Sunday, November 25, 2012

Eat your words, please

1. "640K ought to be enough for anybody."  -- Bill Gates, 1981

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

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

4. "I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and walked 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

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

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

7. "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.

8. "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.

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