With 2009, and the decade, drawing to a close, we've trawled back over a year's worth of IT-related quotes to find just which ones really stood out, for the right or wrong reasons. Here's our 15 most memorable IT quotes of 2009.

Ashes to ashes

"Even if I had money, I would rather burn everything I own and not even give them the final dust from the burning."

The Pirate Bay's Peter Sunde after he and the three others who ran the BitTorrent site were found guilty of, and fined for, being accessories to crimes against copyright law in Sweden.

Yes, ma'am

"More than anything, let's give this company some friggin' breathing room. It's been too crazy, everybody on the outside deciding what Yahoo should do, shouldn't do, what's best for them. That's gonna stop."

Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz in a press conference after she was tapped in January to take the top job at the struggling company.

Can you hear me now?

"I think we're going to be able to hang onto one of these. My working assumption, and this is not new, is that anything I write on an email could end up being on CNN.

So I make sure to think before I press 'send'. It's just one tool among a number of tools that I'm trying to use, to break out of the bubble, to make sure that people can still reach me.

If I'm doing something stupid, somebody in Chicago can send me an email and say, 'What are you doing?' I want to be able to have voices, other than the people who are immediately working for me, be able to reach out and send me a message about what's happening in America."

President Barack Obama, speaking to CNN just before his inauguration about his hopes that he would be able keep his BlackBerry.

That's what they all say

"Twitter is not interested in being acquired by a bigger company, we want to build an impressive company on our own and we believe that we can."

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone to audience of Twitter users at an October event in Tokyo.

Dealing with distraction

"In order to take myself out of the limelight and focus on my health, and to allow everyone at Apple to focus on delivering extraordinary products, I have decided to take a medical leave of absence until the end of June."

Apple CEO Steve Jobs in an early January letter to employees announcing his medical leave of absence.

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