I believe you are thinking about the quote from Thomas Watson of IBM, "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." (1943). Perhaps he was being incredibly far-sighted, but I doubt it. Many years later, in 1977, Ken Olson, President of Digital Equipment, made the profound statement "There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." Perhaps he was being equally visionary. Actually, after spending what seems most of this winter break dealing with stacked up work on the computer, I think he may have been on to something.
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That is very interesting. Just think a world with inexpensive computers, no need for expensive file servers, or highly paid network administrators in schools. Years ago it was predicted, perhaps by somebody @ IBM that the world would someday be running on ten big mainframes. Perhaps that day is approaching. Of course we need robust internet connections to make it work.
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