Quotes of the Week, August 12-16

"We'd been using that since before Microsoft was in the Internet business and they just didn't want to know. They threatened that they'd get a cancellation of the mark in Illinois, as if they controlled the State of Illinois!

"We'd been using that since before Microsoft was in the Internet business and they just didn't want to know. They threatened that they'd get a cancellation of the mark in Illinois, as if they controlled the State of Illinois! All the time, the attitude has been 'We're the big guys, you're the little guys. We're going to stamp all over you'." - Synet founder Dirhen Rana on Microsoft's alleged hijacking of the Internet Explorer name.

"It's very much a short-term thing and... nothing to do with errata." - Intel spokeswoman on shortages of the 200MHz Pentium.

"There's some great stuff on the Internet but unless the people providing it are making money, it'll just be a load of ads. By charging [for] providing access to the best Web sites, we're paying people's toll on the Internet. At the moment there aren't many people who charge for access but people will have to make money." - CompuServe's Alan Scott on his firm's role.

"People who use a PC won't recognise it. Mobile data has been the Cinderella of communications. This is the first time people have got access to a single, compact product that is easy to use. There seems to be this fundamental problem whereby vendors think everybody understands the Internet, where in fact, nobody understands it. If you had to be a fighter aircraft pilot to drive, nobody would buy cars. With this, even my father could send and receive e-mail inside 20 seconds." - Nokia's Mark Squires on the 9000 Communicator.

"I figured there would be some bandwidth problems due to response but it's worse than I expected. I'm currently connected to a 56Kbit line. I started 15 minutes ago and the dialog says there are nearly fours left to complete the download." - US forum user on downloading Internet Explorer 3.0.

"We bit the bullet and said 'enough is enough'. We still manufacture our own boards and assemble in London but also we use Intel and other industry standard boards. It's very much a case of changing times What we needed then is not needed now." - Elonex's Michael Spiro on the end of system manufacturing in Scotland.

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