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Top 20 Computer Quotes

Computer QuotesWe thought it would be a fun idea to have a little collection of the top computer and it security quotes.

The list consists of  some unfortunate quotes but also insightful and shrewd observations from some of the most powerful people in the tech industry.

Quotes are in no particular order but please tell us your favorite in the comments.

1: Passwords are like underwear; you don’t let people see it, you should change it very often, and you shouldn’t share it with strangers – Chris Pirillo

2: Computers are useless. They can only give you answers – Pablo Picasso

3: Computers are like Old Testament Gods; lots of rules and no mercy. – Joseph Campbell

4: I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them. Isaac Asimov

5: The online truly secure system is one that is powered off, cast in a block of concrete and sealed in a lead-lined room with armed guards. – Gene Spafford

6: Being able to break security doesn’t make you a hacker anymore than being able to hotwire cars makes you an automotive engineer. – Eric Raymond

7: If you spend more on coffee than on IT security, you will be hacked. What’s more, you deserve to be hacked. – Richard Clarke

8: I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We’ve created life in our own image. – Stephen Hawking

9: It used to be expensive to make things public and cheap to make them private. Now it’s expensive to make things private and cheap to make them public – Clay Shirky

10: Think? Why think! We have computers to do that for us. – Jean Rostand

11: To err is human – and to blame it on a computer is even more so. – Robert Orben

12: In the future, computers may weigh no more than 1.5 tonnes. – Popular Mechanics, 1949

13: Never trust a computer you can’t throw out a window. – Steve Wozniak

14: Securing a computer system has traditionally been a battle of wits: the penetrator tries to find the holes, and the designer tries to close them. Gosser

15: Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes. – Edsger Dijkstra

16: It’s hardware that makes a machine fast. It’s software that makes a fast computer slow. – Craig Bruce

17: The internet? We are not interested in it. – Bill Gates, 1993

18: I am not out to destroy Microsoft, that would be a completely unintended side effect. – Linus Torvalds (creator of theLinux operating system)

19: Two years from now, spam will be solved – Bill Gates, 2004

20: Amateurs hack systems, professionals hack people. – Bruce Schneier

And a little bonus for the SPAMfighter readers :-P

21: The problem of viruses is temporary and will be solved in two years.John McAfee, 1988 (founder of McAfee Antivirus)

 The smart reader would also see the post picture includes a quote making it 22.

We hope you have enjoyed these and would love to hear if you have any important ones we’ve missed or which one was your favorite in the comments below.

 

 

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3 Comments

  1. Josh Brown says:

    Hahaha

    The internet? We are not interested in it. – Bill Gates

  2. Jiji says:

    “Think? Why think! We have computers to do that for us.”
    This is so much what is happening now

  3. John says:

    My favorite quotes are ones from the past that just seem silly now, but were totally valid thoughts then. It’s funny to think that a lot of businessmen thought that the internet was just some fad. Also, the one from the late 40s about the weight of computers…Those people would die if they knew my laptop weights about 2 pounds.

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