Quotes of the Week, September 16-20

"We're not sure where Hassall got the idea that this article was suggesting that individuals go and change their registry settings. All versions of this article have been absolutely clear that we want Microsoft to change its marketing and licensing of NT, not for individuals to sidestep the Microsoft license agreement.

"We're not sure where Hassall got the idea that this article was suggesting that individuals go and change their registry settings. All versions of this article have been absolutely clear that we want Microsoft to change its marketing and licensing of NT, not for individuals to sidestep the Microsoft license agreement. We have deliberately refrained from giving instructions for changing NTW 4.0 into NTS 4.0." - Andrew Schulman, author of the notorious Differences Between NT Server and Workstation are Minimal" article on Microsoft UK's Mark Hassall's response.

"It was a mistake." - Hassall on the discovery of a rogue executable that wipes NT 4.0 system settings.

"[The PC model is] giving everybody a CD and a floppy, allowing everybody to load a virus onto the network." - Sun CEO, Scott McNealy.

"Garbage... [It was] basically our own fault. We have not made information available to people, and it's hurting us. But it is simply nonsense; I can give you a point by point rebuttal of that report, and pick out the BS from it, and we've already sat the report writer down and explained what's really going on." - New Novell chief Joe Marengi on a Forrester report claiming the firm is "no longer strategic".

"I'll call it Norman from now." - Adaptec's Adam Silver on FireWire, or 1394 FireWire, or IEEE 1394.

"Don't listen to Bill Gates's words, look at our financial results. You'll find we're doing fine thank

you very much, in spite of Bill Gates' pontifications to the contrary." - Netscape's Jim Clark.

"Microsoft seems to have zero creative juices going. It has to copy everyone else. It should try developing something itself." - Clark again.

"Its a natural match for Internet downloads." - Hayes' Bill Pechey on 56Kbps modems.

"We're just the plumbers." - Bill Gates on suggestions that Microsoft owns the Internet.

"We had disk encryption way back but it didn't sell. People wanted the documentation and the disks. If I downloaded Microsoft Office I'd still want the documentation and the disks to reformat my hard drive. We've already got lots of downloadable demonstrations but that's all. In 12-18 months you could click on an application and download it. It's feasible." - Software Warehouse's Steve Bennett on selling software online.

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