The computer business is changing so quickly these days that sometimes we feel as if we’re in the fresh-produce business.
Safi Qureshey, US executive AST research (b. 1951)
Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
Pablo Picasso, Spanish painter (1881-1973)
No computer has ever been designed that is ever aware of what it’s doing; but most of the time, we aren’t either.
Marvin Minsky, US author (b.1927)
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, US journalist, author (1917-1986)
The computer can’t tell you the emotional story. It can give you the exact mathematical design, but what’s missing is the eyebrows.
Frank Zappa, US musician (1940-1993)
If you put tomfoolery into a computer, nothing comes out but tomfoolery. But this tomfoolery, having passed through a very expensive machine, is somehow ennobled and no-one dares criticise it.
Pierre Gallois, French airman, geopolitician (1911-2010)
Software suppliers are trying to make their software packages more ‘user-friendly’. Their best approach, so far, has been to take all the old brochures, and stamp the words ‘user-friendly’ on the cover.
Bill Gates, US computer engineer, manufacturer (b. 1955)
I have a spelling checker
It came with my PC;
It plainly marks four my revue
Mistakes 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, US internet poet
A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history – with the possible exception of handguns and tequila.
Mitch Radcliffe, US computer journalist
When all else fails, read the instructions.
Technological man can’t believe in anything that can’t be measured, taped, or put into a computer.
Claire Booth Luce, US author, politician, diplomat (1903-1987)