A couple of New York Perl Mongers were discussing time machines today. One said he'd go back to 1998 so he could buy the right dot.com stocks. His whole purpose was to get the largest ROI. I said he should go back even further and buy something like IBM.
But, I also thought that simply getting a lot of money wouldn't be the right thing. What if you could do something else that didn't make you rich, but made the world a better place. Would you get to IBM right before Bill Gates sold them DOS? Maybe you'd show up at Xerox Parc and tell them not to talk to Steve Jobs but to do it themselves. You could convince DEC that the world market for computers was somewhat greater than 6. I could take Randal out for a beer and steak dinner on the right night so he didn't bother to get into trouble, or patch Perl 1 to have a switch statement.
What would you go for: playing the market or changing history?