'I think there is a world market for maybe five computers'
- Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943
'While a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 10000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers of the future may have only 1000 vacuum tubes and weigh only 1.5 tons.'
- Popular mechanics, 1949
'I have travelled 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 in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957
'But what... is it good for?'
- Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems division of IBM, commenting on the microchip, 1968
'There is no reason why anyone would want a computer in the home'
- Ken Olson, Present, Chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977
'640K should be enough for anybody'
- Bill Gates, 1981