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tdv    (2006-12-22)
Computer quotes

Software is slowing faster than hardware is accelerating.  ~Martin Reiser, quoted by Nicklaus Wirth, 1995, which spawned "Grove giveth, and Gates taketh away," author unknown, referring to CEOs of Intel and Microsoft

Some people can hack it, others can't.  ~Author Unknown

The inside of a computer is as dumb as hell but it goes like mad!  ~Richard Feynman

Unix was not designed to stop you from doing stupid things, because that would also stop you from doing clever things.  ~Doug Gwyn

Unix is simple.  It just takes a genius to understand its simplicity.  ~Dennis Ritchie

Unix never says "please."  ~Rob Pike

The Unix philosophy basically involves giving you just enough rope to hang yourself.  And then a couple of feet more, just to be sure.  ~Author Unknown

Unless in communicating with it one says exactly what one means, trouble is bound to result.  ~Alan Turing, about computers

What boots up must come down.  ~Author Unknown

Windows is just DOS in drag.  ~Author Unknown

Computers must be female.  No one but the creator understands their internal logic.  The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else.  The message "Bad command or file name" is about as informative as, "If you don't know why I'm mad at you, then I'm certainly not going to tell you."  Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for later retrieval.  As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.  ~Author Unknown

Computers must be male.  As soon as you commit to one you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have obtained a better model.  In order to get their attention, you have to turn them on.  Big power surges knock them out for the rest of the day.  ~Author Unknown

DOS computers manufactured by companies such as IBM, Compaq, Tandy, and millions of others are by far the most popular, with about 70 million machines in use worldwide.  Macintosh fans, on the other hand, may note that cockroaches are far more numerous than humans, and that numbers alone do not denote a higher life form.  ~Author Unknown

Home is where you hang your @.  ~Author Unknown

To have no errors
Would be life without meaning
No struggle, no joy
~Brian M. Porter, 1998

I wish life had an Undo function.  ~Author Unknown

In a few minutes a computer can make a mistake so great that it would have taken many men many months to equal it.  ~Author Unknown

In the old days, people robbed stagecoaches and knocked off armored trucks.  Now they're knocking off servers.  ~Richard Power

Mac users swear by their computers.  PC users swear at their computers.  ~Author Unknown

Macintosh - we might not get everything right, but at least we knew the century was going to end.  ~Douglas Adams

Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft... and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor.  ~Werner von Braun

Microsoft, where quality is job 1.1.  ~Author Unknown

There are 10 types of people in this world:  those who understand binary and those who don't.  ~Author Unknown

There are three kinds of death in this world.  There's heart death, there's brain death, and there's being off the network.  ~Guy Almes

Windows NT crashed.
I am the Blue Screen of Death.
No one hears your screams.
~Peter Rothman, 1998

Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven.  I don't think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without the talking about the other.  ~Bill Gates

There are two major products that came out of Berkeley:  LSD and UNIX.  We do not believe this to be a coincidence.  ~Jeremy S. Anderson

Stay the patient course
Of little worth is your ire
The network is down
~David Ansel, 1998

There is a computer disease that anybody who works with computers knows about.  It's a very serious disease and it interferes completely with the work.  The trouble with computers is that you 'play' with them!  ~Richard P. Feynman

There is only one satisfying way to boot a computer.  ~J.H. Goldfuss

Those parts of the system that you can hit with a hammer (not advised) are called hardware; those program instructions that you can only curse at are called software.  ~Author Unknown

I regularly read Internet user groups filled with messages from people trying to solve software incompatibility problems that, in terms of complexity, make the U.S. Tax Code look like Dr. Seuss.  ~Dave Barry

A file that big?
It might be very useful.
But now it is gone.
~David J. Liszewski, 1998

Apathy Error:  Don't bother striking any key.  ~Author Unknown

At least my pencil never crashes!  ~Author Unknown

Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.  ~John F. Kennedy

RAM disk is not an installation procedure.  ~Author Unknown

The attention span of a computer is only as long as its power cord.  ~Author Unknown

The best way to accelerate a Macintosh is at 9.8m/sec/sec.  ~Marcus Dolengo

The most overlooked advantage to owning a computer is that if they foul up, there's no law against whacking them around a little.  ~Eric Porterfield

Industry executives and analysts often mistakenly talk about strategy as if it were some kind of chess match.  But in chess, you have just two opponents, each with identical resources, and with luck playing a minimal role.  The real world is much more like a poker game, with multiple players trying to make the best of whatever hand fortune has dealt them.  In our industry, Bill Gates owns the table until someone proves otherwise.  ~David Moschella

Yesterday it worked
Today it is not working
Windows is like that
~Margaret Segall, 1998

The question of whether computers can think is just like the question of whether submarines can swim.  ~Edsger W. Dijkstra

The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.  ~Sydney J. Harris

A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.  ~Mitch Ratcliffe

Back up my hard drive?  How do I put it in reverse?  ~Author Unknown

Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don't need to be done.  ~Andy Rooney

Don't anthropomorphize computers - they hate it.  ~Author Unknown

Hardware:  the parts of a computer that can be kicked.  ~Jeff Pesis

I haven't lost my mind; I have a tape back-up somewhere.  ~Author Unknown

I just wish my mouth had a backspace key.  ~Author Unknown

Spreadsheet:  a kind of program that lets you sit at your desk and ask all kinds of neat "what if?" questions and generate thousands of numbers instead of actually working.  ~Dave Barry, Claw Your Way to the Top

Don't explain computers to laymen.  Simpler to explain sex to a virgin.  ~Robert A. Heinlein

If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker that came along would destroy civilization.  ~One of Murphy's Laws of Technology

If it draws blood, it's hardware.  ~Author Unknown

In God we trust, all others we virus scan.  ~Author Unknown

It's not computer literacy that we should be working on, but sort of human-literacy.  Computers have to become human-literate.  ~Nicholas P. Negroponte

Rebooting is a wonder drug - it fixes almost everything.  ~Garrett Hazel, "Help Desk Blues," 2002

Database:  the information you lose when your memory crashes.  ~Dave Barry, Claw Your Way to the Top

Three things are certain:
Death, taxes, and lost data.
Guess which has occurred.
~David Dixon, 1998, winning entry of the Haiku Error Messages 21st Challenge by Charlie Varon and Jim Rosenau, sponsored by

Computers, huh?  I've heard it all boils down to just a bunch of ones and zeroes.... I don't know how that enables me to see naked women, but however it works, God bless you guys.  ~From the television show King of Queens (may not be exact wording), spoken by the character Doug Heffernan

After growing wildly for years, the field of computing appears to be reaching its infancy.  ~John Pierce

Hardware:  where the people in your company's software section will tell you the problem is.  Software:  where the people in your company's hardware section will tell you the problem is.  ~Dave Barry, Claw Your Way to the Top

But they are useless.  They can only give you answers.  ~Pablo Picasso, about computers

Computers have lots of memory but no imagination.  ~Author Unknown

Chaos reigns within.
Reflect, repent, and reboot.
Order shall return.
~Suzie Wagner, 1998

As network administrator I can take down the network with one keystroke.  It's just like being a doctor but without getting gooky stuff on my paws.  ~Scott Adams ("Dogbert")

If you have any trouble sounding condescending, find a Unix user to show you how it's done.  ~Scott Adams

Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog.  ~Doug Larson

If computers get too powerful, we can organize them into committees.  That'll do them in.  ~Author Unknown

The problem with troubleshooting is that trouble shoots back.  ~Author Unknown

Never let a computer know you're in a hurry.  ~Author Unknown

To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer.  ~Farmer's Almanac, 1978

Treat your password like your toothbrush.  Don't let anybody else use it, and get a new one every six months.  ~Clifford Stoll

User, n.  The word computer professionals use when they mean "idiot."  ~Dave Barry

Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.  ~Edsger W. Dijkstra

Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy.  ~Joseph Campbell

Computing is not about computers any more.  It is about living.  ~Nicholas Negroponte

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