Gates' prescience

I read an interesting article in Information Week about the future viability of spam.

Bill Gates is quoted as saying,

Two years from now, spam will be solved, and a lot of progress [will be made] this year.

Good news all around! No more spam by 2010. Oh, wait a sec, the article is from January 2004. Never mind.

I wonder about this guy. He manages to say things that really don’t work out. To be fair, he claims he never said “640K ought to be enough for anybody” and I’ve been unable to find a verifiable citation to prove him wrong.

Still though, there are plenty of other quotes. This small sample is courtesy of WikiQuotes:

“I believe OS/2 is destined to be the most important operating system, and possibly program, of all time.”

“There are no significant bugs in our released software that any significant number of users want fixed.”

“We will never make a 32-bit operating system.”

“There are people who don’t like capitalism, and people who don’t like PCs. But there’s no one who likes the PC who doesn’t like Microsoft.”

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