quotes I’ve always loved quotes, and I have found that often times, they make you stop for a minute to think about what was really said. I tend to enjoy humorous quotes most, but there are a few serious ones out there that are interesting. Today’s “MyFive” is simply a collection of some of my favorite quotes that relate to computers and technology. If you have a favorite, feel free to share…

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

    To think that there are households out there with more than five computers! It’s amazing to think that the chairman of IBM once thought there wasn’t really going to be a market for computers. Can you imagine a world with only five computers? I can’t.

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

    The fact that this was fairly recent is amusing, simply because at this point, I can’t think of a reason why you wouldn’t want a computer in your home.

  3. Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.” Rich Cook

    No explanation needed. :)

  4. UNIX is basically a simple operating system, but you have to be a genius to understand the simplicity.” Dennis Ritchie

    Any of you agree that you have to be a genius to understand the simplicity of UNIX?

  5. The number one benefit of information technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It lets people learn things they didn’t think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all about potential.” -Steve Ballmer

    I agree 100% with Ballmer here. Technology is amazing and has allowed so many people to learn more than they ever thought was possible. There’s a whole new aspect of creativity that has come about because of it, and it’s really changed the way we learn and what we do.

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There Are 9 Comments

  1. I think Ballmer’s “Developers x 1000″ quote speaks volumes, don’t you think?

    I’ve tried to grasp Unix for many years but it still eludes me. Has anyone tried using Unix whilst high? Does it help?

  2. Number 3 is one of the best quotes I’ve ever heard, ever.

  3. @Ashley:

    I echo with quote #5. Information technology has done so much good to mankind, I don’t imagine our civilization without it. However, I think it could be further focused on helping poor nations to raise their life standards. Africa is a good example.

    CyberNet is doing a lot to promote this area. You and Ryan are doing a wonderful job spreading the word. I read your site at least five to ten times each day. There is always something new. Thanks a lot and Merry Christmas to both of you.

    Regards,

    Omar.-

  4. I love number three and the truth that lies within it! Number four reminded me of another one of my favourite quotes…

    There are two major products that came out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX. We don’t believe this to be a coincidence. :idea:

  5. ‘I can’t think of a reason why you wouldn’t want a computer in your home.”

    I can- price.

    Not that the benefits don’t outweigh the issues, but still.

  6. netster007x wrote:
    Number 3 is one of the best quotes I’ve ever heard, ever.

    I know, I started using it as my signature on the forums a week ago. :)

    > “UNIX is basically a simple operating system, but
    > you have to be a genius to understand the simplicity.”
    > Dennis Ritchie
    Here’s the thing: I think that people are afraid of change and that they don’t want to learn to work with some unknown OS if they already know how to do the same stuff on Windows. Over the course of a year, I’ve noticed how it’s actually easier to use the command line than to use apps with a GUI. It’s just one of these “you gotta see it to believe it” things. That of course doesn’t mean that I prefer a text-based browser over Firefox. :D

  7. These quotes are just great!!! My favorite tech quote has always been:

    “The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.”
    - Warren Bennis (business professor at USC)

    Merry Christmas to you both! Keep up the great work in 2008!

  8. netster007x wrote:
    Number 3 is one of the best quotes I’ve ever heard, ever.

    I thought so too… :)

    epiac1216 wrote:
    @Ashley:

    I echo with quote #5. Information technology has done so much good to mankind, I don’t imagine our civilization without it. However, I think it could be further focused on helping poor nations to raise their life standards. Africa is a good example.

    CyberNet is doing a lot to promote this area. You and Ryan are doing a wonderful job spreading the word. I read your site at least five to ten times each day. There is always something new. Thanks a lot and Merry Christmas to both of you.

    Regards,

    Omar.-

    Wow Omar, thanks for all of the support!

    dan(-: wrote:
    These quotes are just great!!! My favorite tech quote has always been:

    “The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.”
    - Warren Bennis (business professor at USC)

    Merry Christmas to you both! Keep up the great work in 2008!

    That’s another good one!

  9. I don’t know who said it when, but I heard it back in 1980 from my IT expert;

    “If contractors built skyscrapers the way programmers wrote code, the first well fed robin to fly over a city could totally destroy it!”

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