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Date:      Mon, 18 Jul 2011 20:01:20 -0400
From:      Jerry <>
To:        FreeBSD <>
Subject:   Re: Lennart Poettering: BSD Isn't Relevant Anymore
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On Mon, 18 Jul 2011 22:31:41 +0200
Polytropon articulated:

> Your TV example is very good. I've recently read a text
> that predicts the future of CDs - a text from the late 80's.
> When we consider what we are _currently_ using, the text
> predicting "no important future for CDs" looks quite funny.

You are undoubtedly familiar with the 1986 quote:

"I think there is a world market for about five computers" ā€” Remark
attributed to Thomas J. Watson (Chairman of the Board of International
Business Machines)

Now, I know you want to list Bill Gates' famous, "640K ought to be
enough for anybody." statement in 1981. The only problem with that is:

1) He denies it.
2) No credible evidence or witness exists to prove he did say it.

However, he readily admits making this one:

"I see little commercial potential for the internet for the next 10"
years." Remarks at COMDEX (November 1994), attributed in Kommunikation
erstatter transport (2009) by Karl Krarup et al.

And who can forget the this 2006 beauty by Linus Torvalds:

"Which mindset is right? Mine, of course. People who disagree with me
are by definition crazy. (Until I change my mind, when they can
suddenly become upstanding citizens. Iā€™m flexible, and not

Actually, and this is a matter of semantics, I am technically using
DVDs and not CDs in my machines. And as surely as night follows day,
even that will be obsoleted soon enough. Heck, Blu-ray is currently
available and the 5D DVD with 10 terabytes, approximately 2000 times
the capacity of a standard DVD is on the horizon. It seems like only
yesterday I was using 5.25" floppies. The whole point being that the
text you are alluding too may not be that far from the truth.

Jerry āœŒ

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