13 Biggest Tech Blunders of the Decade

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strykyr

You sir, are nuckin futs.

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Havok

You made it onto the podcast, good for you! Oh wait, it was in a bad way though...

So, riddle me this though, what type of HDD are you using, and what are these mythical real world conditons you speak of.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Do you think copy and paste is not Real World?

Read my older posts for all the details

There's gold in them thar hills

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igoka

Phenom , Google , Zune , PS3 Fail ? What have you been smoking lately ? About BTX there are some manufacturers who keep using this form factor ( Dell, Gateway etc. )

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Baer

First of all let me agree with NetBooks, they are toys and are so frustrating that even my Grandaughter sold hers. As for replacing one with an iPad, come on, yet anothor toy, better design but still, no flash, no multitasking, so many things it will not do, a toy. I replaced the Netbook with a Lenovo combo tablet with an i7, very fast, does everything that a larger notebook does but it has an excellent touchscreen and while slightly larger than a pad it is far from an AppleKiddies toy.

As for Spore, it was partially killed by the other really bad actor on the list, DRM. The Spore DRM angered so many of us that we never got far enough along with it to soo its other flaws.

I have one big gaming disapointment to add, that is E A buying Orgin Systems and then killing off the Ultima franchise. Baaaad ZuZU E A, you will pay for that one :-)

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TommM

Ever since Avatar was released, we've had 3D everything crammed down our throat and other than an IMAX setting, it's all crap.  Somewhere along the lines all the manufacturer powers at be decided we needed 3D when not a single person was asking for it.

Until they get rid of the stupid glasses, have a decent amount of media and it's reasonable in cost, it's always going to be a joke that only those people with more money than sense will get involved in.

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greencpu

How could the comments section's spam filter not be on this list?

 

 

I keed!  I keed!

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Talcum X

glad it's gone...

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Talcum X

The last decade started Jan 1 2000, and ended Dec. 31, 2009.   So we are headed into the 2nd year of this decade.

I know I will get flak for this as the debate could continue on where time started, when did the millenium actully end/begin, blah blah blah.  Just makes sense this way, without getting overly technical.

So for last decade, the Y2K bug scare... so over hyped.  The world did not end, the finincial system didn't melt down...   Now if we can get past the 12-21-2012 scare date, then we can all breath again.

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Queenof1

..since there was no year 0. The year following 1 BC was 1 CE. Decades in the CE are from 1-10 whereas decades in BC were from 10-1.

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Jelson

A decade goes from 1 to 10, not 0 to 9. 

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Torqumada286

What about the the last of the Voodoo video card series?

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AETAaAS

I have to disagree with the Phenom, Netbooks and PS3 being failures. I have had 3 Phenoms; the 9850, 940 and 1090T. Why? Because it simply made sense. When they first came out, they were much cheaper than comparable Intels and still delivered good performance. With Overdrive; they were a cinch to overclock, but I rarely ever felt it was necessary.

Netbooks did not fail; for the simple reason that they sold well. They don't deliver much performance but they opened up a world beyond 3 hours of battery life. :P And the PS3 may not have sold as much as the 360 in America but it did in its home; Japan. Finally; the Nintendo Wii? With graphics that look worse than some smart phone games and a controller which is 'innovative' in the same way that installing a car's tyre sideways is innovative, its only appeal is watered down games and milking Nintendo's old franchises till they turn black and drop off...

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Teh_tourist

How is the PS3 a blunder? it's only roughly 2% behind the Xbox 360 as far as sales go. And as for finding a cure for cancer, the PS3 supports folding@home which actually helps find a cure for cancer. You are right though, it doesn't solve world hunger...

the Playstation 3 has hosted some of the best games of this console generation. The Uncharted series, Metal Gear Solid 4, Grand Turismo 5 are all PS3 exclusive. Also don't forget that it had a very large part in cementing Blu-ray as the new physical media king. If you're judging by sales the PS3 is no blunder, if you're judging by quality of titles the PS3 is no blunder, if you're judging by features the PS3 is no blunder. It sounds like you're mad at the PS3 for making your expensive HD DVD player useless.

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Teh_tourist

How is the PS3 a blunder? it's only roughly 2% behind the Xbox 360 as far as sales go. And as for finding a cure for cancer, the PS3 supports folding@home which actually helps find a cure for cancer. You are right though, it doesn't solve world hunger...

the Playstation 3 has hosted some of the best games of this console generation. The Uncharted series, Metal Gear Solid 4, Grand Turismo 5 are all PS3 exclusive. Also don't forget that it had a very large part in cementing Blu-ray as the new physical media king. If you're judging by sales the PS3 is no blunder, if you're judging by quality of titles the PS3 is no blunder, if you're judging by features the PS3 is no blunder. It sounds like you're mad at the PS3 for making your expensive HD DVD player useless.

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lunchbox73

Not sure how you think Google is blunder? They are one of the most successful tech companies in the world.

As far as the Zune goes, it pains me to agree with you. I am a Zune fanboy to the core and my ZuneHD is one of my prized posessions. The Zune Pass is nothing short of amazing if you're a music lover. How can it be that such a great product (in my mind at least) that's been out for years is still unknown by a majority of common folk?

I'm tired of this conversation between me and Joe Sixpack:

Joe: "Hey what's that in your hand?"

Me: "It's a Zune."

Joe: "A what? Zoom?"

Me: "Zune. It's an media player for music and videos and what-not."

Joe: "Oh, an ipod."

Me: "No, it's like an iPod but Microsoft makes it. It's called a Zune."

Joe: "Huh?"

 

Nice marketing you've got there Microsoft. FAIL. I'm also a Phenom fanboy so that bit about Phenoms hurts as well. :(

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jackal49

I love my Zune.  I have an original 30 GB Brown (for my kids' videos), a Pink 4 GB (for the wife), and a ZuneHD 32 for myself.  Apple, or any other service for that matter, can't touch the Zune Pass.  The Sandisk Senza came close, but it only streamed if you had active wifi.  As long as you connect your Zune at least once every 30 days, your ZunePass music won't expire.

Also, I built my wife a new computer with a Phenom II X4 with an SSD, and the thing flies.  I couldn't be more excited about my upcoming Core i7 build, SATA 6Gb SSD, and triple channel memory.  As far as the guy saying SSDs are slow, I'm not sure what his setup is, but it's obviously not capitalizing on SSD features.  Or he got a bad one.

All of you ZUNE haters should try it out WITH AN OPEN MIND.  You might be surprised...

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Havok

I totally agree with you on all of your points.

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Biggins

I own a Phenom and use Vista. I've had very few problems with them. Core i7 and Win 7 are slightly better products but that doesn't mean Phenom and Vista are failures. They just didn't live up to their expectations. And people (e.g. journalists and tech bloggers) complained a lot about Vista. "It's too hard, I'm going back to Win XP." Cry babies.

CNET has a list of the decade's 30 biggest tech flops. One of them is the DVD Recorder; compared to the Tivo it is outclassed. I purchased a Panasonic DVD Recorder for $200 in February and it works fine. I only have broadcast TV and I didn't want to pay $600 for a DVR. I wanted to build a HTPC but I had a lot of problems recording TV shows to my PC. And I didn't want a PC running 24 x 7 in my living room.

A lot of the items on the list aren't complete failures. There are just slightly better choices out there. For example, if I have a bunch of PS2 games, the obvious choice is to buy the PS3 so I can play my old games. I thought Loyd might mention the PS3 is doing REALLY well in Japan, but that's because the Japanese prefer products made by Sony instead of Microsoft.

It's like Consumer Reports saying the Toyota Camry is the best midsize sedan. That doesn't mean all the rest of the cars are failures. It just means the Camry is slightly better.

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HeartBurnKid

Unless you're one of the suckers who paid $700 for a PS3 back when they were new, whether you own PS2 games shouldn't be a factor in your current gen purchase.  PS3 hasn't included backwards compatibility for a long time.

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jackal49

Paid 599 for my Fat PS3.  I took the two bundled games with it back to the store.  BOOM!  120 bucks store credit.  So my PS3 was 479.  That's just about what I paid for my Xbox 360 Elite.  But I love that I can play PS2 and PS1 games, and use the memory cards.  Lots of great memories.  I've been a hardcore gamer since the 80's.  Man I feel old now...

While classic PS2 and PS1 games don't look very good on large HDTVs, they look fine a mid-sized LCD.  For me, it was about replacing my aging PS2.  Factor that in with the Blu Ray player, which were about 300 at the time, then I still feel like I got a good deal.  Such is the price for adopting new technologies.  If that's not what you're here for, then maybe MaxPC isn't for you.

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Biggins

For the record, I don't own a PS3, XBox 360 or any other consoles. The last console I had was a SNES. I heard that most of the PS2 games would work on the PS3. I never tried it myself.

I hinted at this before but I'll say it again... Most of the items on this "Fail" list should be listed under "Dissapointments" or "Didn't live up to their expectations/hype."

You might also add the PsykoAudio 5.1 headset to this list. It was rated the "Best of CES 2010" by a lot of websites. When it finally came out in October, it cost $300 and was mediocre. There were a lot of cords and a separate amplifier with more cords. Games sounded okay but music sounded bad. The Corsair HS1 got really good reviews. It only has 1 USB cord and costs $100.

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chart2006

I agree...  Stealing content is wrong but DRM is wrong in the sense that nothing we buy anymore belongs to us.  I dislike companies such as Steam who greatly restrict what we can do with our own copy of the game.  Same goes with Microsoft as you are only allowed to install a copy of Windows of which you paid for on a machine a limited number of times.  I tend to upgrade my computers components about once a year and therefore have to do a clean install but my OEM copy is attached to the previous motherboard.  Many times I do call Microsoft and they work with me and I end up being able to recycle my copy but Steam and many other companies are much less forgiving.  I finished my copy of MW2 and can't give it or loan it to a friend of which you can do on many console games.  I'm not a console gamer but this is resulting in me getting away from PC gaming and gaming all together because I get so frustrated that I have to have internet access just to play a single player game of Starcraft 2.  Internet access isn't always available. 

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XoRn

... or physics processing units, for those of you who have forgotten, displayed a huge amount of market potential and solid upgrade options for gamers at one point. They had slick tech demos and relatively beneficial performance increases and ran about the same cost as a midrange graphics card. Unfortunately they didn't get the support they needed and with the ever increasing development of faster CPU/GPU's quickly lost their thunder.

I'm assuming also the NGage was left of the list because this is the top blunders and not "catastrophic disasters". The taco phone was doomed the moment it was conceived.

Don't even get me started on MMO flops like Star Trek Online, Conan Online, Aion, The Matrix, Everquest 2, Final Fantasy XIV, Vanguard. The list just goes on and on and on.

 

 

 

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Peanut Fox

Though not truly an MMO, how could you leave off APB!?  

I'd like to add ESA to the list.  

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XoRn

Oh yes, and I forgot another big one, Tabula Rasa. I think it stayed up for what, 3 months?  There's another one that I can't seem to remember the name of that was a FPS that didn't last to long. It had something to do with angles and I remember it going down for good after about 6 months.

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compguytracy

Well, I have to agree with the Zune fail, i am in no way a apple fan, but i have a 160gb ipod, and still have room on it if i do want to play videos, but for what i do with it, mostly leave it in my car, hooked up, via the usb interface, to my car stereo, giving me full controll of my ipod, then it is a massive success as far as im concerned, the only reason i did not buy a zune was the size, 32gb? wtf, i have a huge media library, why would i want to not keep my ipod synched to my whole library? my daughter has the 32gb touch, and if not for the size, i would have had that one myself. as for the ps3, really, fail? the only problem i have is no backwards compatabity. so it is either buy the game again, if it exists, on the ps store, or hook up my ps2, i absolutley love my ps3, plays bluray. all my burned dvds, i can put in .avi files, plays them, surf the net, etc. not fail, i love all the games i have rented, owned, uncharted 2, cod, moh, gow3, gt5 not so hot due to load times, but graphically amazing, dantes inferno, ad infinium. so far no dissapointment to me, the last person to actually own a console, as i game on my puter alot more than the wii we got, that thing is collecting dust, and if not for the teenagers in the house, would be pawn store fodder.

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