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Jamie Zawinski Quotes and Sayings

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Software Engineering might be science;
but that's not what I do.
I'm a hacker, not an engineer.
- Jamie Zawinski

I use a really simple calendar program on my computer.
- Jamie Zawinski

Because, you see, what I want to do is to commoditize the OS.
I want to have access to all the applications that
I need to do the things that I need to do,
regardless.
- Jamie Zawinski

My one purpose in life is to serve as a warning to others.
- Jamie Zawinski

 

I don't get much sense of reward from having discovered
how to get the Foo card to coexist with the Bar card.
- Jamie Zawinski

Mostly I use the O2 as an X terminal,
however, running my apps on Linux and displaying remotely.
- Jamie Zawinski

If you give a hacker a new toy, the first thing he'll
do is take it apart to figure out how it works.
- Jamie Zawinski

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And when the time comes to replace the O2 I have today,
maybe my next machine will run Linux.
- Jamie Zawinski

I eat and drink at my desk, but I'm a tidy eater.
- Jamie Zawinski

Linux is only free if your time has no value.
- Jamie Zawinski

Using these toolkits is like trying to make a bookshelf out of mashed potatoes.
- Jamie Zawinski

I think Linux is a great thing, in the big picture.
It's a great hacker's tool, and it has a lot of potential
to become something more.
- Jamie Zawinski

I think Linux is a great thing, because Linux is an alternative to Windows,
and because, of all the operating systems that are at all relevant today,
Unix is the best of a bad lot.
- Jamie Zawinski

See, unlike most hackers, I get little joy out of figuring
out how to install the latest toy.
- Jamie Zawinski

On the other hand, there would be some value in different
folks getting together to share expertise and technology;
but to the listener,
it wouldn't necessarily seem like a single station
in the traditional sense.
- Jamie Zawinski

Why should someone have to retrain themselves to use
a new application that does the same basic thing as the old application,
just because something as trivial as the operating
system changed out from under them?
- Jamie Zawinski

Of course, all of the software I write runs on Linux;
that's the beauty of standards,
and of cross-platform code.
I don't have to run your OS, and you don't have to run mine,
and we can use the same applications anyway!
- Jamie Zawinski

Software comes from heaven when you have good hardware.
- Ken Olsen

In software systems it is often the early bird that makes the worm.
- Alan Perlis

As a rule, software systems do not work well until they have been used,
and have failed repeatedly, in real applications.
- Dave Parnas

We're entering a new world in which data may be more important than software.
- Tim O'Reilly

People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.
- Alan Kay

When I write software, I know that it will fail,
either due to my own mistake, or due to some other cause.
- Wietse Venema

It's hardware that makes a machine fast.
It's software that makes a fast machine slow.
- Craig Bruce

Most people treat the office manual the way they treat a software manual.
They never look at it.
- James Levine

Reading computer manuals without the hardware is as
frustrating as reading manuals without the software.
- Arthur C. Clarke

Every piece of software written today is likely going
to infringe on someone else's patent.
- Miguel de Icaza

I just became one with my browser software.
- Bill Griffith

Shareware tends to combine the worst of commercial
software with the worst of free software.
- Linus Torvalds

Defect-free software does not exist.
- Wietse Venema

The Postfix security model is based on keeping software simple and stupid.
- Wietse Venema

The scanning of barcodes, or the reading of RFID transponders,
generates data that is used in a software package to
provide management or control information.
- Mike Marsh

None of our competitors have ever made two systems
that run the same software.
- Trip Hawkins

There is no neat distinction between operating system
software and the software that runs on top of it.
- Jim Allchin

You get the software you pay for.
In every sense.
To the nth degree.
That's the way the world works.
- Dave Winer

While the creative works from the 16th century can
still be accessed and used by others,
the data in some software programs from the 1990s is already inaccessible.
- Lawrence Lessig

Qmail out of the box works fine, so people will want
to use it regardless of licensing restrictions,
even when the software does not ship with their system software.
- Wietse Venema

From day one our next generation system will run all our exsisting software -
so that gives us a head start.
- Trip Hawkins

We also had good software in the key categories and
more focus on the gameplaying capability,
so more of the marketing effort was targeted at game customers.
- Trip Hawkins

Diaspora starts about a thousand years from now.
Most of human civilisation has moved inside computers;
essentially,
a major branch of our descendants consists of conscious software.
- Greg Egan

Any good software engineer will tell you that a compiler
and an interpreter are interchangeable.
- Tim Berners-Lee

We can provide beta software to our developers in advance of the general public.
We can easily link up with external partners,
customers, and suppliers.
- Jim Barksdale

I think it is important for software to avoiding imposing
a cognitive style on workers and their work.
- Edward Tufte

Interactive computers and software will,
I think, provide a less costly method of doing some kinds of inquiry,
in knowledge acquisition and even reasoning and interaction.
- Roy Romer

My reply is: the software has no known bugs,
therefore it has not been updated.
- Wietse Venema

This will surprise some of your readers,
but my primary interest is not with computer security.
I am primarily interested in writing software that works as intended.
- Wietse Venema

All software sucks.
- Alan Cox

Any editing, software work, and mail is done in this exported Plan 9.
- Dennis Ritchie

As every new breed of virus is conceived,
created and released into the wild, another small change
is made to the anti-virus software to combat the new threat.
- Glenn Turner

Indeed, the woes of Software Engineering are not due to lack of tools,
or proper management, but largely due to lack of sufficient technical competence.
- Niklaus Wirth

Whether it's Google or Apple or free software,
we've got some fantastic competitors and it keeps us on our toes.
- Bill Gates

I really think it is amazing that people actually buy software.
- Bill Budge

So far, Indian companies have focused more on customer application.
This needs to shift to packaged software for sectors
such as banking and financial services.
- Sanjay Kumar

You know, IBM was almost knocked out of the box by
other types of computer software and manufacturing.
- Roy Romer

Fighting patents one by one will never eliminate the
danger of software patents,
any more than swatting mosquitoes will eliminate malaria.
- Richard Stallman

Then people started using it more and more and it became
the most downloaded software on the internet.
- Niklas Zennstrom

We've been in the Mac software business for more than 20 years.
And it's been a great business for us.
- Scott Erickson

I don't believe in government regulation of the software industry.
- Jim Barksdale

Digital art software has empowered both the painterly side of photographers,
and the photographer side of painters.
- Buffy Sainte-Marie

People enjoy the interaction on the Internet,
and the feeling of belonging to a group that does something interesting:
that's how some software projects are born.
- Linus Torvalds

I'm not saying we purposely introduced bugs or anything,
but this is kind of a natural result of any complexities of software...
that you can't fully test it.
- Will Wright

Like all software, Qmail can survive only when it keeps
up with changing requirements.
- Wietse Venema

The challenge with Postfix, or with any piece of software,
is to update software without introducing problems.
- Wietse Venema

Our technology is very scalable.
Our software can accommodate enormous numbers of clients.
It's a marvelous opportunity.
We'll keep developing products.
- Jay Chiat

Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later.
- Frederick P. Brooks, Jr.

The days when you needed amazing Silicon Graphics machines
to run animation software are gone now.
- Dave Rowntree

I think software patents are a bad idea.
Many patents are given for trivial inventions.
- Larry Wall

For many people my software is something that you install and forget.
I like to keep it that way.
- Wietse Venema

It's probably fair to say that the ratio of time our
Connector developers spend in the debugger versus the
Emacs buffer is higher than with most software.
- Nat Friedman

I was trying to figure out what to do next,
I'd been accumulating ideas for productivity tools -
software people could use every day,
particularly to help organize their lives.
- Mitch Kapor

With bundled machines you can throw away the hardware and keep the software,
and it's still a good buy.
- Adam Osborne


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