Quotes of the Week, Sept 29-Oct 3

"How can there be a level playing field if Microsoft goes around giving one PC vendor special treatment?" -- PC vendor on the Microsoft-Viglen co-branded PC.

"We have no plans at present to go flat-rate in the UK. We've gone live in the US but the networks, selling systems and other things are so different in each country that you have to address them individually." -- CompuServe spokesowman.

"A couple of years ago there were only a handful of Web design agencies - now the industry is worth approximately £100 million... Not only is the Internet providing real business benefits for existing UK SMEs, it is creating and sustaining a lot more at the same time." -- Nick Gibson, Internet analyst at Durlacher Research.

"If we had to do it all over again, there are things we would do better." -- Bill Gates criticises Microsoft's record in publishing.

"Without the Fool's invaluable and clear guide to investing I'd only have my AOL salary to survive on. As it is, I've been able to put food on the table and clothes on my back." -- AOL UK managing director, Jonathan Bulkeley, welcoming the Motley Fool online investment site's UK arrival.

"We're going to see this through. This is not a joking matter." -- WorldCom boss Bernard Ebbers on the hostile bid to snatch away MCI.

"Intel had been quiet about its direction for the future. This is a key announcement for the advancement of Intel architecture into the enterprise level of computing." -- DataQuest's Jerry Sheridan on Intel's purchase of Corollary.

"If we have [a commitment to support all of Java Development Kit 1.1], you will see both sides publicly support everything on Tuesday. If not, you'll see us take action against them." -- JavaSoft president Alan Baratz on guess who.

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