Top tech quotes of 2010

As 2010 draws to a close we flipped through our reporters' notebooks to find the more memorable quotes and 'did he really say that?' moments


As 2010 draws to a close we flipped through our reporters' notebooks to find the more memorable quotes and 'did he really say that?' moments. Here they are in no particular order.

The 'third category' arrives

"In order to really create a new category of devices, those devices are going to have to be far better at doing some key tasks. ... Better than a laptop, better than the smartphone. What kind of tasks? Well, things like browsing the web, doing email, enjoying and sharing photographs, watching videos, enjoying your music collection, playing games, reading eBooks. If there's going to be a third category of device, it's going to have to be better at these kinds of tasks than a laptop or smartphone. Otherwise it has no reason for being. Now some people have thought that's a netbook. The problem is netbooks aren't better at anything. They're slow, they have low-quality displays and they run clunky old PC software. So they're not better than a laptop at anything, they are just cheaper. ... And we don't think they are a third category of device. We think we've got something that is. And we'd like to show it to you today for the first time. We call it the iPad."

Apple CEO Steve Jobs, at the January 27 introduction of the iPad.

Scott McNealy on Larry, capitalism, and Larry

"Do I have a problem with Larry Ellison buying Sun? No, that's part of the capitalist system. As soon as we go public we're for sale, that's part of the deal. And do I have a problem with him exercising his intellectual property rights? No, I don't have a problem with that. Would it be how we necessarily ran and operated? Obviously not."

Scott McNealy at the PostgreSQL conference in November, giving his first speech after Oracle acquired Sun.

"I don't know what he's thinking, I just know he's not a huge fan of sharing. So would I count on more releases to the community of any code Oracle paid for engineering going forward? I wouldn't count on it. I'm not saying some code might not escape Oracle's labs into the community, but only if Larry doesn't know about it would be my guess."

McNealy at the same conference talking about Ellison and open-source software.

"We're talking about capitalism and I'm a raging capitalist, I'm a total believer. It creates what I call national economic heroes - tax payers. They're not evil. They're heroes. The Mineta Airport shouldn't be named after [politician] Norm Mineta, he paid hardly any taxes and spent a lot. It should be the Larry Ellison airport because he's a national economic hero."

McNealy, still at PostgreSQL, on capitalism.

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