Say What? Top Five IT Quotes of the Week


“With regards to the competitive environment, clearly we’ve got a distracted competitor.”

Symantec CEO Enrique Salem commenting on rival security vendor McAfee (InternetNews).


“The more specific you can be about your requirements and your deliverables the more chance you’ll have for success.”

J. Shawn Prince, PMP, Technology Services (TS), Operations & Infrastructure Manager at Columbus Regional Airport Authority explaining how to do a better RFP after having to switch out one networking vendor’s solution after less than a year (EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet


“My experience in open source is that if you don’t contribute code, you’re credibility is not at the same level as those that do contribute code.”

John Igoe, Executive Director for Dell Cloud Solutions explaining why Dell decided to open source their crowbar installer tool for the OpenStack cloud platform (ServerWatch)


“Patents are a benchmark of innovation, it’s not the only benchmark but I’ll tell ya it’s a heck of a benchmark,”

IBM Fellow and VP of Innovation, Bernie Meyerson commenting on the 100th anniversary of IBM’s first patent (Datamation).


 “These days when I see some kernel functionality that needs user space support, I just go “f*ck, that’s going to be a pain.”

Linus Torvalds responding to a kernel developer request on user space support in the Linux kernel (LKML)



Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at, the news service of, the network for technology professionals.

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