Thursday, March 30, 2006

Predictiions that went flop..

Not all IT related by any means, but I particularly like these three:

«This antitrust thing will blow over.»
Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft.


«Remote shopping, while entirely feasible, will flop - because women like to get out of the house, like to handle merchandise, like to be able to change their minds.»
TIME, 1966, in one sentence writing off e-commerce long before anyone had ever heard of it.

«There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.»
Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC), maker of big business mainframe computers, arguing against the PC in 1977.


BlogScript knows it's been a bit thin lately: it's sorry, but it's had new job negotiations and end of term to deal with, is off to funeral, and then off to BILETA, the UK/EU national IT law conference, in Malta, where hopefully it will not only give a paper on eBay and update itself on the latest in Islamic data protection law (for real!) but also try out of every one of the four pools at the conference centre hotel :-) After that, mega content!!

1 comment:

Joseph said...

TIME, 1966, in one sentence writing off e-commerce long before anyone had ever heard of it.

*Will* flop?? But mail order, in the shape of the Sears catalogue, had by then been going in the USA since, oh, the 1870s or thereabouts. And if mail order isn't remote shopping, then what exactly is it?