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The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do.
by Ted Nelson

The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do.
The bad news is that they do what you tell them to do.
- Ted Nelson

Related topics: Computers

The four walls of paper are like a prison because every
idea wants to spring out in all directions -
everything is connected with everything else,
sometimes more than others.
- Ted Nelson

What we now call the browser is whatever defines the web.
What fits in the browser is the World Wide Web and
a number of trivial standards to handle that so that the content comes.
- Ted Nelson

I was very intensely concerned with all kinds of new media.
- Ted Nelson

 

So in my uncertainty, I went to graduate school and there it all happened.
- Ted Nelson

So, what you can do in Microsoft Word is what Bill Gates has decided.
What you can do in Oracle Database is what Larry Ellison
and his crew have decided.
- Ted Nelson

So, I was always frustrated having to write and having to cut things.
Why should you have to cut anything?
- Ted Nelson

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I thought I was going to be a filmmaker but at the
same time I was an intellectual and I felt that I could
make a contribution to some field,
as yet, not invented.
- Ted Nelson

Computers are hierarchical.
We have a desktop and hierarchical files which have to mean everything.
- Ted Nelson

In my second year in graduate school,
I took a computer course and that was like lightening striking.
- Ted Nelson

So, that notion of hypertext seemed to me immediately
obvious because footnotes were already the ideas wriggling,
struggling to get free, like a cat trying to get out of your arms.
- Ted Nelson

They were saying computers deal with numbers.
This was absolutely nonsense.
Computers deal with arbitrary information of any kind.
- Ted Nelson

Project Xanadu is essentially my trademark.
It was originally, and has returned to my arms as that.
- Ted Nelson

But it seemed to me that as soon as you have computer
storage you could put every point you wanted in -
make the ones that are less relevant to your central topic,
further away or allow the central topic to move as the reader proceeded.
- Ted Nelson

I am looking at it from the point of view of a harried user,
which I am, and I believe that I am much more like
the typical non-technical harried user than I am like
the people who smoothly operate everything.
- Ted Nelson

The point is that these decisions they've made are
partly for your convenience and partly for theirs and
partly out of stereotypes that they carry with them
from the conventions of the computer field.
- Ted Nelson

The ideas keep going, you have the material,
you cut because there's a limit to the space allowed to you.
And the space is limited because of some other constraints
that have to do with money or printing or whatever.
- Ted Nelson

So, the point was to be able to have a medium that
would record all the connections and all the structures
and all the thoughts that paper could not.
Since the computer could hold any structure in any form,
this was the way to go.
- Ted Nelson

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves
to recognize how good things really are.
- Marianne Williamson

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

Write your Sad times in Sand,
Write your Good times in Stone.
- George Bernard Shaw

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

He who can no longer pause to wonder
and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead;
his eyes are closed.
- Albert Einstein

A true friend is someone who
thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that
you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

The River of Life has no meaning,
no good, no bad, no better, no worse,
no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is nothing either good or bad,
but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

Regrets are the tears of good deeds left undone
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You have enemies? Good.
That means you've stood up for something,
sometime in your life.
- Winston Churchill

Play to win, but be a good loser.
Have a plan for your life,
but accept whatever comes your way
with grace and gratitude.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No good comes from hurrying.
- Yiddish Proverb

There is more value in a very good painting
that is completed and on display,
than in an excellent painting
that is still in the artist's studio,
or perhaps still in his mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Start living now.
Stop saving the good china
for that special occasion.
Stop withholding your love
until that special person materializes.
Every day you are alive is a special occasion.
Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God.
- Mary Manin Morrissey

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours.
- Irish Blessing

The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor
to be what you desire to appear.
- Socrates

Good works are links that form a chain of love.
- Mother Teresa

If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it.
It is much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.
- Grace Hopper

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression
and cruelty by the bad people
but the silence over that by the good people.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care
for people will hear them and be influenced
by them for good or ill.
- The Buddha

Fighting not good. But if must fight... win.
- Miyagi: character in the movie The Next Karate Kid

A good example is the best sermon.
- Benjamin Franklin

Not life, but good life,
is to be chiefly valued.
- Socrates

No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
- Abraham Lincoln

Good Endings precede Good Beginnings.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am not interested in power for power's sake,
but I'm interested in power that is moral,
that is right and that is good.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Be not merely good; be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is not enough to have a good mind,
the main thing is to use it well.
- Rene Descartes

The only good luck many great men ever had was
being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
- Channing Pollock

If I am not for myself,
who will be for me?
Yet if I am for myself alone,
of what good am I?
- Hillel

There are times, sir, when men of good conscience
cannot blindly follow orders.
- Captain Picard, STAR TREK: The Next Generation

I live to experience something new each day -
to learn something new,
meet a new friend,
bring joy into someone's life,
feel the wind newly on my skin,
touch a new fear, a new anger,
and with focused intent and good fortune,
find an ample measure of my own joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
- John D. Rockefeller

Many a man fails as an original thinker
simply because his memory is too good.
- Nietzsche

Far from idleness being the root of all evil,
it is rather the only true good.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news.
The good news is that you don't know how great you can be!
How much you can love!
What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!
- Anne Frank

Great and good are seldom the same man.
- Winston Churchill

Good things come in small packages.
- old proverb

A man's good name is his best monument
- from an old churchyard at Lockerbie, Scotland

One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life
comes from being happy over the good fortune of others.
- Robert A. Heinlein

This time, like all times, is a very good one,
if we but know what to do with it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others,
you should put a good deal of thought
into the happiness that you are able to give.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

If the problem can be solved,
there is no use worrying about it.
If it can't be solved,
worrying will do no good.
- Tibetan proverb

Be careful not to do your good deeds
when there's no one watching you.
- Tom Lehrer

When I do good, I feel good.
When I do bad, I feel bad.
That's my religion.
- Abraham Lincoln

The bad news is time flies.
The good news is you're the pilot.
- Michael Althsuler

Anyone who proposes to do good
must not expect people to roll stones out of his way,
but must accept his lot calmly,
even if they roll a few stones upon it.
- Albert Schweitzer

A good question is never answered.
It is not a bolt to be tightened into place
but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed
toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.
- John Ciardi

In spite of everything, I still believe
that people are really good at heart.
I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation
consisting of confusion, misery and death.
- Anne Frank


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