The wonderful thing about the technology industry is that it's full of interesting, innovative, wacky and downright weird people. This means you can always count on someone, somewhere, to be on the verge of opening their mouth and saying something memorable, clever or downright stupid.
This year was no different. As we demonstrated on the quotes page of the V3 Tablet App each month, there were plenty of good soundbites that made us think, laugh or shake our heads ruefully. So in time-honoured fashion, we've put together our favourites from the year.
But remember, while it's easy to think it'll never happen to you, it only takes one poorly thought-out sentence or off-the-cuff comment and you too could become an unintentional star.
10. "How dare I send just a t-shirt to people as a thanks?" – Ramses Martinez, Yahoo
In September, Yahoo came under fire from security researchers after it emerged that it was was paying ethical hackers – who found potentially serious security flaws in Yahoo's websites – in $12.50 Yahoo Store vouchers. These entitled security professionals to buy Yahoo branded mugs, caps and T-shirts.
In response, Yahoo security director Ramses Martinez put out a blog post that can only be described as 'woe is me'. It turned out he'd been funding the supply of Yahoo goods out of his own pocket.
"How dare I send just a t-shirt to people as a thanks?" he lamented.
Yahoo swiftly amended its policies, and diligent security buffs can now net a cool $15,000 for a bug find. Result.
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