View Full Version : Some real computer history! Famous last words.

26-03-2002, 08:29 PM
Things they wish they hadn't said. (It's generally a bad idea to say something can't or won't be done).

Wild Predictions:

'Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.' - Popular Mechanics,
forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949.

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

'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 a fad that won't last out
the year.' -- The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957.

'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.

'640K ought to be enough for anybody.' -- Attributed to Bill Gates, 1981, but
believed to be an urban legend.


Billy 8-{)