Bill gates once said.... "I don't know why ANYONE would want more than 64kb of RAM"
At a (not so) recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated, "If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25.00 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon."
In response to Bill's comments, General Motors issued a press release stating:
"If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:"
- For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash twice a day.
- Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car.
- Occasionally (for no reason whatsoever) your car would die on the freeway. You would have to pull to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue. (For some reason you would simply accept this).
- Occasionally, executing a manoeuvre such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.
- Macintosh Motors would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive - but would run on only five percent of the roads.
- The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single "This Car Has Performed an Illegal Operation" warning light.
- The airbag system would ask "Are you sure?" before deploying.
- Sometimes you car would lock you inside until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.
- Every time a new car was introduced car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.
- You'd have to press the "Start" button to turn the engine off.
Bill Gates is the richest and arguably most powerful man in the tech sector. Historically reserved with regard to his private life, he has--over the last few decades--said a lot about business, global health and the evolution of the computer industry. Here are some of the more memorable quotes from Microsoft's co-founder and tech titan:
"If people had understood how patents would be granted when most of today's ideas were invented, and had taken out patents, the industry would be at a complete standstill today." (Challenges and Strategy, May 16, 1991)
"If somethings expensive to develop, and some body's not going to get paid, it won't get developed. So you decide: Do you want software to be written, or not?" (Interview with Dennis Bathory-Kitsz in 80 Microcomputing, 1980)
"IBM to this day is the biggest company in the computer industry. People misunderstand that. We managed our relationship with IBM because we managed to surprise them again and again with how quickly we were able to do new things." (U.S. News & World Report, Aug. 20, 2001)
(Asked if Microsoft is headed toward being a post-Windows company) "No. Windows is our most important product. We're broadening the platform out so that pieces of it can run on the Internet itself and pieces can run on different devices. The magical platform now is .Net. But the actual piece of it that runs on the PC client, where you can run offline, you can do reading and speech recognition and handwriting recognition, that's the pillar on which everything rests." (U.S. News & World Report, Aug. 20, 2001)
"Although about 3 million computers get sold every year in China, but people don't pay for the software," he said. "Someday they will, though. As long as they are going to steal it, we want them to steal ours. They'll get sort of addicted, and then we'll somehow figure out how to collect sometime in the next decade." (On software piracy in China, July 1998)
"Microsoft has had clear competitors in the past. It's a good thing we have museums to document that." (At the Computer History Museum, Oct. 2004)
"When we have the information highway, I'll put it out there. Everybody who wants to pay, I don't know, one cent, can see what movies I'm watching and what books I'm reading and certain other information. If I'm still interesting, I'll rack up dollars as people access that part of the highway." (Playboy, 1994)
"At Microsoft, there are lots of brilliant ideas but the image is that they all come from the top--I'm afraid that's not quite right, but fortunately, there are plenty that are coming." (BBC, Dec. 2001)
"The best way to prepare (to be a programmer) is to write programs, and to study great programs that other people have written. In my case, I went to the garbage cans at the Computer Science Centre and fished out listings of their operating system." (Programmers at Work by Susan Lammers, 1986)
"Like almost everyone who uses e-mail, I receive a ton of spam every day. Much of it offers to help me get out of debt or get rich quick." (The Wall Street Journal, June 23, 2003)
"We've done some good work, but all of these products become obsolete so fast....It will be some finite number of years, and I don't know the number--before our doom comes." (Forbes Greatest Business Stories of All Time, Daniel Gross, 1997)
"It really is a failure of capitalism. You know capitalism is this wonderful thing that motivates people, it causes wonderful inventions to be done. But in this area of diseases of the world at large, it's really let us down." (Interview with Bill Moyers, May 9, 2003)
"I think it's fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we've ever created. They're tools of communication, they're tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user." (In a speech at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Feb. 24, 2004)
"Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don't think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without talking about the other." (Business @ the Speed of Thought)
"I wish I wasn't (the world's richest man)... There's nothing good that comes out of that. You get more visibility as a result of it." (Speaking at online advertising conference in Redmond, Wash., May 5, 2006)
"Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose." (The Road Ahead)
"There are no significant bugs in our released software that any significant number of users want fixed." (Focus Magazine, Oct. 23, 1995)