THEY WILL ASK thee as to what they should spend on others. Say: "Whatever of your wealth you spend shall [first] be for your parents, and for the near of kin, and the orphans, and the needy, and the wayfarer; and whatever good you do, verily, God has full knowledge thereof." - Al-Baqarah (2:215)

Friday, 27 June 2008

Taking a short break

Folks, I need to take a short break probably for the whole of next week. Although I may still have access to the internet, I doubt I'd have enough time to come up with new postings for this blog. But before I go off, I will try to prepare some scheduled posts for next week - nothing original, but just some things for us to ponder, or just jokes to make us smile.

For a start, here are some great predictions by so called experts of yesteryears...


"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 15 tons."
--Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
--Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943

"I have traveled 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."
--The 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, 1968, commenting on the microchip.

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
--Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977

"This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us."
--Western Union internal memo, 1876.

"The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?"
--David Sarnoff's associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s.

"The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C,' the idea must be feasible."
--A Yale University management professor in response to Fred Smith's paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. (Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.)

"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?"
--Harry M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927.


Aaaah, great predictions indeed, weren't they? :)

6 comments:

Nightwing said...

Helo Kak,

Thanks for sharing the post...:)

You hava good break and come back afresh.

Pi Bani said...

Nightwing,
Actually it's not a "cuti-cuti" break. It's a break from my office and voluntary work because there's something else I need to attend to...

Akmal said...

Kak Pi,
All those soothsayers did it wrong hahaha.
Well, you're not going to have cuti-cuti kind of break? Good luck then with whatever you're up to ya, and oh, try to get a rest anyway :)

Pi Bani said...

Akmal,
Nanti balik I cerita okay ya? Now ni sekadar sekali-sekala nak baca emails and bloghop sikit-sikit bolehlah...

ruby ahmad said...

Hello Pi,

Are you heading KL way? Holler if so ok.

I chuckled at this one:"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
--Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943

Pi Bani said...

K.Ruby,
Yes, memang ada kat KL, or Damansara Jaya to be exact. Tengoklah, kalau sempat I'll give you a call.