2010: Quotes of the Year

As 2010 draws to a close we flipped through our reporters' notebooks to find the more memorable quotes and "did he really say that?" moments. Here they are in no particular order:

By Nancy Weil
Wed, December 08, 2010

IDG News Service — As 2010 draws to a close we flipped through our reporters' notebooks to find the more memorable quotes and "did he really say that?" moments. Here they are in no particular order:

The "third category" arrives

"In order to really create a new category of devices, those devices are going to have to be far better at doing some key tasks. ... Better than a laptop, better than the smartphone. What kind of tasks? Well, things like browsing the Web, doing e-mail, enjoying and sharing photographs, watching videos, enjoying your music collection, playing games, reading e-books. If there's going to be a third category of device, it's going to have to be better at these kinds of tasks than a laptop or smartphone. Otherwise it has no reason for being. Now some people have thought that's a netbook. The problem is netbooks aren't better at anything. They're slow, they have low-quality displays and they run clunky old PC software. So they're not better than a laptop at anything, they are just cheaper. ... And we don't think they are a third category of device. We think we've got something that is. And we'd like to show it to you today for the first time. We call it the iPad."

-- Apple CEO Steve Jobs, at the Jan. 27 introduction of the iPad.

Scott McNealy on Larry, capitalism, and Larry

"Do I have a problem with Larry Ellison buying Sun? No, that's part of the capitalist system. As soon as we go public we're for sale, that's part of the deal. And do I have a problem with him exercising his intellectual property rights? No, I don't have a problem with that. Would it be how we necessarily ran and operated? Obviously not."

-- Scott McNealy at the PostgreSQL conference in November, giving his first speech after Oracle (ORCL) acquired Sun.

"I don't know what he's thinking, I just know he's not a huge fan of sharing. So would I count on more releases to the community of any code Oracle paid for engineering going forward? I wouldn't count on it. I'm not saying some code might not escape Oracle's labs into the community, but only if Larry doesn't know about it would be my guess."

-- McNealy at the same conference talking about Ellison and open-source software.

"We're talking about capitalism and I'm a raging capitalist, I'm a total believer. It creates what I call national economic heroes -- tax payers. They're not evil. They're heroes. The Mineta Airport shouldn't be named after [politician] Norm Mineta, he paid hardly any taxes and spent a lot. It should be the Larry Ellison airport because he's a national economic hero."

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