In this post, you will find great Computer Quotes from famous people, such as Brendan Myers, Jeff Kinney, Christian Marclay, Philipp Meyer, Bill Bryson. You can learn and implement many lessons from these quotes.
You don’t even have to leave your house: you do your work from your house; you can order anything you want from your house; you don’t have to leave your chair. Everything’s been designed so that you never leave your computer chair.
The biggest hurdle to writing Fargo Rock City was that I couldn’t afford a home computer – I had to get a new job so I could buy a computer. It could all change though. In five years, I could be back at some daily newspaper, which wouldn’t be so bad.
There is a computer disease that anybody who works with computers knows about. It’s a very serious disease and it interferes completely with the work. The trouble with computers is that you ‘play’ with them!
So, the point was to be able to have a medium that would record all the connections and all the structures and all the thoughts that paper could not. Since the computer could hold any structure in any form, this was the way to go.
The Internet has become a tool to pick on people and ruin someone’s life. I don’t think parents realize what’s going on. Just because you’re not at school doesn’t mean kids aren’t harassing you on the computer.
‘Mean’ is a song I wrote about somebody who wrote things that were so mean so many times that it would ruin my day. Then it would ruin the next day. And it would level me so many times, I just felt like I was being hit in the faceevery time this person would take to their computer.
What a lot of people don’t realise about me is that I have no idea what’s going on in the media. I don’t pay any attention to it, as I consider it mindpollution. The last time I touched a computer was in 2001, and my phone is too old to use the Internet. I just don’t enter into it at all on any level.
With the computer and stuff, the difference between a rich guy and a poor guy, to me, is nothing. Because I don’t like big houses, I don’t drive a car, so you know, I just live in a small apartment and I have my computer, which is really cool.
Given that I have to share my computer with my three children, it’s not usually a site that I get to spend that much time on. I’m usually on the Nickelodeon site, coloring with my little five year old or something.
I like animals. I like people who like animals. I hate people who love animals to the point they lose their sense of reason. I’m talking the ‘my computer wallpaper is my dog,’ ‘I hang a Christmasstocking for my cat‘ crowd.
Computer games tend to be boys’ games, warlike games with more violence. We have not spentenough time thinking through how to encourage more girls to be involved in computing before coming to college so they can see a possible career in information technology.
Well, I’ve been recording myself on a computer since I was about 13 or 14. So it’s completely entwined with my creative process. Essentially, it allows you to make music that’s better and smarter than you are, by using your ears to lead the way.
I won’t do advertising if they bring a layout and say, ‘This is what we want to do,’ because anybody can do that; it’s not interesting. They’ve got digital and the computer; it’s not taking pictures, it’s not magic – it’s a picture done by committee.
I use a really simple calendar program on my computer.
My hacking involved pretty much exploring computer systems and obtaining access to the source code of telecommunication systems and computer operating systems, because my goal was to learn all I can about security vulnerabilities within these systems.
I think I have broken the mould that actresses have to be extremely thin on screen. All those who are making my weight an issue just prove that people are jealous. These are people who have nothing to do in life except to stare at their computer screens and make comments on us.
When I first started writing, it was me alone with a computer in my apartment. I hated the time away from other people, and my writing sucked. Now I have a laptop; I can do the most tedious part of my job in a public place.
People don’t want to talk about death, just like they don’t want to talk about computer security. Maybe I should have named my workstation Fear. People are so motivated by fear.
My mind doesn’t work, my memories don’t work like a computer file where I can just retrieve them and, boy, there it is. My mind is selective in terms of memories. When I try to think back to college or high school, there are gaps. I try to fill them in. But I can’t tell you it’s always the truth.
‘Cyberspace’ is a metaphorical idea which is supposed to be the space where your consciousness is located when you’re using computer technology on the Internet, for example, and I’m not entirely sure it’s such a useful term, but I think that’s what most people mean by it.
I founded an educational software company called Knowledge Revolution. We had the first fully animated physicslab on the computer. You could take ropes, pulleys, balls and anything else you’d use in your physics textbook and the program would allow you to build anything you can think of in a physics lab.
The main difference between listening to music on a computer and listening to music on vinyl or disc is not sound quality or even portability; it’s that when you listen to music on a computer, you listen to music on the same instrument you use to acquire it.
I’m also very impressed with the best people in experimental electronic world, like Peta and Eckart Aillers and Finez and Jim O’Rourke and Oren Umbarci and Francesco Lopez. Most of them use the computer as their main instrument.
In 1975 I met Alison Brown and in 1982 we were married. She works for Cornell Computer Services.
Kenneth G. Wilson
Cloud Gaming means that the game doesn’t need to be downloaded and run on your computer; it literally means the game runs out on the Internet, in the cloud, with the experience being streamed to the players.
Our kids are actually doing what we told them to do when they sit in front of that TV all day or in front of that computer game all day. The society is telling kids unconsciously that nature’s in the past. It really doesn’t count anymore, that the future is in electronics, and besides, the bogeyman is in the woods.
I listen more to music when I’m on my computer. I’m into the latest YouTube thing. I’m a nanosecond kind of listener, but if I’m driving I would be listening to a Merle Haggard box set. It’s a weird experience listening to ‘Working ManBlues‘ by Merle Haggard and cruising around in a Porsche.
I have all of the Apple products. Everything I’ve ever written, I’ve written on a Mac. My first computer, my roommates and I chipped in, and we got that first Macintosh – 128K. It had as much memory as a greetingcard that plays music.
At the beginning of this album I discovered the computer and had great fun playing with the thing. And I realized that, not being a good keyboard player, I could write things in very small sections, give them a certain feel and mess about with bends on the keyboard.
I work full-time in a used bookstore. I get up. I drink a cup of coffee. I think, The last thing I want to do is write. Then I go to the computer and write.
When I went into the computer shop to change my last laptop, the 19-year-old kid behind the counter looked at my six-year-old model and described it as ‘vintage.’ ‘Vintage?’ I wanted to scream. ‘Son, I’ve got shirts older than you! I own underpants that have seen more of the world!’
The United States has an unfair advantage, as most of the popular cloud services, search engines, computer and mobile operating systems or web browsers are made by U.S. companies. When the rest of the world uses the net, they are effectively using U.S.-based services, making them a legal target for U.S. intelligence.
If you’re sitting in your minivan, playing your computer animated films for your children in the back seat, is it the animation that’s entertaining you as you drive and listen? No, it’s the storytelling. That’s why we put so much importance on story. No amount of great animation will save a bad story.
When David Marr at MIT moved into computer vision, he generated a lot of excitement, but he hit up against the problem of knowledge representation; he had no good representations for knowledge in his vision systems.
At that point, which would be around February 2002, they came and they confiscated my computer, because, they said, they were suspecting that I was communicating with certain Senatemembers and taking this issue outside the Bureau.
Graphic design, which evokes the symmetria of Vituvius, the dynamic symmetry of Hambidge, the asymmetry of Mondrian; which is a good gestalt, generated by intuition or by computer, by invention or by a system of coordinates, is not good design if it does not communicate.
I’m very lazy when it comes to making the original sound. I don’t go through amplifiers and different compressors and signalparts. I just grab something, whether its an old guitar or a children’s toy that happens to be lying around, and record it straight into the computer.
Before I lost my voice, it was slurred, so only those close to me could understand, but with the computer voice, I found I could give popular lectures. I enjoy communicating science. It is important that the public understands basic science, if they are not to leave vitaldecisions to others.
A smartphone is a computer – it’s not built using a computer – the job it does is the job of being a computer. So, everything we say about computers, that the software you run should be free – you should insist on that – applies to smart phones just the same. And likewise to those tablets.
I’m not aware of a cadence when writing, but I hear it after. I write in longhand, and that helps. You’re closer to it, and you have to cross things out. You put a line through it, but it’s still there. You might need it. When you erase a line on a computer, it’s gone forever.
A family living at the poverty level is unlikely to be able to afford a computer at home. Even with a computer, access to the Internet is another significantexpense. A child might borrow a book from a public library; but it is not possible to take a computer home.
In some industry markets, high quality can be tied to making more money, but I am sure by now all of us know the computer industry is not like that.
Theo de Raadt
Most of the best writing, the most creative writing, the most interesting, the most out-of-the-box kind of stuff, is being done on cable, you know, and on the computer. I mean, whatever it is, Amazon or Netflix or something. Because they’re just willing to take chances, you know, and there’s a market for it.
I’m not a Luddite, but I’m outside more than I’m on my computer. We have a micro-farm – it’s a step up from a garden. We have a pretty extensivevineyard. We grow about 60 percent of our own food, make our own wine, have chickens for eggs.
A movie I must have seen 10 times is ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull.’ It’s an old movie, but still such a beautiful message. If I had only one film I could take on my computer on a desert island, I would take ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull.’
Even when I was studying mathematics, physics, and computer science, it always seemed that the problem of consciousness was about the most interesting problem out there for science to come to grips with.
The computer is not, in our opinion, a good model of the mind, but it is as the trumpet is to the orchestra – you really need it. And so, we have very massive simulations in computers because the problem is, of course, very complex.
I did not grow up around computers, so technology was not a tool used every day in my household. I was drawn to computer science due to the creative nature of programming and the technology focus.
The first draft of everything, I write longhand. One of the nice things about that is that it makes you keep going. If you write a bad sentence on the computer, then it’s very tempting to go back and fidget with it and spend another 20 minutes trying to make it into a good sentence.
I’ve written books as acts of discovery: things I need to know and that I need to touch. And it’s very dangerous work to deal with the most toxicinternal elements… I feel like Madame Curie at my computer. I feel like I should be hemorrhaging from my eyes and ears.
A computer shall not harm your work or, through inaction, allow your work to come to harm.
Even with a computer, I can’t get rid of all the papers in my life.
A lot of these kids I think are more content just to be on Facebook and the computer than they are to actually go out. They just really want to get a picture to post to their buddies, and that’s about it.
If you think about computer programming, it’s as antisocial as it gets.
It used to be that artists thought of nature as their environment. Now media is our environment. It has been for the past 50, 70 years. It’s what you see on TV, on the computer, what is in the magazines and newspapers.
Interestingly, ‘October Sky’ is an anagram of ‘Rocket Boys’, the same letters just moved around. This was discovered by director Joe Johnston using an anagram program on his computer.
What is Oracle? A bunch of people. And all of our products were just ideas in the heads of those people – ideas that people typed into a computer, tested, and that turned out to be the best idea for a database or for a programming language.
Google docs and spreadsheets don’t work if you’re on an airplane. But it’s a technical problem that is going to get solved. Eventually you will be able to work on a plane as if you are connected and, then when you get reconnected to the Internet, your computer will just synchronize with the cloud.
In the early stages of negotiation software, on your smartphone, there may be programs that listen to the pitch of a voice, or that test for stress. You’ll just ask the program, ‘Was he lying? Was he eager to do business with me?’ Maybe the computer will be right sixty per cent of the time.
Defending against military-strength malware is a real challenge for the computer security industry. Furthermore, the security industry is not global. It is highly focused in just a handful of countries. The rest of the countries rely on foreign security labs to provide their everyday digital security for them.
I really, really like ‘In Rainbows.’ But I also really like ‘OK Computer’ as a sort of flipside to that. ‘Reckoner’ is my favorite, just my favorite Radiohead song. That, ‘Idioteque,’ and ‘Pyramid Song’ are my top three.
We want to make it so that anyone, anywhere – a child growing up in ruralIndia who never had a computer – can go to a store, get a phone, get online, and get access to all of the same things that you and I appreciate about the Internet.
I think the only reason people use PCs is because they have to. Mac is the most streamlined computer there is. I started using the Mac in college because I was doing editing, and they were the only computers we could use to do that.
The truth is, there’s an information blockade in America, and it must be broken. In order to find crucial facts, numbers and outside perspectives, a person must spend an hour searching and cross-searching on the computer.
The computer industry began with home-brew boxes that everyone had to program for themselves, but that was a huge hassle. The computer revolution didn’t explodeuntil the first Macintosh arrived, with its point-and-click simplicity.
I think the brain is essentially a computer and consciousness is like a computer program. It will cease to run when the computer is turned off. Theoretically, it could be re-created on a neural network, but that would be very difficult, as it would require all one’s memories.
I realized that you could formulate theories about human and social phenomena in language and pictures and whatever you wanted on the computer, and you didn’t have to go through this straitjacket, adding a lot of numbers.
American computer science grads often have very little exposure to the human condition. They’ve rarely had manual labor or service jobs. They grow up in a bubble of privilege lulled into thinking this country is a true meritocracy.
Maths is fundamentally a different process in education than it is in the real world. There is an insistence that we do maths by hand when most of it is done by computers. The idea that you have to do everything by hand before you can operate a computer is nonsense.
I didn’t have a computer until I was 19 – but I did have an abacus.
But there is a process that happens when you’re making something, be it a musical or a new play. That process takes time, and mistakes will be made along the way, and you will go down and hit dead ends. But it is so public now. Any yahoo with a computer can start a firestorm.
Tip-of-the-tongue syndrome is when people almost remember something but need a computer, or someone else, to help them find it. The problem is, our brains have always been terrible at rememberingdetails. They were like that way before the Internet came along.
I can’t read a computer screen and never use a calculator. It’s all in my head and by hand.
I always loved both ‘Breakout‘ and ‘Asteroids’ – I thought they were really good games. There was another game called ‘Tempest‘ that I thought was really cool, and it represented a really hard technology. It’s probably one of the only colour-vector screens that was used in the computer graphics field at that time.
You show people playing poker or hacking into a computer; it feels so significant in the script, and then when you see it on the screen, it loses something. But there’s something about cooking – food being prepared is incredibly captivating. It became just a fun box of tools to use as a director.
I’m fortunate in that I’m a lecturer too and this gets me out and about and away from the computer. I also have loads of friends all around the world, plus a core group of special people in my life that I can lean on, chat to, or just hang with.
We created the hierarchical, pyramidal, managerial system because we needed it to keep track of people and things people did; with the computer to keep track, we can restructure our institutions horizontally.
I am not one of these people who spend a ton of time in front on my computer; I see it as very utilitarian.
I learned to work on a computer years before I was placed under house arrest. Fortunately I had two laptops when I was under house arrest – one an Apple and one a different operating system. I was very proud of that because I know how to use both systems.
Whatever you may be thinking when you apply for a job today, you can be sure the employer is asking this: Can this person add value every hour, every day – more than a worker in India, a robot or a computer? Can he or she help my company adapt by not only doing the job today but also reinventing the job for tomorrow?
Originally, I was in both software and in online computing. The first innovation really was sort of at that time that we’re marrying the telephone and the computer so that people wouldn’t have to drive to the computer center. We didn’t have $1,000 computers.
All forms of contact are good: letters, parcels, e-mails – I’ve been trying to get a Webcam for my computer, but I’m such a Luddite.
Sit down at your computer or open your nearest mobile device and Google these words: ‘Directed by.’ What’s the first predictive text that comes up? MartinScorsese? Quentin Tarantino? Ingmar Bergman? Chances are the first name Google suggested was Robert B. Weide. That’s me. Sort of.
People are so bad at driving cars that computers don’t have to be that good to be much better. Any time you stand in line at the D.M.V. and look around, you’re like, Oh, my God, I wish all these people were replaced by computer drivers.
The most important application of quantum computing in the future is likely to be a computer simulation of quantum systems, because that’s an application where we know for sure that quantum systems in general cannot be efficiently simulated on a classical computer.
One of the big first computers was called SAGE, which was a missile defense, the first missile-defense computer, which was, like, one of the first computers in the history of the world which got sold to the Department of Defense for, I don’t know, tens and tens of millions of dollars at the time.
Honestly, I still don’t use my computer. My kids use the computer more than I do! I understand that a lot of people are into it, and I have days where I write and stuff, but it’s really not for me. It’s not my thing.
On my walks, that’s when the good ideas come. The kind of hard, gritty work is when you’re sitting at the computer and it’s kind of intense and you’re kind of in super control of it – the walks are when you let go. That’s when the really big breakthroughs come in, and it’s very strange.
As I was leaving graduate school in 1974, I was recruited to join a fledgling SETI project at the Hat Creek Observatory in California, mainly because I knew how to program an ancient PDP8/S computer that had been donated to the project.
I’ve never sent an email in my life. My kids laugh. I often hand the phone to them and say, ‘Can you text this message to somebody.’ I don’t even have a computer on my desk.
I understand that most iPhoneusers want a phone that can do other nifty things, not a general purpose computer that happens to make phone calls. Strict control over apps minimizes the chances that someone will find their phone hacked or virus-laden.
With computer science, I had to go through that uncomfortable process of my brain establishing a hash table, if you will – the coders will get that – for this new information, because I didn’t have one. So I had to establish a brand-new file system from scratch.
I’ve always felt that the human-centered approach to computer science leads to more interesting, more exotic, more wild, and more heroicadventures than the machine-supremacy approach, where information is the highest goal.
People spend hours constantlychecking and tweeting and Facebooking. And it’s cool to check up on your friends and see what’s going on in the world, but it’s not cool to spend five hours of your day on the computer looking at the Internet.
I think we’re in an age where artists really have an incredible range of materials at their command now. They can use almost anything from household items – Jackson Pollock used house paint – to, you know, advanced computer systems, to good old oil paint and acrylic paint.
One reason you should not use web applications to do your computing is that you lose control. It’s just as bad as using a proprietary program. Do your own computing on your own computer with your copy of a freedom-respecting program. If you use a proprietary program or somebody else’s web server, you’re defenceless.
I think there’s a great homogenizing force that software imposes on people and limits the way they think about what’s possible on the computer. Of course, it’s also a great liberating force that makes possible, you know, publishing and so forth, and standards, and so on.
My workspace is defined by books, ephemera, quiet and light. I don’t have a computer, telephone or a fax machine there.
Instead of five hundred thousand average algebra teachers, we need one good algebra teacher. We need that teacher to create software, videotape themselves, answer questions, let your computer or the iPad teach algebra… The hallmark of any good technology is that it destroys jobs.
I learned in the computer game business early on that all senses are not equal. The best example is, you’re listening to a radio play and you’re driving down the road, and suddenly you realize you haven’t seen the road in five minutes. It’s because your visual cortex has been partying with your imagination, basically.
During the week that I arrived in the United States, I saw an airport, used a telephone, used a library, talked with a scientist, and was shown a computer for the first time in my life.
The ownership of computers in the home is far less than the statistics show, because usually when the computer breaks down once, that is the end of it for a long, long time. They do not have the money or incentive to get the computer repaired.
Facebook was founded on February 4, 2004. On February 5, we were feeling pretty confident, even from observing the first few hours of usage. Students used it like crazy. They’d sign up then spend the next 3-4 hours on it. Then we’d go to lecture hall and see it on every computer screen there.
I’m always writing something. There’s always some structure sitting around someplace. There’s always things on the computer, things scratched on score paper, legal tablets full of lyrics. It’s never not buzzing around me all the time. I’m always doing it.
Ever since Newton, we’ve done science by taking things apart to see how they work. What the computer enables us to do is to put things together to see how they work: we’re now synthesized rather than analysed. I find one of the most enthralling aspects of computers is limitlesscommunication.
Creativity runs across many categories in life, from the arts-and-crafts project a mum or dad does with their kids, to the bestselling author‘s manuscript, to the designs of the hairdresser, to the creations of the computer programming genius.
The young Steve Jobs had a hard time articulating something that didn’t exist. He could see it, taste it, knew what it felt like, but he didn’t have all the language because it hadn’t been invented yet. People didn’t fathom the personal computer on a mass produced level.
Joshua Michael Stern
We’re not a vocational school. If someone wants to get a high-paying job, I would hope that there are easier ways to do it than working through a formal computer science curriculum.
I loved logic, math, computer programming. I loved systems and logic approaches. And so I just figured architecture is this perfect combination.
Sure, they were simple desk lamps with only a minimal amount of movement, but you could immediately tell that Luxo Jr. was a baby, and that the big one was his mother. In that short little film, computer animation went from a novelty to a serious tool for filmmaking.
Avoid demonizing television, computer games, and new technologies. Electronic media may compete for kids’ attention, but we’re not going to get kids reading by badmouthing other entertainment. Admit that TV and games can do things books can’t.
The ARPAnet was the first transcontinental, high-speed computer network.
Eric S. Raymond
I got my first computer in the 6th grade or so. As soon as I got it, I was interested in finding out how it worked and how the programs worked and then figuring out how to write programs at just deeper and deeper levels within the system.
Google is working on self-driving cars, and they seem to work. People are so bad at driving cars that computers don’t have to be that good to be much better. Any time you stand in line at the DMV and look around, you’re like, ‘Oh, my God, I wish all these people were replaced by computer drivers.’
For the blue-collar worker, the driving force behind change was factoryautomation using programmable machine tools. For the office worker, it’s office automation using computer technology: enterprise-resource-planning systems, groupware, intranets, extranets, expert systems, the Web, and e-commerce.
The fact that biological, or ‘natural’ rules might help in the creation of a computer generated work of art is interesting, but even a wonderful work of art made in this fashion isn’t the same as a person, with all his or her experiences and emotions involved, making art.
I got my first computer at the age of 6. To me, it was magic. By the time I was 12, I wanted to know the secrets behind the wizardry, and that started my journey toward computer programming. This was the early 1990s, when computers weren’t built for the mass market.
Anyone with a computer and a design program can create a page layout. But unless you’re trained in design, it won’t look very good and it won’t communicate very well.
Creating the characters is the most creative part of the novel except for the language itself. There I am, sitting in front of my computer in right-brain mode, typing the things that come to mind – which become the seeds of plot. It’s scary, though, because I always wonder: Is it going to be there this time?
I was the first to advocate the Web. But I am very troubled by this thing that every kid must have a laptop computer. The kids are totally in the computer age. There’s a whole new brain operation that’s being moulded by the computer.
Now the whole point about machines is they are designed not to be random. When you call up a word processing program on your computer, you don’t want it to be different every time you call it up. You want it to stay the same.
I didn’t even get a computer till I was 16, so I didn’t have Internet when I was in middle school and beginning of high school. I didn’t think to be looking things up and looking at message boards saying whether people liked me or not.
In the future, when Microsoft leaves a security-flaw in their code it won’t mean that somebody hacks your computer. It will mean that somebody takes control of your servant robot and it stands in your bedroom doorway sharpening a knife and watching you sleep.
I’ve always been a bit of a mix between art and technology. I used to paint a lot, but I’m not very good with my hands. It has always been a fusion between my computer gaming interests and being exposed to the rich data of society that we live in.
I have always been making art from an early age but for nearly forty years did computer programming to earn a living. I bought a house and put my wife and three children through college. Now that diversion is over so I can finally paint full time.
Writing can be a very solitary business. It’s you sat at a desk typing words into a computer. It can get lonely sometimes and lots of writers live quite isolated lives.
I wanted to build a tool for my generation: people 20 to 40 who don’t want to spend time balancing a checkbook or checking multiple financial institutions’ websites. Mint does just that, giving comprehensive, quick insights into a user’s finances from their computer, mobile phone and/or tablet.
I’ve actually started a number of businesses in my career. So I’m 28 currently, but when I was about 16, I started building Websites, and that’s how I put myself through school. I went to Duke with a degree in electrical engineering, computer science, computer engineering, and then to Princeton.
I actually started off majoring in computer science, but I knew right away I wasn’t going to stay with it. It was because I had this one professor who was the loneliest, saddest man I’ve ever known. He was a programmer, and I knew that I didn’t want to do whatever he did. So after that, I switched to Communications.
As a kid, I was always into art at the same time as computers, and eventually I realised I was making more interesting stuff with my keyboard than with my hands. I really enjoyed modifying computer games more than playing them, so that got me into programming.
BitCoin is actually an exploit against network complexity. Not financial networks, or computer networks, or social networks. Networks themselves.
The game business arose from computer programs that were written by and for young men in the late 1960s and early 1970s. They worked so well that they formed a very lucrative industry fairly quickly. But what worked for that demographic absolutely did not work for most girls and women.
For kids growing up now, there’s no difference watching ‘Avatar‘ on an iPad or watching YouTube on TV or watching ‘Game of Thrones’ on their computer. It’s all content. It’s just story.
Writing on a computer makes saving what’s been written too easy. Pretentious lead sentences are kept, not tossed. Instead of sitting surrounded by crumpled paper, the computerized writer has his mistakes neatly stored in digital memory.