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

Related topics: Computers

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

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

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

 

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

Defect-free software does not exist.
- Wietse Venema

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Most of the effort in the software business goes into
the maintenance of code that already exists.
- Wietse Venema

So what I was essentially doing was,
I compromised the confidentiality of their proprietary
software to advance my agenda of becoming the best
at breaking through the lock.
- Kevin Mitnick

I developed some unique software to public it on the
web that I call the Folklore Project.
- Andy Hertzfeld

Software is like sex: it's better when it's free.
- Linus Torvalds

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

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

Is it possible that software is not like anything else,
that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point
is to always see it as a soap bubble?
- Alan Perlis

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

We decided that the French could never write user-friendly
software because they're so rude.
- Doug Coupland

I want people to use Perl.
I want to be a positive ingredient of the world and
make my American history.
So, whatever it takes to give away my software and get it used,
that's great.
- Larry Wall

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

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

I want to avoid locking people into solutions that work only with Postfix.
People should have a choice in what software they want to use with Postfix,
be it anti-virus or otherwise.
- Wietse Venema

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The software patent problem is not limited to Mono.
Software patents affect everyone writing software today.
- Miguel de Icaza

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

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

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

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

Software is like entropy.
It is difficult to grasp, weighs nothing,
and obeys the second law of thermodynamics;
i.e.
it always increases.
- Norman Ralph Augustine

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

I got bitten by the free software bug in February of
1998 around the time of the Mozilla announcement.
- Andy Hertzfeld

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

Writing software that's safe even in the presence of
bugs makes the challenge even more interesting.
- Wietse Venema

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

Software development is technical activity conducted by human beings.
- Niklaus Wirth

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

If Unix could present the same face,
the same capabilities,
on machines of many different types,
it could serve as a common software environment for all of them.
- Eric S. Raymond

Computers have become more friendly,
understandable,
and lots of years and thought have been put into developing
software to convince people that they want and need a computer.
- Roberta Williams

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

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

I have this hope that there is a better way.
Higher-level tools that actually let you see the structure
of the software more clearly will be of tremendous value.
- Guido van Rossum

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

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

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

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

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

Back in my day, I would probe by hand.
Now you can get commercial software that does the job for you.
- Kevin Mitnick

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

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

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

Venture capitalists are like lemmings jumping on the software bandwagon.
- Adam Osborne

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

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


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