PAY THE FAT PIPER

“If Napster is shut down, it’s because, even though our users are willing to pay, the record companies don’t want to take their money.”

Napster interim CEO Hank Barry, whose billion-dollar offer to the music industry was dismissed as a few orders of magnitude too small, The New York Times, 21 February 2001

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WE WISH WE COULD HAVE OUTSOURCED THE HUMILITY

“We spent the past year reforming ourselves back into a profitable, economic, value-added, slower-growing, more humble, more conservative entity.”

MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor, whose ego is the only thing at headquarters that has yet to be right-sized, Business Week, 21 February 2001

TOTO, I DON’T THINK WE’RE ON AN HTML 4.0-COMPLIANT WEBSITE ANYMORE

“It’s like we’re television programmers who still use black and white because not everybody has a color television set.”

Web Standards Project cofounder Jeffrey Zeldman, explaining that whatever you may have thought, the Web is really about his and his fellow designers’ needs, News.com, 16 February 2001