Scott McNealy, pictured below with Steve Ballmer of Microsoft, stepped down from his role as CEO of Sun Microsystems. Sun is a technology company in a lot of trouble right now.

McNealy was never shy. I remember meeting him in Toronto a few years back. His opening line to me: “If the banks aren’t they’re dot.gone.” Just for the record, the banks are doing much, much better than Sun.

A friend of mine passed me a list of Scott McNealy-isms. Here are a few of them. And remember, this guy was leading a multi-billion dollar operation.

  • “Probably the most dangerous and powerful industrialist of our age.” (Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates)
  • “Ballmer and Butt-Head.” (Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Gates)
  • “A giant hair ball.” (Microsoft’s Windows and Windows NT)
  • “General and motors.” (Microsoft and Intel)
  • “Windows More Errors” (Windows ME)
  • “Look Out” (Microsoft’s Outlook)
  • “The Corvair of Web servers, unsafe at any speed” (Internet Information Server)
  • “Captive Directory” (Active Directory)
  • “.Not,” “.Not Yet” and “.Nut” (Microsoft’s .Net development strategy)
  • “The beast from Redmond” and “the evil empire.” (Microsoft and its headquarters)
  • “Only a monopolist could study a business and ruin it by giving away products.”
  • “Microsoft is now talking about the digital nervous system. I guess I would be nervous if my system was built on their technology, too.”
  • “I’ve always argued the best way to keep your teenager off drugs is buy him a Pentium Pro, give him NT and Microsoft Office and a printer, and tell him you get $500 if you can print something out of PowerPoint on that printer. That will take him six months of drug-free activity. I think that’s probably the best thing you could possibly do for your teenager.”
  • “The visual I see is a slow-motion collision of two garbage trucks–and they are just about to meet bumpers.” (On the prospects for the Hewlett-Packard and Compaq merger.)
  • “Is there a McNealy’s law? Yeah, that’s ‘eat lunch or be lunch.’ Or if you’re in academia, ‘do lunch, or be lunch.’

McNealy and Ballmer

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