The world is poised on the cusp

The world is poised on the cusp of an economic and cultural shift as dramatic as that of the Industrial Revolution.  (OK, it doesn’t take a genius, or even a politician, to figure out that big changes are afoot when we have a medium that lets someone throw up a virtual storefront on the Web and instantly gain access to the global market.)  ~Steven Levy, 1997

The big dispute between the government and

The big dispute between the government and Microsoft concerns the Internet "browser," which is the piece of software that puts a message on your computer screen informing you that the Internet is currently busy and you should try again later.  As you can imagine, the potential market for this service is huge, so Microsoft would like you to use its browser, and not somebody else’s.  ~Dave Barry, 1998

I am at a loss to figure

I am at a loss to figure out how to rid my e-mail of those bottom-feeders of the electronic world, the generators of spam…. If I were Emperor of the World, I would lock all the spammers in a room and force them to watch nothing but TV commercials for the rest of their miserable lives, and I would condemn the people who respond to spammers to do nothing but clean the toilets in this room. ~Richard Turner (1937-2011), The Grammar Curmudgeon, a.k.a. “The Mudge,” from “The Curmudgeon Sounds Off: A Plague of Spam”; tpv,uwp,qe2

First we thought the pc was a

First we thought the PC was a calculator.  Then we found out how to turn numbers into letters with ASCII – and we thought it was a typewriter.  Then we discovered graphics, and we thought it was a television.  With the World Wide Web, we’ve realized it’s a brochure.  ~Douglas Adams

Chances are you now know that the

Chances are, you now know that the marriage of the computer and the telephone is one of the century’s seismic technical and economic developments.  In terms of potential social and economic impact, it is often likened to the introduction of assembly-line manufacturing or to the invention of the computer itself.  ~Author Unknown