Some of the most memorable IT-related quotes were uttered in courtrooms this year, which involved a steady stream of legal challenges about intellectual property. In no particular order, these are some of the comments that stuck with us as 2012 winds to a close.
"Ballmer had something, but I'm not sure it was exactly charisma. He was loud."
-- Roger Kay of Endpoint Technologies commenting on news that Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs would give the opening keynote speech at the International CES in 2013 instead of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Microsoft's CEO -- first Bill Gates and then Ballmer -- has given the opening speech every year since 1999.
Hurd imitates Ellison
"Salesforce.com doesn't make any money. They just spend money like crazy. At some point, some shareholder is going to ask them, 'Hey, this thing ever, like, show up with any cash?' I don't know why anyone would buy a stock that doesn't make money."
-- Oracle President Mark Hurd in an interview with Computerworld UK, sounding an awful lot like his boss, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, who had a quiet year by his usual quotable standards.
Take this job and shove it
"I believe I resigned. They already had a CEO."
-- Ex-Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz responding to a question from Oracle attorney Michael Jacobs regarding whether Schwartz had been "fired on day one" when Oracle bought Sun. Oracle acquired the rights to Java when it bought Sun in early 2010 and sued Google, accusing it of infringing Java patents and copyrights in the Android OS.
No fury like a scorned IT executive
"It came out in the middle of the night. I saw it the next morning."
-- Hewlett-Packard enterprise chief Ann Livermore testifying that she learned that Oracle would end development for HP's Itanium server chips from a press release she saw on the Web while she was in Virginia preparing for a shareholder meeting.
"I told her that I was furious. I asked her, 'Do you know what you've done?'"
-- Livermore on the substance of a phone call she made to Oracle co-President Safra Catz, with whom she had worked on various issues over the years that HP and Oracle had a partnership. Catz, Livermore said, was unusually quiet during that phone call and left Livermore with the impression that it was also news to her.
"I need to go talk to Larry about this."
-- Catz's response that she needed to ask Ellison what was going on, according to Livermore.
Livermore was testifying during the trial of a lawsuit HP filed against Oracle, contending that Oracle's Itanium decision violated an agreement the companies reached in the wake of Oracle hiring former HP CEO Mark Hurd in September 2010.
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