Man Without Qualities

Friday, March 12, 2004

They Got Rich Anyway

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
-Thomas Watson,
Chairman of IBM, 1943

"640K ought to be enough for anybody."
-Bill Gates, 1981

But see. Could this be an example of Bill Gates coming to terms with a defining parameter of modern journalism:

One can either agree to be interviewed and then misquoted, or refuse to be interviewed and then misinterpreted. There is no third choice.

"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."
-Popular Mechanics, 1949

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
- Ken Olson, founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977

"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?" --H.M. Warner, Warner
Brothers, 1927.

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