John McAfee

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John McAfee (born September 18, 1945), Founder of McAfee Anti-Virus company and self help author


  • A good example is more irritating than a bad one.
    • From a presentation in Munich, Jan 1991, in response to an audience question on why his competitors complained about his business practices.[specific citation needed]
  • If you own the facts, you may distort them as you like.
    • To anti-virus researcher Pame Kane at the 1992 Computer Virus Conference in response to Kane’s assertion that McAfee’s virus scanner did not work.
  • Ignorance and confidence are constant companions
    • “Into the Heart of Truth” 2001
  • Disobedience is the vehicle of progress.
    • Explaining why he did not follow the normal rules of business to reporter Josh Quittner in 1992
  • History is sympathetic to its authors.
    • “Into the Heart of Truth” 2001
  • If the majority holds some thing of value, you can be certain it has none.
    • Anti-virus presentation, Sydney Australia, 1991, on the general trend away from virus scanning as a valid method of virus control.
  • Opinions need a willing ear.
    • “Beyond the Siddhis” 2002
  • If you have the winning cards, why cheat?
    • Good Morning America, June 1991 when asked if he manipulated the results of his product’s virus detection percentage.
  • Hope is paltry food for living.
    • “Into the Heart of Truth” 2001
  • [S]oftware production is unlike any other production that preceded it. No raw materials are required, no time is required, and no effort is required. You can make a million copies of a piece of software instantaneously for free. It's a totally new paradigm of production.
    • "Nerds 2.0.1 - A Brief History of the Internet" - Part 3

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