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25 best quotes from tech history

It's not love, war, or baseball. But over the years some memorable things have been said about technology. Some have been memorably eloquent; others are unforgettably shortsighted, wrongheaded, or just plain weird. Let's celebrate them, shall we?

25. Mike Doonesbury's Newton-like PDA:

Googleosity: 3,970

Quote type: Satire as product evaluation.

Circumstances of origin: In Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury strip for August 27th, 1993, as Mike tries out his new PDA's handwriting recognition; it's what the PDA thinks he meant when he scribbles "Catching on?"

Why it's notable: Trudeau's sequence tweaking Apple's high-profile Newton attracted attention at the time -- the PDA had debuted earlier that month -- and it still comes up frequently in discussions of the product. Some Newton fans seemed to blame the strips for contributing to the product's ultimate failure, although the platform hung on until 1998. The Newton engineers, however, took the jibe gracefully, tacking the strip up on the wall as inspiration and building a version of the "Egg Freckles?" panel into a later Newton model as an Easter Egg.

24. Steve Jobs, founder of Apple:

23. Linus Torvalds, father of Linux:

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