"DOS addresses only 1 Megabyte of RAM because we cannot imagine any applications needing more."
Microsoft, 1980, on the development of DOS

----"Windows NT addresses 2 Gigabytes of RAM which is more than any application will ever need"
Microsoft, 1992, on the development of Windows NT

----"Of course, part of what we're seing here at Comdex is a strong message: We believe OS/2 is the platform for the 90's"
Bill Gates, Comdex 1990.

----"Windows NT 3.5 is not designed to route packets. . .so your Internet Service Provider cannot be a Windows NT 3.5 box."
Microsoft, 1995, on Win NT RAS  (didn't they say NT would take over the Internet?)

----"...Unix, MS-DOS, and Windows NT (also known as the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly)."
Matt Welsh

----"UNIX is user-friendly ... it's just selective about who its friends are!!"
Anonymous UNIX wit

----"Of course Java will succeed! How could it not? There's not a damn new thing in it!"
James Gosling

----"Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already  tomorrow in Australia."
Charles Schultz

----"The Word Processor's Rule: Nothing highlights a document as much as a failure in the spele checker"
Arild Jensen

----"Boxology: The art of connecting boxes with arrows"
Philippe Kruchten

----"Every Computer Scientist Should Go Meta At Least Once In Their Life"
Dave Thomas

----"The UNIX Guru's View of Sex:
$ unzip; strip; touch; finger; mount; fsck; more; yes; umount; sleep"
Jeremy D. Zawodny

----"Those who say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it."
John Dromgoole

----Not much to do with programming, but a profound statement if ever I saw one...

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