Say What? Top Five IT Quotes of the Week


“It would be very easy to rest upon the changes that we’ve already made and continue to gradually evolve our company for the future. That is clearly what we will not do.”

John Chambers CEO of Cisco Systems on his company’s fourth quarter fiscal 2011 earnings call, talking about his company’s restructuring effort. (EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet)


“We shouldn’t do voodoo stuff. Or rather, I’m perfectly ok if you guys all do your little wax figures of me in the privacy of your own homes – freedom of religion and all that – but please don’t do it in the kernel.”

Linux creator, Linus Torvalds in a colorful comment to a kernel developer (LKML)


“There was concern around Microsoft and Apple’s potential acquisition of patents that could be relevant to their offensive licensing strategies.”

Keith Bergelt CEO of OIN explaining why his patent commons organization has been growing its membership. (Datamation)


“So it’s quite reasonable to see developers adopting the Mac and its OS as a development environment. Windows firmly remains king, but developers are obviously attracted to Apple’s devices, while at the same time Linux has lost some of its luster after years of only single digit adoption.”

Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data Corp in a comment about a new study that claims that Mac OS has passed Linux for share of developer desktops. (InternetNews)


“Amazon’s cloud service offerings explicitly state that they make no promises in regards to the confidentiality, integrity, or availability (the security CIA triad) of their customers’ data.”

Francis Brown, security researcher at Stach & Liu commenting on Amazon’s recent Virginia and Ireland data center outages (EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet)



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

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