Hardcore Software

How hard it can get?

Think before you speak June 14, 2007

Filed under: Humour,Life,Quotes,Software — Hemant @ 6:59 pm

Taken from another blog:

The classic example is the Sony Walkman which was universally panned because it did not record, but only played tapes. The rest is history. But here are a couple of quotes that are hard to believe these days:

In reference to the Apple Macintosh, Windows, and GUI

  • “The Mac simply doesn’t have the look or feel of a business computer.” (InfoWorld, March 26, 1984)
  • “A few traditional computer users see the mouse, the windows, and the desktop metaphor as silly, useless frills.” (Byte, May 1984)
  • “‘Icons represent an attempt to restrict what people do with computers, in the guise of user-friendliness.’ According to Currie, icon-based systems are appropriate for novice computer users, but will hinder the work of knowledgeable users.” (Computerworld, August 20, 1984, interview with Edward H. Currie, president of Lifeboat Associates, a New York-based software publishing firm)
  • “Because works the way you do, you don’t waste time with a mouse or learning a Macintosh-like graphics environment. works the way PC software is supposed to work.” (Ashton-Tate brochure for Byline Desktop Publishing, 1988)

In reference to the mouse peripheral device

  • [headline] “Mice are nice ideas, but of dubious value for business users” (George Vinall, PC Week, April 24, 1984)
  • “I was having lots of fun, but in the back of my corporate mind, I couldn’t help but think about productivity.” (George Vinall, PC Week, April 24, 1984)
  • “Does the mouse make the computer more accessible, more friendly, to certain target audiences such as executives? The answer is no.” (Computerworld, October 31, 1983)
  • “There is no possibility that this device will feel more comfortable to the executive than the keyboard. Because of its “rollability,” the mouse has the aura of a gimmick….” (Computerworld, October 31, 1983)
  • “The mouse and its friends are merely diversions in this process. What sounds revolutionary does not necessarily help anyone with anything, and therein lies the true test of commercial longevity.” (David A. Kay, Datamation, October 1983)
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