The number of statements
uttered verbally and/or in print is uncountable. Some are more noteworthy than others either
because of sheer brilliance, good humor, or utter inanity. We all hope our own remembered
words, if any, fall into one of the first two categories rather than the third. I do a lot
of reading and find many notable quotes to use that fit the theme of RF Cafe; they fall into
all three categories. I always try to verify quotes from original sources or at least from
printed books like
The Experts Speak, of which I own a hard copy. Enjoy.
Notable Tech Quote Archive
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"Ever notice, when scientists are searching for intelligent life, they point their antennae
AWAY from Earth." - Anon
"I don't know the last time you purchased some new
coax, but it's sold by the foot and can cost an arm and a leg!" - H. Ward Silver, QST magazine, October 2017,
Hands-on- Radio (p71).
"I would like to die on Mars... just not on impact."
- Elon Musk, SpaceX
CEO, during 2013 South by Southwest (SXSW) interview. Begins at 44:15 in video ...
"Light is strange, but you can get used to it." - Robert
Lanza & Bob Berman in
Beyond Biocentrism. The book discusses some of the stranger aspects
of quantum physics including the dual particle and wave nature of light, and the "spooky action
at a distance" of entanglement. The biocentrism theme is weird, but there is a good review
of quantum theory ...
his new specimens joined his collection and waited patiently
as only rocks can until he could find time to analyze them." -
Kat McGowan, "Where Did It Begin?"
September / October 2017 Popular Science (p41).
"Chasing the perfect battery is a fool's journey: a
catchpenny, a sensation, a mechanism for swindling the public by stock companies," wrote
Edison in 1883. "Working on the latest, greatest battery brings out a man's 'latent capacity
for lying." July / August 2017 Discover magazine ...
"You wouldn't dip a glass in the ocean, come up with
no fish inside and conclude, 'No fish exist.'" - astronomer
regarding where humans are with SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence). July / August
2017 Discover magazine ...
"I pass with relief from the tossing sea of Cause and
Theory to the firm ground of Result and Fact." - Winston L. Spencer Churchill,
The Story of the Malakand Field Force - An Episode of Frontier War, p60.
Other Notable Tech Quotes ...
"Its catalog was the
Boys' Life of electronics." - Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, CEO of ARRL,
regarding the second bankruptcy filing for Radio Shack (May 2017
QST, p81) ...
"There is a way to tell who is used to working on transistor
equipment from those used to working on tube equipment. Before those used to working on tube
equipment touch their equipment, they put one hand in their pocket to avoid electrocution.
Before those used to working on low-voltage equipment begin to work, they put one hand on
the chassis to avoid damage from electrostatic discharge." - Walter Underwood,
K6WRU, as reported by Joel Hallas in his "The Doctor Is In" column in
the May 2017 issue of QST (p61) ...
"...timeframes are the enemy, they'l figure out if
you're behind schedule if you are too specific." - Jamie Davies, in a telecoms.com article
titled "Euro 5G Consortium Releases Roadmap with No Direction." Thanks to RF Cafe
visitor Bob Davis for the tip