"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943
"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977
"Everything that can be invented has been invented."
Charles Duell, US Patent Commissioner, 1899
Ultrabooks and tablet PCs are short-term fads, says Acer founder
Aaron Lee, Taipei; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES [Friday 5 August 2011]
Acer founder Stan Shih has commented that the fads for ultrabooks and tablet PCs are both short-term phenomena and urged companies in the notebook supply chain to come out with more value-added products through innovation.
Shih added that Apple achieved success with iPad through its outside-the-box thinking, which is an attitude that all notebook players should learn.
Commenting on Apple bringing tablet PC and smartphone products into the PC market to compete with PC players and creating a great impact on PC demand, Shih pointed out that PCs are the base of the IT industry and tablet PCs are also developed from the base; therefore, in the future, products will still need to go through the PC platform to create even more add-on value.