It's primitive; it's dumb (FURTHER? not so far)
Adam C. Emerson
aemerson at atdot.org
Wed Jul 7 19:37:39 EST 1999
In comp.lang.forth Bill Zimmerly <billz at inlink.com> wrote:
> The world is full of evidence to the contrary, the Xerox Parc example that I
> provided being but one. Do you need more? Here are the documented opinions
> of other men such as yourself. Brilliant and educated men who were proven to
> be simply wrong in their pronouncements of pursuits that are of no value...
> "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
> "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.
> "Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?" - H.M. Warner, Warner
> Brothers, 1927.
> "We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out." - Decca
> Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.
> "Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible." - Lord Kelvin,
> president, Royal Society, 1895.
Sure, many great ideas were rejected by great and knowlegeable
people, but many more stupid ideas were rejected, they just don't
get as much press.
Don't forget: "They laughed at Einstein. They laughed at the Wright
Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown." (Carl Sagan)
Adam C. Emerson aemerson at atdot.org
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