The Big Think

January 27, 2004

Prophetic Words

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 12:30 pm

“‘Two years from now, spam will be solved,”
Bill Gates, January 2004

2 years from now we’ll see if his prediction is true. If not, I’m sure people will…. keep buying his lousy software.

“Nobody would ever need more than 640k of memory.”
Bill Gates, 1981


  1. Hey… don’t you use that lousy software?? Or have you graduated to

    BTW, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading all the articles at They really demystify some macintosh myths… and even give some insight into how and why Bill Gates did some of what he did (copying Apple because Apple neglected to prevent him from doing so.) Regardless of whether you’re a mac advocate or not, the stories are great.

    Comment by Patrick — January 27, 2004 @ 5:13 pm

  2. Yup, I still use Word 5.1 (the one you got me in, what, 1991? Still runs great under OS 9. Very stable and does everything I need. No need to upgrade.
    Aside from that, though, I use Safari for web and Mail for my email. Rarely open an MS product unless someone sends me a MS file. Often AppleLinks will open and translate it, though.
    RE: Gates copying Apple. Yeah, Apple dropped the ball big-time on that one. They should have done something the very first time BillCo copied the trash. Or bought the rights from Xerox/PARC. Hindsight is 20/20, but the 150 million that Microsoft paid Apple a few years ago to finally settle the deal was an insult compared to the unholy haul of cash MS made off of the Apple-popularized GUI.
    I’ll check out the site.


    Comment by JasonY — January 27, 2004 @ 6:20 pm

  3. BTW, it wouldn’t have made sense for Gates to claim that 640K was enough for everyone if his goal was to write the over-bloated copy-cat code that the Mac faithful slams him for. But, no matter what gets said, the 5/8 megabyte myth just won’t die.

    Comment by Patrick — January 28, 2004 @ 9:15 am

  4. Well, I’ve seen the quote often enough. If he didn’t say it, okay. But there ARE attributions for several of his other quotes you might be interested in:

    “You shouldn’t get overly paranoid thinking that Microsoft’s a broad competitor and it’s not possible to work with us.”
    — Bill Gates at PUBLISHERS’ CONVENTION April 1997

    “There are people who don’t like capitalism, and people who don’t like PCs. But there’s no-one who likes the PC who doesn’t like Microsoft”
    — Bill Gates, Free Market and the LA Times

    “Microsoft programs are generally bug-free. If you visit the Microsoft hotline, you’ll literally have to wait weeks if not months until someone calls in with a bug in one of our programs. 99.99% of calls turn out to be user mistakes.
    I know not a single less irrelevant reason for an update than bugfixes.
    The reasons for updates are to present more new features.”
    — Bill Gates, on code stability, from Focus Magazine

    Proven monopolist. Known buggy code. Proven dishonest business practices and underhanded behavior. It’s acknowledged that they don’t innovate as much as they claim to (a bit, but they’re not out there inventing Firewire, Java, or next-gen music players).
    Can you shed some light on why so many people are such strong apologists for this company? (other than “it’s fun to tweak Mac owners”) 🙂

    Comment by JasonY — January 28, 2004 @ 11:37 am

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