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"You'll never need more than 64K of memory" -- Allegedly, Bill Gates circa 1985 in an interview.

I say allegedly because after searching Google I couldn't actually find the quote cited. I didn't try all that hard admittedly, but according to folklore "The Bill" said that and later ammended that to say "You'll never need more than 640K".

Here I sit with a laptop with 1Gb of memory and quite frequently when I've started Apache, Tomcat, Postgres and a couple of my development tools I notice my disk spinning like crazy, check vmstat and sure enough I'm in swap hell.

The more things change... the more they stay the same.


It vexed me terribly that I couldn't find the quote. So I checked a few more places and discovered what I'd suspected for a while. Apparently the quote is a misattributed quote. On wikiquote I find a page about Bill Gates and under the section called appropriately enough "Misattributions" I find the following quote: "I've said some stupid things and some wrong things, but not that. No one involved in computers would ever say that a certain amount of memory is enough for all time... I keep bumping into that silly quotation attributed to me that says 640K of memory is enough. There's never a citation; the quotation just floats like a rumor, repeated again and again."

Still... I remember the day when we thought upgrading from 8K of RAM to 16K of RAM was something really really super.

There it is... you learn something every day...

Peter L. Berghold -- Unix Professional
Peter -at- Berghold -dot- Net; AOL IM redcowdawg Yahoo IM: blue_cowdawg

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