THE BELL TOLLS

“The Internet can’t be free … because we and the cable companies have made an investment and for a Google or Yahoo or Vonage or anybody to expect to use these pipes free is nuts!”

SBC CEO Ed Whitacre, on how he expects to get paid twice for the use of his phone lines — once by his customers, and again by any Internet service his customers want to use, BusinessWeek, 7 November 2005 (issue date)

EXPECT MASS EXTINCTIONS

“It’s a revolution in how we think about software. This is a big change for … every part of the ecosystem.”

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, sympathizing with the dinosaurs as they watched the meteor crash into the Earth, Forbes.com, 1 November 2005