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Date:      Mon, 18 Jul 2011 22:50:25 -0500 (CDT)
From:      Robert Bonomi <>
Subject:   Re: Lennart Poettering: BSD Isn't Relevant Anymore
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In-Reply-To: <20110718200120.05371fd6@scorpio>

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> Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2011 20:01:20 -0400
> From: Jerry <>
> Subject: Re: Lennart Poettering: BSD Isn't Relevant Anymore
> 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" a   Remark
> attributed to Thomas J. Watson (Chairman of the Board of International
> Business Machines)


So much for your reseearch skills. 

"Thomas J. Watson" _died_ in NINETEEN FIFTY SIX.  If  he made a remark in
1986 it would have been world-shaking news.

You are citing a 1986 .sig item from a _USENET_  posting by a Convex Computer 
employee.  The purported remark occurred in _1943_.  *IF* it was made, it is
worth noting that, as a prediction, it _was_true_ for *TEN*YEARS*.  Now,
how many other 'predictions' in the field of computing have survived _that_

Reputable sources have it:
   "Although Watson is well known for his alleged 1943 statement: "I think 
    there is a world market for maybe five computers," there is scant 
    evidence he made it.

There *is* 'some' evidence, albeit _not_ conclusive, that his son, "Thomas 
J. Watson, Jr." said something _remotely_ related in 1953, to wit:
   "But, as a result of our trip, on which we expected to get orders for 
    five machines, we came home with orders for 18."

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