Computer Quotes

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Terry Pratchett
“Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time.”
Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

Douglas Adams
“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

J.D. Robb
“Today," she told it, "death comes to all your circuits. Will it be slow and systematic or fast and brutal?" Considering, she circled it, "Tough decision. I've waited so long for this moment. Dreamed of it."

Showing her teeth, she began to roll up her sleeves.

"What," Roarke asked from the doorway that connected their work areas, "is that?"

"The former bane of my existence. The Antichrist of technology. Do we have a hammer?"

Studying the pile on the floor, he walked in. "Several, I imagine, of various types."

"I want all of them. Tiny little hammers, big, wallbangers, and everything in between."

"Might one ask why?"

"I'm going to beat this thing apart, byte by byte, until there's nothing left but dust from the last trembling chip."

"Hmmm." Roarke crouched down, examined the pitifully out-of-date system. "When did you haul this mess in here?"

"Just now. I had it in the car. Maybe I should use acid, just stand here and watch it hiss and dissolve. That could be good."

Saying nothing, Roarke took a small case out of his pocket, opened it, and chose a slim tool. With a few deft moves, he had the housing open.

"Hey! Hey! What're you doing?"

"I haven't seen anything like this in a decade. Fascinating. Look at this corrosion. Christ, this is a SOC chip system. And it's cross-wired."

When he began to fiddle, she rushed over and slapped at his hands. "Mine. I get to kill it."

"Get a grip on yourself," he said absently and delved deeper into the guts. "I'll take this into research."

"No. Uh-uh. I have to bust it apart. What if it breeds?”
J.D. Robb, Witness in Death

Donald Ervin Knuth
“Science is what we understand well enough to explain to a computer; art is everything else.”
Donald E. Knuth, Things a Computer Scientist Rarely Talks About

E.A. Bucchianeri
“No one messes around with a nerd’s computer and escapes unscathed.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly,

Steve Wozniak
“Never trust a computer you can't throw out a window”
Steve Wozniak

Joseph Campbell
“Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.

We must be willing to get rid of the life we planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

I have bought this wonderful machine — a computer ... it seems to me to be an Old Testament god, with a lot of rules and no mercy.”
Joseph Campbell

Steve Jobs
“What a computer is to me is the most remarkable tool that we have ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.”
Steve Jobs

Stephen King
“I had been hobbled, perhaps even crippled by a pervasive internet society I had come to depend on and take for granted... hit enter and let Google, that twenty-first century Big Brother, take care of the rest.

In the Derry of 1958, the most up-to-date computers were the size of small housing developments, and the local paper was no help. What did that leave? I remembered a sociology prof I’d had in college - a sarcastic old bastard - who used to say, When all else fails, give up and go to the library.”
Stephen King, 11/22/63

Jaron Lanier
“Something like missionary reductionism has happened to the internet with the rise of web 2.0. The strangeness is being leached away by the mush-making process. Individual web pages as they first appeared in the early 1990S had the flavor of personhood. MySpace preserved some of that flavor, though a process of regularized formatting had begun. Facebook went further, organizing people into multiple-choice identities, while Wikipedia seeks to erase point of view entirely.

If a church or government were doing these things, it would feel authoritarian, but when technologists are the culprits, we seem hip, fresh, and inventive. People will accept ideas presented in technological form that would be abhorrent in any other form. It is utterly strange to hear my many old friends in the world of digital culture claim to be the true sons of the Renaissance without realizing that using computers to reduce individual expression is a primitive, retrograde activity, no matter how sophisticated your tools are.”
Jaron Lanier, You Are Not a Gadget

Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha
“Some people today are wandering generalities instead of meaningful specifics because they have failed to discover and mine the wealth of potentials in them.”
Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

Jaron Lanier
“The most important thing about a technology is how it changes people.”
Jaron Lanier

“You see, unlike most writers today, I do not use a computer. I write the old-fashioned way: on the walls of caves.”
Cuthbert Soup, Another Whole Nother Story

Benjamin R.  Smith
“When I was a kid, they had a saying, 'to err is human but to really fuck it up takes a computer.’ ”
Benjamin R. Smith, Atlas

“Writing is a lot like making soup. My subconscious cooks the idea, but I have to sit down at the computer to pour it out.”
Robin Wells

Greg Egan
“How does it feel to be seven thousand years old?"
"That depends."
"On what?"
"On how I want to feel.”
Greg Egan, Permutation City

Jazz Feylynn
“One two, one two,
Type a word or two.
Arrow left, arrow right,
Keep those fingers nice and tight.
Keys up, Keys down,
Move those digits all around.
One two, one two,
Type a word or two.”
Jazz Feylynn

Arno Allan Penzias
“Tα κομπιούτερ περιέχουν τόσο νοημοσύνη, όσο τα στερεοφωνικά συγκροτήματα περιέχουν μουσικά όργανα.”
Penzias arno

Isaac Asimov
“Δεν φοβάμαι τους ηλεκτρονικούς υπολογιστές. Φοβάμαι την έλλειψή τους.”

Seymour Papert
“In many schools today, the phrase "computer-aided instruction" means making the computer teach the child. One might say the computer is being used to program the child. In my vision, the child programs the computer and, in doing so, both acquires a sense of mastery over a piece of the most modern and powerful technology and establishes an intimate contact with some of the deepest ideas from science, from mathematics, and from the art of intellectual model building.”
Seymour Papert, Mindstorms: Children, Computers, And Powerful Ideas

“That doesn't upset too many people, but the fact that accessibility restrictions don't enter into the picture has caused more than one otherwise pacifistic soul to contemplate distinctly unpacifistic actions.”
Scott Meyers, Effective C++: 55 Specific Ways to Improve Your Programs and Designs

Agatha Christie
“I know there's a proverb which says, 'To err is human' but a human error is nothing to what a computer can do it if tries.”
Agatha Christie, Hallowe'en Party

Dee Lestari
“Untuk itulah ia membutuhkan teknologi, sekadar jadi pembatas buku dari halaman-halaman waktu.”
Dee Lestari, Supernova: Ksatria, Puteri, dan Bintang Jatuh

“Come into my parlour,’ said the computer to the specialist.”
McLuhan Marshal

“Learn All About Computer from First Generation to the Last Generation

A PC is a machine or gadget that performs cycles, calculations, and functions based on the guidelines provided by a product or equipment program. It can detect data (input), measure it, and then produce yield. PCs can similarly store data for later use of indomitable power gadgets and recover important keys. Current PCs are designed to provide a repository of applications and systems by integrating electronic gadgets used for web guessing, archiving, recording changes, application creation, computer games, and the tools connected to them. Taco Pedia has made it clear to computers that soon computerized electronic gadgets that could be identified as the main current PCs are the Kolas as below 1943-44, the German encryption machine Lorenz SZ 40/42K used to assist in military exchanges during World War II. Kansas was backed to break up.
The gadget used 2,400 vacuum cylinders to perform various Boolean intelligent tasks to uncover encoded data. Current PCs come in all shapes and sizes to play a wide range of different capabilities. Despite the severity, the first things that hit Jaraj are workspaces and PCs, various low-acceptance gadgets - for example, basic food item scanners, ATMs, and even conscious TVs. The proliferation of cell phones, game consoles, wearable, and an intelligent system has made PCs instantly accessible to us life. A PC has different parts and sections that encourage the client's utility. An authentic calculation was not for PC entertainment or email, but for urgent solutions.
By 1880, the U.S. population had grown so rapidly that it took more than seven years to classify U.S. registration results. The legislature sought a quick way to take care of the business by proposing to occupy the entire space and climb into five card-based PCs. Today, we have shown more obvious power in our cell phones than being accessible in these early models. A brief history with figures is how PCs moved from their modern beginnings to today's machines, despite the math, surfing the Internet, messing around, and transferring media.
1801: Joseph Marie Jacquard hypnotizes a loom in France, using structure cards naturally to weave structure schemes. Early PCs will use comparative punch cards. 1822: English mathematician Charles Babbage considers the steam-powered figure machine as an alternative to number table processing. This initiative, funded by the English government, is disappointing. More than a century later, as it were, the world's first PC was indeed built. 1890 Herman Hollerith plans a punch card structure to calculate the 1880 figure, achieving the task in just three years and surpassing five million dollars to the administration. He created a company that would eventually become IBM. 1936 Alan Turing introduces the concept of an all-encompassing machine, later known as the Turing machine, suitable for recording computing.
The central concept of the cutting edge PC depends on his thinking. 1936 Fourth State University Materials Science and Arithmetic J.V. Atamans has tried to make the original PC without closing, gear, cam, belt, or shaft.”

“She went out for dinner with the guy who fixed her computer. All evening long, she couldn't remember his name. But he smiled sweetly as he explained motherboards to her and asked her about her life. Adam, Brian, Chad. "I might go back for my master's," she said. David, Ethan, Fred? "But I'm not sure I'm really passionate about anything.”
Lauren Fox, Send for Me

Jean Baudrillard
“People tell you the computer is just a handier, more complex kind of typewriter. But that isn't true. The typewriter is an entirely external object. The page floats free, and so do I. I have a physical relation to writing. I touch the blank or written page with my eyes - something I cannot do with the screen.
The computer is a prosthesis. I have a tactile, intersensory relation to it. I become, myself, an ectoplasm of the screen.
And this, no doubt, explains, in this incubation of the virtual image and the brain, the malfunctions which afflict computers, and which are like the failings of one's own body.
On the other hand, the fact that priority belongs to the network and not to individuals implies the possibility of hiding, of disappearing into the intangible space of the Virtual, so that you cannot be pinned down anywhere, which resolves all problems of identity, not to mention those of alterity.
So, the attraction of all these virtual machines no doubt derives not so much from the thirst for information and knowledge as from the desire to disappear, and the possibility of dissolving oneself into a phantom conviviality.
A kind of 'high' that takes the place of happiness. But virtuality comes close to happiness only because it surreptitiously removes all reference from it. It gives you everything, but it subtly deprives you of everything at the same time. The subject is, in a sense, realized to perfection, but when realized to perfection, it automatically becomes object, and panic sets in.”
Jean Baudrillard, The Intelligence of Evil or the Lucidity Pact

Neil Postman
“To which I might add that questions about the psychic, political and social effects of information are as applicable to the computer as to television. Although I believe the computer to be a vastly overrated technology, I mention it here because, clearly, Americans have accorded it their customary mindless inattention; which means they will use it as they are told, without a whimper. Thus, a central thesis of computer technology—that the principal difficulty we have in solving problems stems from insufficient data—will go unexamined. Until, years from now, when it will be noticed that the massive collection and speed-of-light retrieval of data have been of great value to large-scale organizations but have solved very little of importance to most people and have created at least as many problems for them as they may have solved.”
Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Father having fun fixing PC: Mother bored.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Octavian Soviany
“Stau și acum
în fața calculatorului.
Dar nu mai trăiesc.
Bat doar în taste.
Iar ele sună a gol.”
Octavian Soviany, șaizecișișase

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