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Some must have wished they never said it on reflection . . .

Everything that can be invented has been invented.

- Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, US Office of Patents, 1899

I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.

- Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943

Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.

- Popular Mechanics, forecasting the future of technology, 1949

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.

- editor of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957

But what . . . is it good for?

- engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, on the microchip.

There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.

- Ken Olson, founder, president and chairman of the Digital Equipment Corp., 1977

. . . while others never seem to learn . . .

DOS addresses only 1 Megabyte of RAM because we cannot imagine any applications needing more.

- Microsoft, 1980

640K ought to be enough for anybody.

- Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, 1981

Windows NT addresses 2 Gigabytes of RAM which is more than any application will ever need.

- Microsoft, 1992

. . . and the future? Nanotechnology could make a single desktop machine as powerfull as ALL the computers which existed at the turn of the millenium . . .

Small devices the size of a pocket calculator could readily contain the information and knowledge of every volume in the Library of Congress.

- Nanotechnology: The Library of Congress in Your Pocket, Roberta Wallis, Information Systems Analyst, Research Libraries of the New York Public Library, 1992

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1924.Dec.03 Birth of John Backus, inventor (FORTRAN computer language)
1985.Oct.16Intel introduces 32-bit 80386 microcomputer chip, basis of modern PCs
1988.Aug.16IBM introduces software for artificial intelligence
1995.Aug.24The Microsoft Corporation begins selling its Windows 95 personal computer software
1998.Aug.26US Justice Department announces investigation into the software giant Microsoft in an attempt to discover if the company used illegal coercion to force Intel into delaying new technology
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