The Register December 23rd, 2006
This one had to go at the top of our story. Back before the iPhone was released, many people struggled to get their head around the idea of $600 fully subsidized cell phone. There were no apps, just the iTunes library which made the device an iPod, phone and what was called an internet device. Cellular data was slow and expensive. Apple saw the vision of an ecosystem that included apps, a high powered camera and video integration. It is hard to imagine that it has been only 10 years since this device was invented. Blackberry and Nokia owned the market and even Steve Ballmer, former CEO and Co-Founder of Microsoft laughed off the device in an interview when asked “What was your first thought when you saw the iPhone?”. In March 2017, Fortune estimates that there are over 715 million iPhones in circulation. Who remembers Windows Mobile?
Newsweek February 26th, 1995
“I think this internet thing is going to catch on”, a statement never uttered by Clifford Stroll from Newsweek back in 1995. In an article dated February 26th, 1995 Stroll wrote
“Visionaries see a future of telecommuting workers, interactive libraries and multimedia classrooms. They speak of electronic town meetings and virtual communities. Commerce and business will shift from offices and malls to networks and modems. And the freedom of digital networks will make government more democratic.
Baloney. Do our computer pundits lack all common sense? The truth in no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher and no computer network will change the way government works.”
Chicago Tribune May 6th, 2016
In this article, the author lists 10 reasons why Clinton will “sweep” to victory come election day. In the list number 7 started with “We’ve come up with six reasons Clinton will win without any effort on her part. When all you have to do is say, “I’m for adoption,” or, “No, the U.S. stands behind its obligations,” you are in really good shape.”