Archive for November, 1997

OUR PRODUCTS — ER, PRICES — ARE INSAAAAANE!

November 26, 1997

“We have to be able to control what goes into our products. Otherwise, how can we respond to our customers? How can we give good value? How can we add more, more, more, more good stuff at low prices?”

Microsoft veep Steve Ballmer, responding to the Department of Justice’s challenge to his company’s software “integration” practices, Computer Reseller News, 24 November 1997

REALLY, REALLY LATE CAPITALISM

November 25, 1997

“This is a capitalist country without capital or capitalists.”

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, France’s minister of economy, finance and industry, on his native country’s fitful encounter with the financial postmodern, Forbes, December 1997

DATA SMUG

November 24, 1997

“Information is more than data. Information is a smile, information is a frown, or a nod, it’s a hug, it’s a kiss — it’s lots of things.”

Regis McKenna, high technology’s ur-marketer, News.com, 21 November 1997

THEY SHOT THE SHERIFF

November 21, 1997

“In traditional media, everyone tends to know the ground rules. But for the Internet, there are no ground rules: It’s a Wild West; it has to be invented.”

Former Wired Digital VP David Weir, displaying some inventiveness of his own in a postlayoff interview, TechWeb, 20 November 1997

LIKE, YOUR MARKET ECONOMY IS SOOO FIVE MINUTES AGO

November 20, 1997

“If these economies try to revert back to the good old ways, like six months ago or a year ago, they will go deeper into trouble.”

Intel CEO Andy Grove, dishing out advice for the troubled tigers of Asia, San Jose Mercury News, 19 November 1997

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