"Don't Quote Me, But..."

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Say What?

A little diversion from color stuff...

When it comes to computers and technology, history has proved that some otherwise very intelligent people have said some very unintelligent things. Here is a list, in no particular order, of some of my favorites...

"Computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and perhaps only weigh 1 1/2 tons."
Popular Mechanics, 1949

"But what... is it good for?"
Engineer at 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

"How could this be a problem in a country where we have Intel and Microsoft?"
Al Gore on Y2K

"640K ought to be enough for anybody."

Bill Gates, 1981

"Home taping is killing music"
A 1980s campaign by the BPI, claiming that people recording music off the radio
onto cassette would destroy the music industry.

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

"Everything that can be invented, has been invented."
Charles H. Duell, commissioner, US Office of Patents, 1899

"Who... wants to hear actors talk?"

H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927

"Get your feet off my desk, get out of here, you stink, and we're not going to buy your product."

Joe Keenan, President of Atari, in 1976 responding to Steve Jobs' offer to sell him rights to the new personal computer he and Steve Wozniak just developed.

"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.

"The internet is a great way to get on the net."
Senator Bob Dole

"The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty - a fad."
The president of the Michigan Savings Bank advising Henry Ford’s lawyer, Horace Rackham, not to invest in the Ford Motor Co., 1903

"During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the internet."

Al Gore describing his 1986 legislation to interconnect five supercomputer centers (17 years after the first internet servers are hooked up)

"The day I made that statement, I was tired because I'd been up all night inventing the camcorder."
Al Gore attempting damage control.

"The internet? Is that thing still around?"
Homer Simpson

"Mark, you have to wait at least 20 minutes before you go in the water, or you will cramp up!"
My Mom at Pike Lake in 1973 right after I ate my lunch

Okay, that last one had nothing to do with technology, but it was just as dumb as all the others.


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