"Everything that can be
invented has been invented."
-- Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office
of Patents, 1899.
"Computers in the future
may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."
-- Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless
march of science, 1949
"Never trust a computer
you can't throw out a window."
-- Steven Wozniak, founder of Apple Computer
"640K ought to be enough
-- Bill Gates, 1981
"I think there is a world
market for maybe five computers."
-- Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943
"But what ... is it good
-- 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
"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.
"The next generation of
interesting software will be done on the
Macintosh, not the IBM PC."
-- Bill Gates, Microsoft Chairman, BusinessWeek,
November 26, 1984
"DOS Computers, manufactured
by millions of companies, are by far the
most popular, with about 70 million machines
in use worldwide. Macintosh fans, on the
other hand, may note that cockroaches are
far more numerous than humans, and that numbers
alone do not denote a higher life form."
-- The New York Times, November 26, 1991
"For all the nattering
nabobs of negativism ready to shovel earth
on Apple's grave, let the record state that
the architects responsible for Mr. Bill's
high-tech version of Shangri-La-meets-Seattle
use Macs exclusively. "The plaque should
read, 'The Gates Mansion, designed by Apple,'" says
our man on the Microserf watch."
-- Spencer F. Katt's page on PCWeek on June
"Windows is a paradox.
For all its ubiquity, it has few diehard
fans, unlike its . . . rival, the Macintosh
operating system. Tens of millions use Windows,
but few get excited about it."
-- Walter Mossberg (of The Wall Street Journal)
in the Santa Cruz Sentinal, November 4, 1996.
"The way to succeed is
to double your error rate."
-- Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, undated