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07-19-2006, 08:04 AM
"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

"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

"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

"This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us."
--Western Union internal memo, 1876.

"The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?"
--David Sarnoff's associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s.

"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?"
--H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927.

"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible."
--Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895.

From: Freeland Abbott <freeland>
A one-question geek test. If you get the joke, you're a geek: Seen on a VW Beetle's California license plate: "FEATURE".

"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out." --Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.

"So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we'll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we'll come work for you.' And they said, 'No.' So then we went to Hewlett-Packard and they said, 'Hey, we don't need you. You haven't got through college yet.'"
--Apple Computer Inc. founder Steve Jobs on attempts to get Atari and H-P interested in his and Steve Wozniak's personal computer.

"640K ought to be enough for anybody."
-- Bill Gates, 1981

Steve Bellovin, co-founder of USENET while grad student at UNC in '79:
"We estimated a maximum size of 100 sites, and 1-2 articles a day, net-wide...you couldn't read things out of order. The goal there (and in many other spots) was to have software free of databases. Instead, we chose to let the file system do the work."

The only "intuitive" interface is the nipple. After that, it's all learned.
-Bruce Ediger, bediger@teal.csn.org, in comp.os.linux.misc, on X interfaces.

07-19-2006, 08:57 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote wolfdancer:</font><hr>
A one-question geek test. If you get the joke, you're a geek: Seen on a VW Beetle's California license plate: "FEATURE".<hr /></blockquote>

Ok, so I'm a geek.

07-19-2006, 09:07 AM
I'm not...and was hoping someone would let me in on the joke

07-19-2006, 09:10 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote wolfdancer:</font><hr> ...let me in on the joke<hr /></blockquote>"It's not a bug, it's a feature!"

An oft-quoted comment when something is behaving differently than expected.

07-19-2006, 09:19 AM
Thanks !!!

07-19-2006, 09:38 AM
"640K ought to be enough for anybody."
-- Bill Gates, 1981 <hr /></blockquote> LOL, this is great. Anyone think Vista will run on 640k. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif