1. “Computers, in the future, may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.” —Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949.
2. “I think there is a world market for, maybe, five computers.” —Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.
3. “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.
4. “But what …is it good for?” —Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip.
5. “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” —Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977.
6. “This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is, inherently, of no value.” —Western Union internal memo, 1876.
7. “The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?” —David Sarnoff’s associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s.
8. “The concept is interesting and well-formed. But, in order to earn better than a ‘C,’ the idea must be feasible.” —A Yale Univ. management professor in response to Fred Smith’s paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. (Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.)
9. “Who wants to hear actors talk?” —H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927
10. “I’m just glad it will be Clark Gable who is falling on his face and not Gary Cooper.” — Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role in Gone With The Wind.
11. “A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make.” —Response to Debbi Fields’ idea of starting Mrs. Fields’ Cookies.
12. “We don’t like their sound and guitar music is on the way out.” —Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.
14. “Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau.” —Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929.
15. “Airplanes are interesting toys, but of no military value.” —Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre.
(Note: You’ll often see “‘64K ought to be enough memory for anybody.’ —Bill Gates, 1981” on this list, but there is no evidence that he actually said it. Nice try, revisionists!)
I have been watching 9/11 videos since last night and takes me back to when it all happened. We were living in Duncan at the time. My babies were small Josiah was 7, Sarah was 5, Nomi was 3 and Isaiah was 1. The babies were watching their normal PBS programming when a friend called and told us to turn our television to the local news. We sat there watching these horrific scenes unfold before our eyes. I felt so vulnerable and scared. All I could do was call on the name of Jesus. I can’t help but feel the same way now. Not so much scared, but vulnerable knowing that we are very much mortal and that we are not promised tomorrow. May we all seek the Lord while He may be found, and forgive those who have wronged us along the way. God bless our nation and bring healing. This is my 9/11 prayer. Amen
I also feel this scripture is also very fitting.
Seek the LORD while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.
Let the wicked forsake his way
and the evil man his thoughts.
Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the LORD.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,