Wednesday, March 26, 2008

They Really Said That?

They probably wish they hadn't.

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"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." - Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949
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"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." - Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943
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"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
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"But what is it good for?" - Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip.
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"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." - Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp.,1977
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"640K ought to be enough for anybody." - Bill Gates, 1981, commenting on size of RAM in computers

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