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How wrong can you be?
« on: January 08, 2009, 10:53:49 am »

Hi all, I used to be a computer engineer, in the days when they were big and housed in air conditioned rooms., This means I am still recovering from a jaundiced view of computers.  Why?  Well the only ones I ever saw were broken and I was there to fix them!

I do remember saying "Why on earth would I want a computer at home"?

I also remember saying that the Beatles would be another 3 month wonder!

Just how wrong can you be?

Anyone else made similar predictions?

Oh for 20 / 20 hindsight!

regards Roy
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Re: How wrong can you be?
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2009, 11:02:13 am »

After the death of the laser disc and other technlogies.

CDs will never catch on.  They are too expensive. So I now have about 20 years of music collection on cassette tape in the UK slowly getting ferofungus no doubt.
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Re: How wrong can you be?
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2009, 11:32:45 am »

"Buying shares in major banks can't possibly loose you money"

Luckily I don't need to cash them in yet!

Rick
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Re: How wrong can you be?
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2009, 11:50:03 am »

House prices can only go up, and never go down.
My money is as safe as houses in a bank.
Labour said they would not put up incomes taxes, so they'll kepp to that promise.
Tony Blair would not lie to us over as serious an issue as Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
Gordon Brown would keep Labour's election promise of a referendum on the new EU treaty.
Only 13,000 immigrants from the new EU member states will come to live in Britain.
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Re: How wrong can you be?
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2009, 11:53:47 am »

House prices can only go up, and never go down.
My money is as safe as houses in a bank.
Labour said they would not put up incomes taxes, so they'll kepp to that promise.
Tony Blair would not lie to us over as serious an issue as Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
Gordon Brown would keep Labour's election promise of a referendum on the new EU treaty.
Only 13,000 immigrants from the new EU member states will come to live in Britain.

And you believed them????????  :o :o :o

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Re: How wrong can you be?
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2009, 12:32:49 pm »


Get into computers martin, they are the future. So I did.
Unfortunately, computers have become a consumer object....
When they break down, just like TV's, people think about buying a new fast, better one as it cheaper!
Who know how long my job will last these days!  {:-{
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Re: How wrong can you be?
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2009, 02:17:01 pm »

Simon Cowell was never gonna be a pop supremo - on account of his lack of musical know-how.
Gordon Bennet-Brown would never run any government - on account of him being of unelectable character.
Single mothers would never be seen driving huge 4 x 4s.
Old folk would always feel safe in their homes/on the streets.
And multiple identities would never rear their ugly head on any UK model boating forum.

Of course, all them things WERE predicted.
But...................
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Re: How wrong can you be?
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2009, 02:25:58 pm »

Hi all, I used to be a computer engineer, in the days when they were big and housed in air conditioned rooms., This means I am still recovering from a jaundiced view of computers.  Why?  Well the only ones I ever saw were broken and I was there to fix them!

I do remember saying "Why on earth would I want a computer at home"?

I also remember saying that the Beatles would be another 3 month wonder!

Just how wrong can you be?

Anyone else made similar predictions?

Oh for 20 / 20 hindsight!

regards Roy

IBM said the world will probably need no more than 6 computers
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Re: How wrong can you be?
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2009, 05:16:10 pm »

"Now look Orville, Wilber... this "Flight" thing will never catch on"...

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Re: How wrong can you be?
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2009, 05:38:34 pm »

I read somewhere " when everyone uses computers we will become a paperless society" we now use twice as much paper because no one trusts the computer to store the information safely


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Re: How wrong can you be?
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2009, 05:56:54 pm »

And most of the paper we use these days will self destruct in a few years due to the high acid content. Looks like it's back to baked clay tablets.
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Re: How wrong can you be?
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2009, 10:10:02 pm »

Who the hell will want a mobile phone ?....look at the size of them.......the battery is almost as big as sellafield...........no they will never catch on.
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Re: How wrong can you be?
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2009, 11:20:59 pm »

Who know how long my job will last these days!      {:-{

Well, If your job goes under Martin, you could always get another running a Model Boat Forum.   :-))  O0
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Re: How wrong can you be?
« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2009, 11:25:56 pm »

Who know how long my job will last these days!      {:-{

Well, If your job goes under Martin, you could always get another running a Model Boat Forum.   :-))  O0

Heard that there is a great partwork on Building the Bismarck he could do  :}
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Re: How wrong can you be?
« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2009, 11:43:51 pm »

Why not start a puffer building company?   {-)
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Re: How wrong can you be?
« Reply #15 on: January 09, 2009, 01:32:44 am »

Anyone who's ever been divorced can answer that one.  :-)
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Re: How wrong can you be?
« Reply #16 on: January 09, 2009, 05:05:14 pm »

They are just trying to scare Saddam Hussein. They are not going to actually invade Iraq.
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Re: How wrong can you be?
« Reply #17 on: January 09, 2009, 05:27:24 pm »

Who know how long my job will last these days!      {:-{

Well, If your job goes under Martin, you could always get another running a Model Boat Forum.   :-))  O0

Heard that there is a great partwork on Building the Bismarck he could do  :}

Hey! I stuck a few more bits on last week I'll have you know!   :embarrassed:
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omra85

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Re: How wrong can you be?
« Reply #18 on: January 09, 2009, 09:04:21 pm »

Yea - but "Post-it" notes saying "get cracking" don't count  {-) {-) {-)
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Re: How wrong can you be?
« Reply #19 on: January 09, 2009, 10:00:20 pm »

There is a shop near me that has a closing down sale,funny that its taken 2yrs,and still has not closed down.
Should have done the prices they charge,some mugs obviously keeping them going
Mark
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« Reply #20 on: January 09, 2009, 10:14:57 pm »

January Easter Summer Autumn Christmas Furniture sale
De Luxe Super Sofa  HALF PRICE - 399
(previously advertised from 1st July 1996 to 2nd July 1996 in Outer Mongolia branch at 798)

Are you sick of them too!!  Does anyone actually believe them .... ?

Danny
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« Reply #21 on: January 09, 2009, 10:39:19 pm »

I agree Danny
I bought my sofa at a stupid low price,but because it was electric recliners they packed up after 2 months,so if anyone wants 2 recliners (motors) and hand controllers
let me know, one goes up ,one goes down,electrics are a mystery to me,since i electrocuted my sister 20 odd yrs ago
Mark
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Re: How wrong can you be?
« Reply #22 on: January 10, 2009, 05:38:52 pm »

Can't go wrong investing in Premium Bonds....until Messrs Darling and Brown decide us punters are winning too much.
Apropo of nothing really, has it never really occurred to these political giants that "savers" outnumber "spenders" by a factor of 7 plus? And guess who gets clobbered. Why oh why do we ever elect such moronic idiots.
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« Reply #23 on: January 10, 2009, 11:59:43 pm »

You're right, Brian. What really annoys me is when the media trumpet these interest cuts as "good news for home owners" when the people they mean are the 15% of the population who are still paying for them - the building society might "own" them, but they certainly don't. The rest of us, who rent our houses or who have paid off the mortgage and actually do own our homes feel the pinch every time, especially if, like me and, I guess, you, we are on a fixed income of pensions and interest from savings.

Rick
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