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Thoughts of an elder writer-in-progress


on June 14, 2011

1949–  ” Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.”   (Popular Mechanics–forecasting the relentless march of  science)

1943 — “I think there is a world market for maybe 5 computers.”  (Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM)

1957-  “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.”  (Editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall)

1968-  “But what is it good for?”  (Engineer at Advanced Computing Systems Divison of IBM commenting on the microchip)

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

1876-   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)

1920s-  “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.)

1962- “We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.”  (Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles)

1899- “Everything that can be invented has been invented.”     (Charles H Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents)

1981- “640K ought to be enough for anybody.”   Bill Gates


3 responses to “AU CONTRAIRE. . .

  1. Heather says:

    And we just keep making those kinds of statements…..I wonder what we’ll be using in 30 years that we’re mocking now!

  2. Our lack of foresight has been laughable… or scary, depending on your perspective. I remember thinking 1 MB of memory was an awesome upgrade and wouldn’t have been able to conceive of 1 GB!

  3. This is a brilliant selection 🙂 Really made us all laugh 😀

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