I saw an article on computer world that talks about famous Tech Myths. I found it an interesting reading I thought I would share with you…
Opinion: Famous tech myths that just won’t die
Here’s the scoop on widespread fables about Bill Gates, the iPhone kill switch, Internet2, Al Gore and more
By John Brandon
September 26, 2008 (Computerworld) Have you heard this story?
One day, Bill Gates was standing on a street corner, watching the clouds roll by. Absentmindedly, he dropped a $1,000 bill out of his pocket. A bystander noticed and said, “Are you going to pick that up?”
“No, why would I do that?” Gates responded gruffly, and walked away.
OK, fact or fiction?
While my version adds a little color, it’s still just a fable.
You can mix and match the details, but the essence of the myth — which I’ll define as anything grossly inaccurate yet widely regarded as true — is still there.
It’s part fantasy, part fabrication, but wholly inaccurate.
Tech myths come in all shapes and sizes: Some contain a morsel of truth, but many of them are so wildly preposterous that it’s hard to imagine anyone taking them seriously.
“A myth generally exists to explain the worldview of a group of people,” says Rob Enderle, a consumer analyst. “This means its intent is to convey an idea but not necessarily the whole truth, and given it’s conveyed largely from person to person, the initial story can change a great deal.”
At the risk of perpetuating Internet-sized myths even more, here are some of the most famous examples of myths, along with some debunking and comments from those in the know.
Bill Gates dropped a $1,000 bill and didn’t bother to pick it up
Bill Gates is one of the richest people on the planet, but the myth that he would drop a $1,000 bill and not pick it up probably originated in an e-mail scam. (Click on image for more information about this myth.) (Photo courtesy of World Economic Forum)
There’s really no factual evidence for this one. If it happened, there’s no way to prove it. Given the fact that the U.S. Treasury stopped producing $1,000 bills during World War II and stopped distributing them in 1969, it seems very unlikely Gates would carry one around. Yet, this and many other myths about Bill Gates — many of them related to e-mail scams — seem to become memes faster than other mean-spirited tech gossip.
Apparently, Gates is just an easy target who represents how an average guy (albeit one who is obviously very intelligent) can attain fame and fortune in the tech industry. Those who perpetuate the rumors are probably a little jealous. For its part, Microsoft told me that, officially, it doesn’t comment on Bill Gates’ personal life.
Another Gates myth is that he said “640k ought to be enough for anybody” when talking about an IBM PC’s memory in 1981.
I wont steal the thunder of this article. but I will share one more myth with you. One of my favorites…
Al Gore said he invented the Internet
Al Gore was misquoted. (Click on image for more information about this myth.)
Here’s the most famous rumor of them all.
In truth, Al Gore never said he invented the Internet.
What he did say was something to the effect that he encouraged legislation that helped build the foundation of the Internet, as did many other politicians back in the day.
To read the entire article by David Ramel…..
I decided to follow the link to learn more about AL Gore Inventing the internet. Here is what I learned….
It took me to Snopes.com www.snopes.com. Snopes is a site worth a quick look.
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