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Computing Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Computing

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Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Inc,
which set the computing world on its ear with the Macintosh in 1984.
- Kevin Mitnick

Related topics: Computers

In the practical world of computing,
it is rather uncommon that a program,
once it performs correctly and satisfactorily,
remains unchanged forever.
- Niklaus Wirth

In computing, turning the obvious into the useful is
a living definition of the word "frustration".
- Alan Perlis

Computing is not about computers any more.
It is about living.
- Nicholas Negroponte

 

I have discovered that there are two types of command
interfaces in the world of computing:
good interfaces and user interfaces.
- Daniel J. Bernstein

I think computing power is ready to do 3D justice.
It was great for shooters and racing games in the past,
but I didn't think it was right for strategy games.
- Sid Meier

There are no projects per se in the Computing Sciences Research Center.
- Ken Thompson

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While I admire the insights of many of the people in the world of computing,
I get this cold feeling that I speak a different language.
- Clifford Stoll

In 20 or 30 years, you'll be able to hold in your hand
as much computing knowledge as exists now in the whole city,
or even the whole world.
- Douglas Engelbart

Back in 1995, Bill Gates himself didn't understand
that the internet was the direction computing was going.
- John Podhoretz

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

The great advance of personal computers was not the
computing power per se but the fact that it brought it right to your face,
that you had control over it, that were confronted
with it and could steer it.
- Kevin Kelly

The utility model of computing - computing resources
delivered over the network in much the same way that
electricity or telephone service reaches our homes and offices today -
makes more sense than ever.
- Scott McNealy

Do not compute the totality of your poultry population
until all the manifestations of incubation have been entirely completed.
- William Jennings Bryan

In order to figure out how to make atoms compute,
you have to learn how to speak their language and to
understand how they process information under normal circumstances.
- Seth Lloyd

It becomes a giant's task to compute the result when
the effect of cross seas,
wind at all angles and ever varying force,
arched surfaces, head resistance, ratio of weight to area,
and the intelligence of the guiding power crop up.
- Lawrence Hargrave

Things slow down, the ball seems a lot bigger and you
feel like you have more time.
Everything computes - you have options,
but you always take the right one.
- John McEnroe

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

Computers may save time but they sure waste a lot of paper.
About 98 percent of everything printed out by a computer
is garbage that no one ever reads.
- Andy Rooney

The question of whether a computer can think is no
more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim.
- Edsger Dijkstra

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

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

The basis of computer work is predicated on the idea
that only the brain makes decisions and only the index finger does the work.
- Brian Eno

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

I'm too old-fashioned to use a computer.
I'm too old-fashioned to use a quill.
- Christopher Plummer

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

Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program
winning the world chess championship.
Humanity needs a lesson in humility.
- Richard Dawkins

Getting out of the hospital is a lot like resigning from a book club.
You're not out of it until the computer says you're out of it.
- Erma Bombeck

It was a black and white only computer at the time,
but it kept me fascinated.
- Buffy Sainte-Marie

Anyone who has lost track of time when using a computer
knows the propensity to dream,
the urge to make dreams come true and the tendency to miss lunch.
- Tim Berners-Lee

If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has,
we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1000 MPG.
- Bill Gates

One of the most feared expressions in modern times
is 'The computer is down.'
- Norman Ralph Augustine

The power of the computer is starting to spread.
- Bill Budge

All sorts of computer errors are now turning up.
You'd be surprised to know the number of doctors who
claim they are treating pregnant men.
- Isaac Asimov

Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.
- Edsger Dijkstra

The computer is a moron.
- Peter Drucker

You couldn't have fed the '50s into a computer and come out with the '60s.
- Paul Kantner

I started on an Apple II, which I had bought at the
very end of 1978 for half of my annual income.
I made $4,500 a year, and I spent half of it on the computer.
- Bill Budge

I am not the only person who uses his computer mainly
for the purpose of diddling with his computer.
- Dave Barry

I got up with my wife, I sat down at the computer when she went to work,
and I didn't stop until she got home.
- George Stephen

I'm a '70s mom, and my daughter is a '90s mom.
I know a lot of women my age who are real computer freaks.
- Florence Henderson

There's a lot of music that sounds like it's literally computer-generated,
totally divorced from a guy sitting down at an instrument.
- Aimee Mann

I wouldn't know how to find eBay on the computer if my life depended on it.
- Marc Jacobs

The only legitimate use of a computer is to play games.
- Eugene Jarvis

To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer.
- Paul R. Ehrlich

I should prefer to have a politician who regularly
went to a massage parlour than one who promised a laptop
computer for every teacher.
- A. N. Wilson

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

Bill Gates is the pope of the personal computer industry.
He decides who's going to build.
- Larry Ellison

To err is human but to really foul up requires a computer.
- Dan Rather

A wonderful thing about a book, in contrast to a computer screen,
is that you can take it to bed with you.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

No one ever said on their deathbed, 'Gee,
I wish I had spent more time alone with my computer'.
- Danielle Berry

My computer beat me at checkers, but I sure beat it at kickboxing.
- Emo Philips

If your computer speaks English, it was probably made in Japan.
- Alan Perlis

The protean nature of the computer is such that it
can act like a machine or like a language to be shaped and exploited.
- Alan Kay

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.
- Emo Philips

In 1966 I became president of the British Computer Society.
- Lord Mountbatten

The modern computer hovers between the obsolescent and the nonexistent.
- Sydney Brenner

You know, IBM was almost knocked out of the box by
other types of computer software and manufacturing.
- Roy Romer

At this moment I do not have a personal relationship with a computer.
- Janet Reno

I've got a computer, but I won't go near it.
- Jo Stafford

I don't have a computer.
I don't know anything about that.
I don't even know what a website is.
- Michael Biehn

The cloning of humans is on most of the lists of things
to worry about from Science,
along with behaviour control, genetic engineering,
transplanted heads, computer poetry and the unrestrained
growth of plastic flowers.
- Lewis Thomas

In fact when I first got my Apple II the first thing
I did was turn it on and off,
on and off, just because I had the power to do so,
which I'd never had on a computer before.
- Andy Hertzfeld

It is instructive, for instance, to trace the computer
industry's decline in vision,
idealism, creativity, romance and sheer fun as it becomes
more and more important and prosperous.
- Robert Shea

IBM was the original contractor for much of the computer
interface design on the film.
- Douglas Trumbull

If we suppose that many natural phenomena are in effect computations,
the study of computer science can tell us about the
kinds of natural phenomena that can occur.
- Rudy Rucker

In the computer field, the moment of truth is a running program;
all else is prophecy.
- Herbert Simon

I use a really simple calendar program on my computer.
- Jamie Zawinski

But I'm so slow on it because I find it terribly hard
writing blind on computers.
The computer speaks to me, but it's just so slow,
I'm so terribly slow using it.
- Jack Vance

I just want to keep creating stuff, work regularly
and learn how to use a computer properly.
- Paul Putner

If you put garbage in a computer nothing comes out but garbage.
But this garbage, having passed through a very expensive machine,
is somehow ennobled and none dare criticize it.
- Rory Bremner


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