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Microsoft CEOs' Wackiest Quotes: Who Said That?

Satya Nadella has the brains and experience to become Microsoft's CEO -- but does he have the sharp tongue of Gates or Ballmer? Match these Microsoft CEO quotes to their outspoken owners.
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Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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2/14/2014 | 2:52:23 AM
Re: I've always liked this one
jgherbert, 

When did the smiley start to be used? :/  I never use the winking smiley because it never seems to fit anything I say. As you say, what does it suppose to suggest? :/ 

However, as you see, I am very fond of using some others. :D Although I agree with you that it's quite annoying to receive a "J" on a Mac when the smiley comes from a PC. That's not the only incompatible thing between the two systems, anyway. ◔_◔ 

A smiley also expresses people's opinion. They are fun and can set a good mood in the conversation. :) 

-Susan 

 
jgherbert
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jgherbert,
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2/13/2014 | 12:14:23 PM
Re: I've always liked this one
Interesting (perhaps) side note is that when the smiley was first starting to be used, it more often than not implied sarcasm, not happiness or friendliness. That has changed over time, but I still hesitate lest it be misunderstood. How about a winking smiley - what does that suggest? And I'm not a huge fan of graphical emoticons because they don't tend to work across multiple systems consistently - see what happens when you receive a Windows smiley in an email on your iPhone, for example.

Anyway, to me the point of having the additional 'votes' is that you get a tally of people's opinions summarized right by the post itself, just like we do with likes and comments right now. Perfect for today's TL;DR world in fact :-)
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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2/12/2014 | 11:33:16 AM
Re: I've always liked this one
jgherbert, 

"Why stop at like / dislike though? Some forums allow you to rate using a bit more opinion, like "Funny" or "Sad". I actually quite like that."

What about using smileys instead? I prefer smileys. :D 

"And sometimes 'dislike' represents your agreement that you dislike something that happened to somebody (for example)." 

Yes, I see your point. The sad smiley is used in that case. It's also more expressive than a simple Dislike button, don't you think? :) 

-Susan
jgherbert
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jgherbert,
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2/11/2014 | 5:04:48 PM
Re: I've always liked this one
Why stop at like / dislike though? Some forums allow you to rate using a bit more opinion, like "Funny" or "Sad". I actually quite like that. And sometimes 'dislike' represents your agreement that you dislike something that happened to somebody (for example). Usually I hear people asking for it in that context, not in the sense that I don't like what you just said. Maybe I just hang out with awesome people on Facebook?
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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2/11/2014 | 7:40:54 AM
Re: I've always liked this one
Thomas, 

""A squirrel dying in front of your house may be more relevant to your interests right now than people dying in Africa." -- Mark Zuckerberg, early in his journey to figuring out how to be a public figure"

Maybe what Mark Zuckerberg meant to say was that logically what happens in your house is always more relevant than what happens in the neighbor's garden.

Or, at least this is how it should be and there is nothing wrong about this.

The proximity of the problem affects you more than the magnitude of it. 

I believe the Like button's function is to highlight positive feedback, positive opinion. No one in this world needs more negativity online. More than half of the daily news is just enough of that. 

-Susan 

 
Thomas Claburn
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2/10/2014 | 5:04:06 PM
Re: T-shirt, anyone?
"Imagine a world where every online store sells DRM-free music encoded in open licensable formats. In such a world, any player can play music purchased from any store, and any store can sell music which is playable on all players. This is clearly the best alternative for consumers, and Apple would embrace it in a heartbeat."

-Steve Jobs, 2007

Yet Apple has not embraced DRM-free text (ebooks) encoded in open licensable formats.
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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2/10/2014 | 4:59:08 PM
Re: I've always liked this one
>"A squirrel dying in front of your house may be more relevant to your interests right now than people dying in Africa." -- Mark Zuckerberg, early in his journey to figuring out how to be a public figure

 

This explains why we have a Like button but no Dislike button. Advertising only works when the backdrop is banal.
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sdouty,
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2/7/2014 | 7:51:27 PM
Gates quote
A variant on #4 - I've heard Bill say it many times but it was usually, "That's the dumbest idea I have ever heard, IN MY LIFE!!"  Maybe he added the postscript after 1994.

When Bill says it, it's criticism. When Steve says it, you're probably gone within a couple of weeks.
Charlie Babcock
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2/7/2014 | 6:17:46 PM
Microsoft and free software
Bill Gates on the Chinese: "As long as they're going to steal it, we want them to steal ours." This is as close as Microsoft ever got to endorsing free software concepts.
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2/7/2014 | 4:32:42 PM
Re: Eric Schmidt was the king of creepy quotes
Nadella seems like an interesting guy, a major departure from Ballmer.

I don't know that much about Nadella, but I think Microsoft needs to change badly. They realize this, as they are bleeding cash in some areas.

The Server & Tools business unit has done well. But that cannot be an expectation going forward.
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