Scott McNealy's top five one-liners of all time (WARNING: Microsoft and Linux bashing)

With the news that Scott McNealy has stepped down as CEO at Sun, there have already been a number of retrospective looks at his tenure and his impact on the technology field. However, my favorite piece on McNealy was's list of famous zingers delivered by the razor-tongued McNealy. Here are my top five:

5. "Technology has the shelf life of a banana."

4. "If I could embed a locator chip in my child right now, I know I would do that. Some people call that Big Brother; I call it being a father."

3. "You already have zero privacy—get over it."

2. "Open source is free like a puppy is free."

1. "With Microsoft, the first hit is always free—remember that all your life."

Don't worry, Scott, we'll remember. We'll remember.


Jason Hiner is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He writes about the people, products, and ideas changing how we live and work in the 21st century. He's co-author of the book, Follow the Geeks.

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