Selected Quotes about Computers

The idea that Bill Gates has appeared like a knight in shining armor to lead all customers out of a mire of technological chaos neatly ignores the fact that it was he who, by peddling second- rate technology, led them into it in the first place. -- Douglas Adams

At the present time there exist problems beyond our ability to solve, not because of theoretical difficulties, but because of insufficient means of mechanical computation. -- Howard Aiken

The desire to economize time and mental effort in arithmetical computations, and to eliminate human liability to error is probably as old as the science of arithmetic itself. -- Howard Aiken

One would think that if you're anonymous, you'd do anything you want, but groups have their own sense of community and what we can do. -- John Allen

To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer. -- Farmers' Almanac

I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them. -- Isaac Asimov

Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest. -- Isaac Asimov

I do not fear computers. I fear lack of them. -- Isaac Asimov

Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest. -- Isaac Asimov

The most likely way for the world to be destroyed, most experts agree, is by accident. That's where we come in; we're computer professionals. We cause accidents. -- Nathaniel Borenstein

The most likely way for the world to be destroyed, most experts agree, is by accident. That's where we come in; we're computer professionals. We cause accidents. -- Nathaniel Borenstein

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

If computers get too powerful, we can organize them into a committee -- that will do them in. -- Bradley's Bromide

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

Reading computer manuals without the hardware is a frustrating as reading sex manuals without the software. -- Arthur C. Clarke

Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning. -- Rick Cook

If the automobile had followed the same development cycle as the computer, a Rolls-Royce would today cost $100, get a million miles per gallon, and explode once a year, killing everyone inside. -- Robert X. Cringely

If the automobile had followed the same development cycle as the computer, a Rolls-Royce would today cost $100, get one million miles to the gallon, and explode once a year, killing everyone inside. -- Robert X Cringely

Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes. -- E. W. Dijkstra

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

The computer is a moron. -- Peter Drucker

The computer is a moron. -- Peter Drucker

In all large corporations, there is a pervasive fear that someone, somewhere is having fun with a computer on company time. Networks help alleviate that fear. -- John C. Dvorak

If you put tomfoolery into a computer, nothing comes out of it but tomfoolery. But this tomfoolery, having passed through a very expensive machine, is somehow ennobled and no-one dares criticize it. -- Pierre Gallois

The great thing about a computer notebook is that no matter how much you stuff into it, it doesn't get bigger or heavier. -- Bill Gates

I don't think there's anything unique about human intellience. All the nuerons in the brain that make up perceptions and emotions operate in a binary fashion. -- Bill Gates

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

I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image. -- Stephen Hawking

Life was simple before World War II. After that, we had systems. -- Grace Murray Hopper

We're flooding people with information. We need to feed it through a processor. A human must turn information into intelligence or knowledge. We've tended to forget that no computer will ever ask a new question. -- Grace Murray Hopper

All programmers are optimists. Perhaps this modern sorcery especially attracts those who believe in happy endings and fairy godmothers. Perhaps the hundreds of nitty frustrations drive away all but those who habitually focus on the end goal. Perhaps it is merely that computers are young, programmers are younger, and the young are always optimists. But however the selection process works, the result is indisputable: "This time it will surely run," or "I just found the last bug." -- Frederick Brooks, Jr.

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

Arguments over grammar and style are often as fierce as those over IBM versus Mac, and as fruitless as Coke versus Pepsi and boxers versus briefs. -- Jack Lynch

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up. -- James Magary

The most overlooked advantage to owning a computer is that if they foul up there's no law against wacking them around a little. -- Joe Martin

Not even computers will replace committees, because committees buy computers. -- Edward Shepherd Mead

I have a spelling checkerIt came with my PC;It plainly marks four my revueMistakes I cannot sea.I've run this poem threw it,I'm sure your pleased too no,Its letter perfect in it's weigh,My checker tolled me sew. -- Janet Minor

There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home. -- Ken Olsen

To err is human--and to blame it on a computer is even more so. -- Robert Orben

The computing field is always in need of new cliches. -- Alan Perlis

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

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. -- Pablo Picasso

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. -- Pablo Picasso

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

Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining. -- Jef Raskin

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

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

The real question is not whether machines think but whether men do. -- B. F. Skinner

The robot is going to lose. Not by much. But when the final score is tallied, flesh and blood is going to beat the damn monster. -- Adam Smith

Why is it drug addicts and computer afficionados are both called users? -- Clifford Stoll

Asking if computers can think is like asking if submarines can swim. -- Unknown

If debugging is the process of removing bugs, then programming must be the process of putting them in. -- Unknown

The ultimate "computer," our own brain, uses only ten watts of power -- one-tenth the energy consumed by a hundred-watt bulb. -- Paul Valery

Anyway, there's plenty of room for doubt. It might seem easy enough, but computer language design is just like a stroll in the park.... Jurassic Park, that is. -- Larry Wall

If builders built houses the way programmers built programs, the first woodpecker to come along would destroy civilization. -- Gerald Weinberg

We've all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true. -- Robert Wilensky

Never trust a computer you can't throw out a window. -- Steve Wozniak

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