January 05, 2001, 11:52 AM — IT'S THAT TIME of the year again, time to reveal some of the interesting, funny and downright stupid comments that issued from the mouths of the great, the good and the not-so-good in the IT industry during 2000.
It was a year in which the Internet dot-com bubble well and truly burst, Napster and peer-to-peer networking became household names, and technology lawsuits and viruses kept a-flying.
"I hope they can amend the (U.S.) constitution to let Bill Clinton run again... I'm very fond of Bill Clinton personally... the world's going to miss him. He's gifted, bright, charming and charismatic." -- Oracle chairman and chief executive officer Larry Ellison comes up with a solution to the stalled U.S. presidential election. (Nov. 14)
'Don't we get a recount too?" -- Hewlett-Packard chairman, CEO and president Carly Fiorina referring to unexpectedly poor fourth-quarter financial results in her Comdex keynote address with an allusion to the Florida recounts in the U.S. presidential election. (Nov. 14.)
Show me the money
"Clap if you are interested in personal wealth!" -- Pat Sueltz, president of Sun Microsystems' software products and platform division, telling developers at the JavaOne conference that Java equals money. This was before the dot-com market meltdown really hit home and Sun started preferring to be known as the 'o' in "old economy," not its tagline, "the dot in dot-com." (June 7.)
Hack my system, please
"[Microsoft] Reader has very strong encryption; we've been out [with the product for] three weeks, so far, so good. We aimed high -- I said I wanted one week [without being hacked] at least." -- Dick Brass, Microsoft's vice president of technology development. (Aug. 28.)
So, you can make up your mind?
"People ask me, 'Dale, why don't you change the name back to Borland?' But there's a lot of brand equity in Inprise, too. If I change the name again, it'll be, 'What, you can't make up your mind?'" -- Dale Fuller, at that time Inprise/Borland's interim CEO and president, on his company's name. Fuller then went on to have a change of heart in November when the software vendor once again changed its name ... back to Borland. (July 11.)
Who's been going through my garbage?