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We Have Come Through A Strange Cycle In Programming, Starting With The Creation Of Programming Itself As A Human Activity. Executives With The Tiniest Smattering Of Knowledge Assume That Anyone Can Write A Program, And Only Now Are Programmers Beginning To Win Their Battle For Recognition As True Professionals. Not Just Anyone, With Any Background, Or Any Training, Can Do A Fine Job Of Programming. Programmers Know This, But Then Why Is It That They Think That Anyone Picked Off The Street Can Do Documentation? One Has Only To Spend An Hour Looking At Papers Written By Graduate Students To Realize The Extent To Which The Ability To Communicate Is Not Universally Held. And So, When We Speak About Computer Program Documentation, We Are Not Speaking About The Psychology Of Computer Programming At All - Except Insofar As Programmers Have The Illusion That Anyone Can Do A Good Job Of Documentation, Provided He Is Not Smart Enough To Be A Programmer.
~ Gerald Weinberg, "The Psychology of Computer Programming"
Want To Make Your Computer Go Really Fast Throw It Out A Window.
~ Anon
To Err Is Human--and To Blame It On A Computer Is Even More So.
~ Robert Orben
There Are Two Things In Particular That It The Computer Industry Failed To Foresee: One Was The Coming Of The Internet...; The Other Was The Fact That The Century Would End.
~ Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt
I Think That Their Flight From And Hatred Of Technology Is Self-defeating. The Buddha Rests Quite As Comfortably In The Circuits Of A Digital Computer Of The Gears Of A Cycle Transmission As He Does At The Top Of A Mountain Or In The Petals Of A Flower. To Think Otherwise Is To Demean The Buddha--which Is To Demean Oneself.
~ Robert M. Pursig, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"
As Far As We Know, Our Computer Has Never Had An Undetected Error.
~ Weisert
Man Is The Best Computer We Can Put Aboard A Spacecraft... And The Only One That Can Be Mass Produced With Unskilled Labor.
~ Wernher von Braun
The Computer Programmer Is A Creator Of Universes For Which He Alone Is Responsible. Universes Of Virtually Unlimited Complexity Can Be Created In The Form Of Computer Programs.
~ Joseph Weizenbaum
Making Duplicate Copies And Computer Printouts Of Things No One Wanted Even One Of In The First Place Is Giving America A New Sense Of Purpose.
~ Andy Rooney
A Computer Terminal Is Not Some Clunky Old Television With A Typewriter In Front Of It. It Is An Interface Where The Mind And Body Can Connect With The Universe And Move Bits Of It About. From Mostly Harmless.
~ Douglas Noel Adams
There Is No Reason For Any Individual To Have A Computer In His Home.
~ Ken Olsen, President, Digital Equipment, 1977
There Is No Reason Anyone Would Want A Computer In Their Home.
~ Ken Olson
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