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Hello My Lovelies,

Are you ready for round…never mind…I’m too lazy to go back and count what week this is, so you’ll just have to suck it up and play along all the same ;).

If you recall from a few weeks back, I had asked you whether you prefer full or partial feeds in your RSS. At the time, I was still serving you up with partial feeds for the sole reason that I didn’t know better when I had initially set up my FeedBurner.

It’s not to say that one kind is better than the other – for each one has it’s perks as was established, and everyone has their preference in what they want to get and their reasons for using each. But what matters to me, even more so than traffic, is what my readers want to receive FROM ME!

So I asked…and I listened.

96 comments later…including a few friendly back and forth debates, it was clear that my audience prefers to receive full feeds in their RSS. So, I did the obvious thing and switched.

So for all those of you who shared your thoughts on the topic – thank you :D! I heard you loud and clear and I hope you’ll be pleased that I did in fact take action.

For those of you who aren’t yet signed up, shame on you lol! What on earth are you waiting for?

Go on, I’ll wait for you to sign up

Alright, now that that’s out of the way and I’ve shared my piece of fabulous news – let’s get down and Bring IT! on the Griddy-iron!

What Are Your Favorite Wrong Technology Predictions?

Basically, what quotes made you chuckle at how far off and dead wrong some of the wisest visionaries were?

What are some of the best or funniest predictions you’ve ever read?

Human beings, especially leading experts, have been making some outrageous predictions since the dawn of time – some were spot on whereas others, not so much.

I thought I’d so something different and maybe more fun this week for Bring IT! It might require you to do a little Googling, but what the heck – it’ll be worth it!

This post has actually been sitting in my Drafts since Feb. 4! So I figured I’d let the poor thing breathe and see the light of day.

You see? There’s an upside to having 70 unfinished drafts in your WordPress ;).

Me, My Quotes and I

Not to state what’s seemingly obvious, but I’m a huge fan of quotes. Look around and you’ll see what I mean. You’re served on a silver platter when it comes to those. Heck, I even wrote a guest post for Famous Bloggers a little while back called “66 Awesome Social Media Quotes”.

Believe it or not, I also wrote a little big book of my favorite quotes which has been sitting on my Desktop for over 5 years now. Yes…I thought it was a smart marketing tactic as well (insert sarcastic emoticon beating himself over the head). Create something cool, then hide it and don’t tell anyone about it lol!

Ha! Spoken like the true bullshit Marketing “gurunja”!

Hmmm…I should really coin that term someday. You can start sending the royalty fees my way and we’ll be good ;).

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you what two words I put together there right?

Okay, phewww…

As for Me…

Alright…now that we’ve established my little addiction – I mean infatuation, err…I mean, fondness of quotes, I can move on to share with you these fantastically ironic words of wisdom by futurists who kinda screwed up got it wrong.

But in their defense, how could they have known, right?

Here are 10 of my favs.

“Everything that can be invented has been invented.”

Charles H. Duell, Office of Patents; 1899

“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.”


Ken Olson, President, Chairman and Founder of Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC) – arguing against the PC; 1977

“With over fifteen types of foreign cars already on sale here, the Japanese auto industry isn’t likely to carve out a big share of the market for itself.”


Business Week; 1968

“The world potential market for copying machines is 5000 at most.”


IBM, to the eventual founders of Xerox, saying the photocopier had no market large enough to justify production; 1959

“We will never make a 32 bit operating system.”

Bill Gates

“To place a man in a multi-stage rocket and project him into the controlling gravitational field of the moon where the passengers can make scientific observations, perhaps land alive, and then return to earth – all that constitutes a wild dream worthy of Jules Verne. I am bold enough to say that such a man-made voyage will never occur regardless of all future advances.”

Lee DeForest, American radio pioneer and inventor of the vacuum tube; 1926

“The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys.”

Sir William Preece, Chief Engineer, British Post Office; 1878

“Television won’t be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.”

Darryl Zanuck, movie producer, 20th Century Fox; 1946

“Next Christmas the iPod will be dead, finished, gone, kaput.”

Sir Alan Sugar, British entrepreneur; 2005

I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.

Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM; 1943

What About You?

What other one’s have you come across?

Do you have any predictions of your own you’d like to share? Don’t be shy, it’s not like your words will be on the net forever ;).

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Ingrid Abboud aka 'Griddy' is a whole lot of things with a ridiculous amount of interests. For one, I'm a Social Media enthusiast with a tremendous passion for writing and blogging. I'm also a pretty cool Copywriter but a more serious MarCom Consultant. But most of all, I'm the proud owner and driving force behind - A Kinda Social Media Journal with Net News & more.

  • Travel! Round the Globe

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  • portland seo

    Not sure what you mean by ‘link email address’, but I’m pretty sure that Yahoo has it. They just want to either (a) charge you more to do it, or (b) don’t want you to be able to do it for some reason of their own.

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  • James D. Burrell II

     My limited cranial capacity is lacking in vacant space to store colossal failures quoting a particular technology’s importance; however, I’ve got a prime example of a band wagon technology investment that went horribly wrong. 

    As a high school student at the turn of the millennium, I was fortunate to have computers in many of my classroom settings. With the advent of the internet, our course material was ever evolving, and precisely current. As it was, our school board with teaming with technology enthusiasts eager to boast that our school system’s classrooms housed the latest and greatest technological advancements in education. Insert the LASER DISC. I have the time to google the average cost of equipping a classroom with LASER DISC technology, but sadly, I doubt I have the available battery life to do so. Regardless, my high school proudly put a LASER DISC system in each Science and Social Science (history, geography, etc.) classroom. To date, inside those classrooms was the only place I have EVER seen a LASER DISC. Talk about investing in a technology that was virtually DOA (dead on arrival). I’m not sure what was a bigger flop. The LASER DISC, the MINI DISC, or the ZUNE. Sorry I was so late contributing, but you know my story. Hope you had an exceptional weekend and have had a wonderful start to the work week. 

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hola Jimbo,

      And OMG!!! I remember the laser disc – we had the machines at home. Damn those discs were huge hahaha!

      Seriously how long did that invention last? Like a year or less? It’s funny cause when I’d go back to the states after summer or a vacation here – I’d realize that most people still hadn’t heard of them in the US. I guess there was a good reason why! lol

      As for Zune – not sure I remember that.

      My dear friend – you never have to apologize for anything! And you know there’s no such thing as being late here. It’s always a party and I’m always thrilled to have you come over and join whenever you can!

      I know how busy you’ve been and good for you!
      Hope all is going well on your end and I also hope you are making a little time for yourself to just relax and smell the roses. Don’t ware yourself out by working like crazy Jamey.

      Always so great to see you here. And thanks for the laser disc reminder lol. I’m sure I still have a few discs laying around somewhere :).

      Enjoy your week.
      Talk to you soon.


      • James D. Burrell II

        There’s a reason you don’t remember the Zune. I believe it was Sony’s highly touted but rather large flop of an attempt to rival the iPod back in 2006-07 (don’t hold me to that). 

        But back to the Laser Discs, you’re not kidding they were huge. So not only did our school system invest countless dollars on the system and the discs, but we had to allot storage space for those whoppers. Undoubtedly, my iPhone now has more data stored on it than all those discs combined. (again, don’t hold me to that).Salud.  

        • Ingrid Abboud

          Ahhhhh – okay! I think I may know what device you’re talking about although I had no clue as to it’s actual name lol.


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  • Nancy Davis

    I hate coming late to the party! All the food is usually gone
      as far as dumb quotes go – From Al Gore – the man who invented the Internet comes this gem ” “A zebra does not change its spots.” Epic. Good job Al.

    I have to subscribe I see. This way I don’t miss Happy Hour again!

    • Bill Dorman

      Here ya go; I see some saltines stuck in between the couch cushions and I think there is a little beer left in this can…………just sayin’……… 

      • Ingrid Abboud

        Hey!!! We don’t give people left over beer from open cans – do you mind getting her a new one from the fridge please? 😉

        Thanks Bill lol 

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Nancy,Great to have you hear joining the conversation :). And you can never be late to join the party here – it’s pretty much an ongoing thing lol. We learn, we share, we talk, we laugh…Ha! How did I not know that one from Al? Epic indeed – a zebra with spots haha.Please – by all means – don’t let me keep you from subscribing lol ;). And thank you.Welcome to our little version of “central perk” Nancy. It’s a great community and I hope to see you around these parts more often.Cheers

      • Nancy Davis

         You will be seeing more of me, you can bet on it! Now, where is that coffee?

        • Ingrid Abboud

          Ummm…that would be Gunther’s job ma dear. But he’s too busy pining over Rachel again so in the meantime I asked @a76049f6a32a1e633a732b81bafb98c9:disqus to get you a fresh beer out of the fridge lol ;).

  • John Falchetto

     Hi Griddy,

    Sorry joining this party a bit late but I just changed phones and boy I hate doing that, now I need to learn how to use the new one.

    Worst predictions ever ? “Nothing heavier than air can fly”Just before the Wright brothers made their first flight in St Louis. The crazy thing is that I have actually met people who will argue it’s true and will never get into a plane. 

    Love the messenger boy quote by the British dude. It reminds me of my life in Dubai where every company has an army of drivers which spend their days on the roads to deliver, envelopes, or even better – printed emails ! The day I saw that I was flored. Some guy was writing his email answers,  and then giving them to his PA to print on letterhead paper. This would end up in an envelope which the driver would take across town to the recipient. How to use technology very best.

    Anyways, off to organize my weekend :)

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey JF,

      You’re never late my friend. It isn’t a party until you and few others get here :).
      I’m kinda annoyed as well cause for the last week all my emails from this blog have been going to my junk folder so I haven’t been getting them on my phone Grrr….I don’t know what happened!

      I remember reading that quote actually – pretty funny. And yes, those who have a fear of planes would totally believe in it.

      As for the delivery drivers in Dubai – I come from the Middle East my friend – it pretty much works the same way here as well hahaha. Guilty as charged lol ;)!

      Hope you have an amazing weekend with MIP and BIP. My best to the both of them.
      Talk to you soon.


      • John Falchetto

        Ya for delivery drivers, what is Fedex? But don’t tell me you print emails and send them across town for a person to read and respond by sending the printed email response back to you?

        That person finally clued in how email worked but still didn’t use on weekend because the ‘people behind gmail’ obviously don’t work on weekends 😉

        • Ingrid Abboud

          Nahhhhh I’m not that bad haha!
          The email go the way they were intended to – but some of the other stuff…ummm…. 😉 
          As for the people behind Gmail not working on weekends – LMBO!!!!

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  • The JackB

    Way back in 1997 I was invited to join a start up that was going to sell things online. I said no because I didn’t think that people would be willing to spend money online.

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Oh Jack – I sure hope it wasn’t Amazon or eBay LOL ;)!Seriously though – who would have thought that we’d be so willing to plug in our credit card numbers online eh? Oh well…

      • The JackB

                             No, it wasn’t that bad. I can’t say that I would have been able to retire young or anything close to that. But I can say that when they sold the company I would have made enough to notice.

        And so it goes. It wasn’t my first mistake and it won’t be my last. The good news is that I learned a lot from it.

        • Ingrid Abboud

          Phewww….but still :(

          But you’re right in that although we will always make mistakes – we will always learn from them as well :). At least I hope!

  • davinabrewer

    TV as vast wasteland.. sorta still true for a snob like me that hates reality programming. 😉 Like all of these and it’s funny — cars, planes, radio, TV, talking in movies, faxing, texting — you name it, people has dismissed it as a passing fancy. I want to say a little over a year ago, folks were wondering “WTH do people need with an overgrown iPhone that’s not a netbook?” as four years before that, they doubted the keyboardless phone. Oh to have invested in Apple. FWIW.

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hola my dear Davina,

      Hope your day went well :).

      The ones about TV not lasting have to be some of the best I’ve heard – if only they knew that they’re an addiction for it as well haha.

      And the talking in movies – if I’m not mistaken, I believe it was Charlie Chaplin who had said something about people not wanting to watch actors talk lol.

      Funny – I think that’s what I called the iPad as well when it first came out – an over-sized iPhone. And though I saw the ingeniousness of it – that’s what I thought it was.

      There are so many companies that I would have loved to invest in – if only we could turn the clock back for only 5 minutes – just enough time for me to place a few bets and buy a few shares of oh… know, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, cell phones….;)

      Thanks for adding on with these QATA. Always puts a smile on my face when I see you’ve dropped by – so thanks :).

      Happy Friday to ya.

      • Bill Dorman

        Make a list; I’m working on a time machine so we can get a do-over….TV’s…..really…… 

        • Ingrid Abboud

          Is it gonna’ look anything like the one in “back to the future”? lol #justasking 

          • Bill Dorman

            Yes, but hot red…………… 

            • Ingrid Abboud

              So where do I sign up to test-drive it?
              Oh, and for custom orders? 

        • davinabrewer

          Call me when you get that time machine a-workin’. I got some decisions to change, stock to buy and TV shows to fix and un-cancel. 😉 

          • Ingrid Abboud

            Hey Hey lady!
            There’s a line over here okay? Hahaha
            Now which shows would you un-cancel?
            Oh, and make sure to sell those stocks before 2008 please. 

            • davinabrewer

              IDK.. I’d hang onto that Apple stock. Hmm, I’d un-cancel Firefly or do more Serenity-like sequels, Invasion, maybe have shows like FastForward warned they were a one-season wonder so they could ‘finish’ better. Oh my there are plenty more. Other shows, I’d just you know, ‘fix’ more to my liking. Or maybe cancel them even sooner before they went epically bad, ala latter season Heroes. Yes, I’m a TV junkie and have no life. 😉

              • Ingrid Abboud

                Heyyyyy – I’m a TV junkie too :))). WooHooo – another thing we have in common. I admit to loving TV and movies and series and even the damn Discovery channel lol 

                I started FastForwad and was wondering the where the heck the next season was lol.
                The only one I would really pay for to still be running – but of course to keep it’s quality – would be “Friends”. I think I may have teared a bit on the last episode of season 10. But then again – I have all 10 series so I always plug a DVD in when I need a good laugh.

                • davinabrewer

                  Ok, let’s see if anyone else picks up on this. I didn’t like “Friends.” Almost everyone else I knew did, so at times I was forced to watch it .. enough to know, I don’t like it (same with American Idol, other stuff).  Somewhere along the way, I lost interest in sitcoms and have missed out on some good stuff because of it, and now by the time I hear of them like “Modern Family,” I’m woefully behind.

                  • Bill Dorman

                    Modern Family is a hoot and they are always getting in the most awkward situations that have you cringing just watching it…….. 

                    • davinabrewer

                      See.. 1) I usually don’t like overly contrived situations and 2) I don’t like to cringe at people. Plus my other TV is regrettably cringe-worthy enough as is. 😉 No really for that show I’m just too late to the party, I’d be lost.

                    • Ingrid Abboud

                      I think they’re only on like Season 2 or something – but I’m not sure. I like sitcoms – they relax me and just make me think of nothing – which is a very, very, very rare thing for me to do ;). 

                    • davinabrewer

                      Can’t knock the nothing, this is true.. would I could think of nothing more often. I like the shows I can get into, have to think and pay attention b/c stuff actually happens. That’s what distracts me, keeps me occupied and entertained. Hmm.. what will I feel OK admitting to watching? 😉 Fringe and Castle, many more. USA puts out some summer ‘fluff’ that’s actually pretty good, White Collar is a fun caper show. Later.

                    • Ingrid Abboud

                      I’m with you on that one Bill. I really like Modern family :)).  

                  • Ingrid Abboud

                    I admit to LOVING Friends – seriously – LOVE, LOVE! 😉
                    I started Modern Family and I must say I really liked it. It’s kinda funny to see Al Bundy play a different role than the one he use to in Married with Children haha. 

      • davinabrewer

        I wish I could find something about VCRs and DVRs, sure there is someone who wondered why we’d record stuff rather than watching live. Probably doubters for anything there’s now 3 of in many households. It’s funny.. necessity used to drive invention, but today.. inventions such as mobile devices like smartphones and iPads, Internet based communities like FB they drive and change the way we work. We get them in our hands and it’s no longer necessary to stay tethered to an ‘office’ we can find ways to make them work for us. FWIW.

        • Ingrid Abboud

          Isn’t it amazing how what use to be considered as luxuries are now basic needs? I mean, if you forget your mobile phone at home would you not drive back to get it if you’re already hours away? Who would have thought we’d be dependent on a portable phone?

          Imagine what it will be like in 20 years. How many people do you think will go to the office? lol 

          • davinabrewer

            True, I remember when high-speed Internet was considered a luxury, and WiFi. Of course, not everyone has it all. I know I’m spoiled, love being able to go online at MY convenience and book trips, pay bills, etc. IDK about the office going away.. think we’ll see more home-working from accountants and lawyers and marketers, some of the time etc.. but people work together, that’s just how it goes never mind hotels, hospitals, etc. It is interesting to see how the technology is used, how for example geographical barriers are in some ways disappearing so we can chat half a world away. :-)

            • Ingrid Abboud

              In all honesty we do have all those things Davina – but it’s just the connection that’s so freaking slow and unstable. I mean for God’s sake – if it rains? Come on!!!!

              You should see my Skype connection – I usually give  up and just use the chat option cause it will disconnect about ten times during a conversation.

              Oddly enough – I don’t pay many bills online – although I really should. It’s just so much more practical!


  • Gabriele Maidecchi

    When the iPod came out me and my friends were like “lol what the heck is this? Apple will fail so bad”.
    Do I need to add anything else? :p

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Oh, I think that example is priceless in itself haha!
      Thanks Gabriele

  • Bill Dorman

    Griddy, Griddy, Griddy; I quit. I need to be invisible again. I don’t think I like being pulled away from my friends; why do I have to be so dang social.

    I seriously don’t know how you do it; my wife came in the room tonight getting on to me about being ‘addicted’ to the computer. Little did she know how famous I am now, huh? The nerve of her coming in here to tell me to take out the trash………….

    It’s funny how the life cycle of a product used to be much longer and now something can be obsolete in the blink of an eye. When I first got started in the insurance business I had to fax something from my town in Cen Fla to Tennessee. I had to go to an attorney’s office as not everybody had one, the machine was huge and it took me about 30 min to fax 20 pages. I’m pretty sure fax machines are now history…….

    I will close with, you really said some nice things about me over at Ari’s place. Certainly much appreciated and it made me realize how close I feel to a lot of you guys even though we haven’t even met. I’m sure you still very much like and appreciate the traffic. but you probably expect it to a certain degree by now. I have to tell you I was very, very humbled by the support and flabbergasted. It was really crazy to me………..I know I can be goofy at times but I do appreciate your support and putting up with me.

    I really did have little or no expectations getting into to this and I think I still have a ways to go, but what a ride.

    Thanks again for just being you.

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Howdy Bill,

      I love reading my name 3 times hahaha! It usually means it’s a good thing – unless my parents are calling me of course then….lol 😉

      Seriously – how dare your wife mention you internet addiction – does she not know who you are – I mean heck, you’re like a “Guru” and stuff hahaha. Did you show here your picture on last months cover of Time Magazine? Come on – don’t be so modest! 😉

      OH, the fax machine – but wait…do you remember the telex machine? I wan’t old enough to use it back then – or even old enough to talk properly for that matter – but I do remember hearing about it often.

      As for what I said over at Ari’s house – I hope you know that I meant every word – or else I wouldn’t have said it. You should know by now that I’m not big on bullshit and telling it like it is – is a trademark that I’d like to keep!

      The support and comments you got were well-deserved my friend as you have quickly made quite the mark and a lasting impression with many – including me of course :). And you’re absolutely right in saying how close we all feel to each other even though we may not have met in person. I know I can rely or count on some of you guys more than I can on people I actually do know and it’s truly incredible. Heck, I even know more about some of you than I do some of my friends – obviously not the close ones that is haha.

      But seriously Bill – you’re doing a hell of a job and I’m still thankful that you went ahead and created that blog of yours. I know in the beginning you were hesitant and that I may have pushed you but I have no regrets – cause look at ya now ;)! You’re a full out blogger Mr. Dorman hehe.

      I wish you nothing but continued success and it’s a pleasure to be riding the wave with you.

      Thank you for your wonderful comment. It’s always more than appreciated – as are you!

      Happy Friday


  • Jane Sheeba

    I recently subscribed to your blog and I did not feel the difference between full and partial feeds in your case. But in general I always prefer having full feeds, that lets me decide if I have to click through the link in my Google reader to leave a comment or not. Otherwise I will have to click anyway but then may not be leaving comments :) Wait while I am saying this I have to check my own feeds, don’t remember if it is full or partial. I set up and forgot it LOL.

    You should really release the quotes book, why not?


    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Jane,

      First and foremost – thank you for subscribing – I appreciate that :).

      I use to have partial feeds up until about 2 weeks ago when I switched. And in all honesty – the only reason I had partial feeds is because I figured that’s the way it was. I was new to blogging and didn’t really know the differences between the two and since my posts are often longer than most I figured it would be easier for people so that they don’t have to scroll down forever.

      But fair is fair – I asked my readers what they prefer – and I’d say a good 70% of them or so said full posts so…

      You never know though – maybe one day they’ll change their minds but until then – my readers are king ;).

      Glad you were reminded to see what you have for yours haha.

      As for my quotes book – now I just want to add more quotes to it! Awww heck, it’s gonna’ turn into a never ending process – I know it hehe.

      Thanks for stopping by and joining the conversation.


  • Joe @ Not Your Average Joe

    I have no favorite blown tech moment, but I’m also impressed you have SEVENTY posts in draft form. That’s some crazy productivity. Now I don’t feel so bad about my ten unfinished drafts!!

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Joe,

      Believe it or not – I actually had more than that in drafts but I’ve been going through them and deleting the one’s that no longer apply – you know the kind – like Apple just released a new thingy called the iPad and stuff like that haha.

      I’m hoping to get that number down a little more even. Oh well…

      Thanks for dropping by.

  • Dino Dogan

    The dude that started FedEx got a C- when he was in college from his professor because the overnight delivery system wasn’t -as per the professor- feasible. Hah!

    • Ingrid Abboud

      YES! I remember that one – something about the idea being interesting but not being “feasible”. I have that one included in the book I was talking about haha. Loved that!

      And people argue that professors don’t know it all! Sheesh! lol 😉

  • Carl

    MySpace is Number One. Facebook doesn’t stand a chance…… oops on that

    No search engine will ever be able to compete with Yahoo…..

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Ah yes – My Space is a biggie when it comes to predictions. But can you imagine anything beating Facebook today? 😉

      As for Yahoo – who would have thought another crazy fun, meaningless name like Google would arise? Ouch!Thanks for adding to the conversation here Carl. Appreciated.Cheers

  • Arsham Mirshah

    “I see no good reasons why the views given in this volume should shock the religious sensibilities of anyone.” — Charles Darwin, The Origin Of Species, 1869.

    Um, Charles, buddy… Have you MET the religious people of your time? I would guess not.

    That quote isn’t really technology related, just the first one that came to mind :)

    Awesome topic Ingrid, thanks for the smiles!

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Ah yes – the theory of evolution – how could I forget that one?!!! Thanks for this great addition Arsham – that has to be the one that has caused so much controversy in during our time.

      Technology related or not – I’m glad you shared it and it’s well worth being on this list here of brilliant predictions ;).

      Glad I could add a smile – I do try :).

      Have a good Friday the 13th hehe.


  • Jennifer Devitt

    How about “Y2K & the end of the world!” Everyone thought computers would explode & shut down!

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Oh, I still remember that phase Jennifer. Everyone was in a panic about Y2K.
      The end of the world is next year right? According to the Inca’s or Maya’s was it? Either or… 😉

  • Shonali Burke

    70 DRAFT POSTS?!!! Dang, Griddy!

    I love the examples you gave. I don’t have the exact quote handy, but there was a TIME piece from the ’60s that predicted e-commerce (which is majorly dependent on technology) wouldn’t take off. Also, President Rutherford B. Hayes thought the telephone was a great invention but that no one would use it.

    I remember these because I used them in an Ignite presentation last year:

    • Ingrid Abboud

      70 indeed my dear!!!
      And that’s AFTER I went on a deleting binge! haha

      Well it seems President Rutherford was a true visionary – I mean really – who would want to use a phone when you can keep using messenger boys on horses like Paul Revere and stuff haha!

      It’s funny how we can laugh about some of these – but I really wonder if we would have thought the same back then. I know today – we can never say never. Technology is moving at such a ridiculous pace that nothing would surprise me.

      Many years ago – I had read an article that said we would be having flying cars by the year 2089 or so. I don’t remember the exact date but although we could say WTF – I’d kinda rather not haha.

      Thanks for sending me that link Shonali – I will make sure to watch that with a fresh eye in the morning :).

      Great of you to drop by and share – as usual :).

      Wishing you a very happy Friday.



      • Bill Dorman

        Nooooooo, don’t delete; I will gladly take your trash and I will even get a wig so when people read it as mine and say “that sure sounds like Griddy” and then look at the Avatar, it might throw them a little bit but I think we can pull it off. I won’t shave my legs though……… they shave legs in Lebanon? Just askin’……………….:)

        • Ingrid Abboud

          Seriously Bill – Okay then…you can be the first to announce the arrival of this new ting called the iPad – and many more like it haha!

          Why would the avatar throw them? I think we almost look like twins don’t you?

          As for your question – does cow dong have a smell? 😉 

          • Bill Dorman

            Work with me; I’m looking for a new direction, I can go from the invisible blogger to the irrelevant blogger.

            Pretty damn close but I have blue eyes, but who can tell on that Avatar anyway.

            I was just kiddin’ about the furry legs………

            • Ingrid Abboud

              Well if you decide to use the unfinished drafts I was trashing then you’d be the “belated blogger” haha.

              Damn it – my eyes are brown! I guess we’re fraternal twins then ;).


      • Shonali Burke

         Now I’m going to go into my Editorial Calendar plugin (do you use that, btw?) and plug in 71 headlines and gibberish in the body, so that they qualify as drafts, LOL.

        I don’t really want to see flying cars either. I like having my skies relatively clear, thank you very much.

        Hope you enjoy the video… I thought you might get a kick out of it and I knew you wouldn’t mind my sharing here. You have a great Friday too!

        • Ingrid Abboud

          It’s funny you mention that plugin Shonali – I downloaded it not long ago but never activated it. How do you like it? Does it come in handy?

          I’m not sure about the flying cars – but being able to have the perks of SuperMan and Batman would be pretty cool eh? lol 😉

          And my dear friend – you are always more than welcome to share any link you like on this blog and I will be happy to look at it :). Speaking of which – I did get a kick out of your non-geek speech lol. I’m kind of excited for web 4.0 too now! But any chance we can negotiate the shaving our heads part? haha

          You have such charisma on stage – it was fun to watch you talk and nice boots!! Woohooo :)


          • Shonali Burke

            I LOVE the Editorial Calendar plugin. It’s super-easy to use, you can begin a new post right from within the calendar, go straight into editing posts, drag & drop ’em if you want to move ’em around for scheduling purposes… it’s awesome! And Zack is very helpful if you have a problem with it as well.

            Yea, I don’t think I’ll be shaving my head any time soon either… thank you for watching and the kind words!

            • Ingrid Abboud

              Hey Shonali,

              Thanks for getting back to me on that. I’ve been having a small problem with email and all my blog address mails have been going to junk for some reason so I’m getting back to folks late and it’s really annoying. I have no clue why it did that and I keep going through each and saying “not junk” or “move ot inbox” and whatever but still no luck.

              I will have to check out that plugin again as it sounds pretty neat. Thank you!

              Oh, and hear, hear about not having to shave our heads lol! 

            • Ingrid Abboud

              Hey Shonali,

              Thanks for getting back to me on that. I’ve been having a small problem with email and all my blog address mails have been going to junk for some reason so I’m getting back to folks late and it’s really annoying. I have no clue why it did that and I keep going through each and saying “not junk” or “move ot inbox” and whatever but still no luck.

              I will have to check out that plugin again as it sounds pretty neat. Thank you!

              Oh, and hear, hear about not having to shave our heads lol! 

              • Bill Dorman

                We heard about your internet woes; are you having trouble seeing the smoke signals when we send you e-mails………….. 

                • Ingrid Abboud

                  Yesssss :( I’m afraid I won’t know on time when the new pope is elected ;). It’s really annoying actually – it’s still doing that till now. No clue what must have happened. Oh well…. 

              • Shonali Burke

                That is so weird about the spam. But who am I to talk, I’m almost always late, LOL. You’re very welcome and thank YOU! 

                • Ingrid Abboud

                  AHHHHHHH they’re still going to spam until today! I’ve tried everything – I have no clue why. And I go through each one saying it’s safe and not junk and whatever…. :( 

  • Ivin

    Then there’s a verseBin the Christian bible that says ‘there’s nothing new under the sun’. I think I wrote a post once along the lines of the lyrics of Nas: ‘No ideas original. It’s very seldom someone comes up with new ideas/concepts and breaks open new ground. That’s a ground breaking blogger.

    Where do you get the trackback url plugin and how does it work?

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Ivin and welcome

      Ha! I guess not as seldom as that eh? 😉 
      Thanks for sharing that verse – I appreciate it.

      As for the trackback url – it should be in your WP already – when you open a new post you have to put a check next to it – it should say something like allow trackbacks and pingbacks and another one that says allow comments.

      Hope that helps.

  • SoloBizCoach

    Another favorite of mine is “Why would anyone want to carry around a telephone?”

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Ha! Brilliant haha! Thanks for sharing that one Fred.


    • Bill Dorman

      That’s a good one Fred.

  • SoloBizCoach

    Well, this is somewhat backwards, but one technology claim I can’t understand is how electric cars are green. In effect, they burn coal. You know, that black, dirty stuff.

    • Ingrid Abboud

      And yet another one!
      Awesome Fred :).

  • Christian Hollingsworth

    Everything that can be invented has been invented. That’s pure ludicrous talk! Did he even ever stop to think of the new things that were being invented around him on a daily basis? Or thought of the progression that had been made over hundreds of years?! Sure thought that one was quite funny.

    • Bill Dorman


    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Christian,

      Nice to see you over here :). 

      You know what I don’t get with that one – is that even today we still can’t say that – and back then – inventions were being made every minute! That has to be the one that boggled my mind the most. Most of the others – I can understand – I mean really – who would have thought someone could outdo MySpace or that computers wouldn’t weigh less than 2 tons.

      But hey, I’m no expert and certainly not a futurist!

      Thanks for dropping by and joining the conversation. Hope to see you around these parts more often.


  • Benny Hsu

    I like that iPod one! So funny. I did a post on my blog about failed predictions not too long ago. I don’t know if it’s cool to post the link but I’ll share a couple I liked….

    “With over fifteen types of foreign cars already on sale here, the Japanese auto industry isn’t likely to carve out a big share of the market for itself.” – Business Week, August 2, 1968.

    “Television won’t last because people will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.” – Darryl Zanuck, movie producer, 20th Century Fox, 1946.

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Benny,

      The iPod one is just rich! haha
      As for sharing links here – I’m cool with it as long as the links are pertinent and aren’t left in a spammy way – so no worries in this case :).

      Also – both of those quotes you shared are awesome – and they are already included here – so not sure if these are your favs from this article or from yours.

      Thanks a lot for adding on to the conversation here :). There truly are some memorable not so wise words of wisdom eh? lol


  • Brankica U

    Even before I got to your quotes I was thinking of those. My favorites are ”
    Everything that can be invented has been invented.
    ” And all that have to do with “we don’t need more cars, computers and iPods”.

    This is such a great topic, I can’t believe you help it hostage till now!

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Sharpy,

      What are you doing in front of the computer – go and rest! And that’s an order my dear! Ummm…a friendly one with a really gentle tone of course hahaha.

      You’d be surprised by how many cool hostages I have sitting in my WP lol. I had this one for a few months now – but of course, it was unfinished so I did a lot of the writing today and turned into a bring it style post.

      Glad you enjoyed it. I know it’s different than usual but hopefully just as entertaining.


    • Bill Dorman

      I like the patent one; I was thinking of that the other day and trying to remember the year. I was thinking 1901. All those quotes are great however.

      • Ingrid Abboud

        Bill – is there something we should know? Were you alive back then? haha 😉

        I love these quotes too – there are so many of them but I just included 10 so as not to leave you guys with an eBook lol.

        • Bill Dorman

          Shhhh, everybody thinks I’m this hip, young, techie entrepreneur; I just use a distinguished looking Avatar to give me some credibility. Maybe I should have used a more recent example, huh?

          Don’t tell anybody, ok? Lets just keep this between me and you………

          • Ingrid Abboud

            Of course I won’t tell anybody Bill – are you kidding?! I mean this blog is totally private – no one will see what you write here haha!

            Oh, and while we’re keeping secrets – I won’t tell anyone about your belly dancing classes. I mean seriously – I’m Lebanese Bill! You’d think I’d want to know something like that right?!!! 😉

  • Ken Mueller

    Well, back in the day, when Facebook was still a teeny weeny baby, I spent a lot of time speaking to groups about Social Media (mostly from the sociological/cultural perspective) and I told people something along the lines of… “MySpace is a giant. There is no way anyone can touch them”

    Um…I was wrong.

    • Ingrid Abboud

      LOL Ken!

      I love that you were honest enough to share that. And I’m sure just about anybody in the field would have said the same. MySpace – although I’ve never used it was the giant at the time. But it only takes one “little” thing to bring down a giant. David and Goliath? 😉

      Ummm…I think you were wrong too but hey, so were IBM, Business Week and Bill Gates…! haha

      Thanks for sharing Ken.


      • Ken Mueller

        Does that mean I’m on equal footing with Bill Gates? I’ll take that! Where’s my money??

        • Ingrid Abboud

          Yes you are Ken. And when the post office finds your check – please make sure to share the wealth okay? haha 😉 

    • Arsham Mirshah

      Hahaha happens to the best of us Ken! — I remember being in college when MySpace was blowing up and FB had just come out…

      A professor and some students were like: “Why would anyone want to share their life online? … Who would ever post pictures of them partying? … etc…”

      To answer their question: 500M+ people, that’s who.

      Frankly, I would have NEVER guessed it myself… who knew.

      • Ingrid Abboud

        Seriously – why would people want to share their pics online with friends? haha
        How about the status update – I mean really – do you want your friends to know whether you’re single or “it’s complicated”? lol 😉

        In all honesty – I do admit to not sharing much on my personal FB account – some things are just meant to remain private I guess – at least for me.

        Cheers Arsham