2002 quotes of the year

Mergers, scandals, takeovers and tight budgets dominated the IT industry in 2002 and produced some memorable sound bites on the...

Mergers, scandals, takeovers and tight budgets dominated the IT industry in 2002 and produced some memorable sound bites on the way. Remember these gems?

"I'm not proud. We really haven't done everything we could to protect our customers. Our products just aren't engineered for security. Every operating system out there is about equal in the number of vulnerabilities reported. We all suck."
Brian Valentine, senior vice-president of Windows at Microsoft, on the sorry state of Windows 2000 security


"The plaintiffs are not here to seek the destruction of Microsoft. The plaintiffs' goal is to make sure Microsoft behaves properly. Microsoft has done much good in this world, but it has also acted very, very badly."
Brendan Sullivan, attorney representing nine states that refused to sign a settlement with Microsoft in the long-running antitrust case.


"I wish our customers had more money."
Scott McNealy, Sun Microsystems chairman, chief executive officer.


"My initial reaction when Carly [Fiorina] told me was, 'You've got to be kidding'. It was the last thing on my mind."
Ann Livermore, head of Hewlett-Packard's services group, on being told that HP was making an offer for Compaq.


"We've lost credibility with Wall Street and the press little by little over the last six months. The public perception of WorldCom and the reality of WorldCom are at odds."
John Sidgmore (March 2002) when he took over from Bernard Ebbers as chief executive of WorldCom.

"This whole financial story has gotten a little out of hand."
Scott Sullivan, WorldCom chief financial officer (May 2002)

"The WorldCom disclosures confirm that accounting improprieties of unprecedented magnitude have been committed in the public markets."
The US Securities and Exchange Commission, after WorldCom fired Sullivan and admitted almost $4bn in accounting irregularities.

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