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"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 Inc. undated


"640K ought to be enough for anybody."

-- 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 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


"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 3, 1996


"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

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