"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.
"640 k ought to be enough for anybody" Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft, 1981
"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 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.'"
Steve Jobs, cofounder of Apple Computer
"Reach out and grep someone."
Bell Labs Unix
"UNIX is basically a simple operating system, but you have to be a genius to understand the simplicity."
"The only secure computer is one that's unplugged, locked in a safe, and buried 20 feet under the ground in a secret location... and I'm not even too sure about that one"
Dennis Huges, FBI
"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 "But what... is it good for?"
Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip.
"Hey, I know this. This is Unix!"
""f u cn rd ths, u cn gt a gd jb n cmptr prgrmmng"
"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."
Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949
"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 fad that won't last out the year."
The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957
"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp, 1977
"Hardware, The parts of a computer system that can be kicked."
The Devil's Dictionary to Computer Studios
"The world is coming to an end. Please log off."
Posix 2.1.1 System Shutdown Message
"BUG,n.: An undesirable , poorly-understood undocumented feature."
The Devil's Dictionary to Computer
"Random Schack Data Processing Dictionary"
Endless Loop: n.,see Loop, Endless. Loop Endless: n.,see Endless Loop.