Clifford Stoll Quotes


As the networks evolve so do my opinions toward them and my divergent feelings bring out conflicting points of view. In advance I apologize to those who expect a consistent position from me.

There is a difference between having access to information and having the savvy it takes to interpret it.

It's easier to apologize afterwards than getting something allowed in the first place.

It's a great medium for trivia and hobbies but not the place for reasoned reflective judgment. Suprisingly often discussions degenerate into acrimony insults and flames.

Merely that I have a World Wide Web page does not give me any power any abilities nor any status in the real world.

If you don't have an e-mail address you're in the Netherworld. If you don't have your own World Wide Web page you're a nobody.

Why is it that drug addicts and computer aficionados are both called users?

Why is it drug addicts and computer aficionados are both called users?

Call me a troglodyte; I'd rather peruse those photos alongside my sweetheart catch the newspaper on the way to work and page thorough a real book.

If we built houses the way we build software the first woodpecker to come along would destroy civilization.

A box of crayons and a big sheet of paper provides a more expressive medium for kids than computerized paint programs.

What's society going to be like when the kids today are phenomenally good at text messaging and spend a huge amount of on-screen time but have never gone bowling together?

Minds think with ideas not information No amount of data bandwidth or processing power can substitute for inspired thought.

Data isn't information any more than fifty tons of cement is a skyscraper.

Anyone can post messages to the net. Practically everyone does. The resulting cacophony drowns out serious discussion.

Computers in classrooms are the filmstrips of the 1990s.

Rather than bringing me closer to others the time that I spend online isolates me from the most important people in my life my family my friends my neighbourhood my community.

Electronic communication is an instantaneous and illusory contact that creates a sense of intimacy without the emotional investment that leads to close friendships.

The truth is no online database will replace your daily newspaper no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher and no computer network will change the way government works.

Why is it drug addicts and computer afficionados are both called users?

No computer network with pretty graphics can ever replace the salespeople that make our society work.

I spend almost as much time figuring out what's wrong with my computer as I do actually using it.

Computers force us into creating with our minds and prevent us from making things with our hands. They dull the skills we use in everyday life.

Treat your password like your toothbrush. Don't let anybody else use it and get a new one every six months.

While I admire the insights of many of the people in the world of computing I get this cold feeling that I speak a different language.

Data is not information information is not knowledge knowledge is not understanding understanding is not wisdom.

The Internet is a perfect diversion from learning... it opens many doors that lead to empty rooms.

The first time you do something it's science. The second time it's engineering. The third time it's just being a technician. I'm a scientist. Once I do something I want to do something else.

The Internet has no such organization - files are made available at random locations. To search through this chaos we need smart tools programs that find resources for us.

The Internet is a telephone system that's gotten uppity.

We'll soon buy books and newspapers straight over the Internet. Uh sure.

When I'm online I'm alone in a room tapping on a keyboard staring at a cathode-ray tube.

Spending an evening on the World Wide Web is much like sitting down to a dinner of Cheetos two hours later your fingers are yellow and you're no longer hungry but you haven't been nourished.