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Hard to Predict…..

“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” — Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.

“Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and weigh only 1.5 tons.” — Popular Mechanics, 1949

“I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won’t last out the year.” — The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957.

“But what…is it good for?” — Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip.

“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” — Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977.

“640K ought to be enough for anybody.” — Attributed to Bill Gates, 1981, but believed to be an urban legend.

“The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?” — David Sarnoff’s associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s.

“While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially it is an impossibility.” — Lee DeForest, inventor.

“We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.” — Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.

“Radio has no future. Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible. X-rays will prove to be a hoax.” — William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, British scientist, 1899.

“There will never be a bigger plane built.” — A Boeing engineer, after the first flight of the 247, a twin engine plane that holds ten people.

“Everything that can be invented has been invented.” — Attributed to Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899, but known to be an urban legend.


So…..What’s the Connection?

Between these two songs?


Yes the function suite at Strathclyde Homes Stadium was rockin’ (geddit?) with it last night. Compère Charlie Ross along with stand up comics David Connor, Chris Conroy and Tommy Reid were excellent/hilarious but a wee special mention goes to Stu Who? who was headlining and therefore had to deal with the audience at its drunkest.

Stu last night.

To keep 300 or so inebriated folks’ attention isn’t easy, but to make them laugh and keep them laughing via some great stand up routines interlaced with social comment here and there and then get an ovation, takes extraordinary talent.

Stu hasn’t been suffering the best of health in recent times but you wouldn’t know it from his performance last night.

It was a great night and good to see a lot of old friends there.


I’ve been listening to a lot of Johnny Cash material recently.

I featured the track ‘Hurt’ on the first Lomond List but here it is in all its glory.

Also from a 1970 Johnny Cash TV show, here is the great man introducing Area Code 615, featuring the peerless Charlie McCoy on harmonica.


Apropos my posting of the picture of the Maryhill tram the other day, I rediscovered this post I made about the ‘caurs’ in 2008, which contains a link to a fascinating Youtube video about the last day of the trams.

As I mentioned in that post, although the trams were withdrawn just before my third birthday, I have recollections of travelling on them.

There are some fantastic pictures of the old Glasgow trams (and trolley buses) out there on the net and they instantly take you to a carbolic world of heavy engineering, Capstain full strength, Ford Anglias, glass milk bottles with foil tops and sweeties sold by the quarter.

Here are some that I found:

One of my favourite Glasgow place names. Almost rivals Auchenshuggle.

Tram and trolley bus near Hampden Park. Trolley buses continued in use in Glasgow until 1967.

The Burnside tram trundles through Rutherglen

Anyone requiring further info or pics of trams or other Glasgow transport should click here for a fascinating detailed historical account.