Floods, Flops and Failures: 21 Of Tech's Worst Disasters

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Free_Wheely

Betamax was the better system compared to VHS, the only reason betamax "flopped" was that the porn industry decided to go with VHS and that as they say was that.

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Eoraptor

That's not exactly true. Yes betamax had better quality visuals and sound, however, VHS had the greater density. A VHS cassette could easily hold two hours in its early implimentations while betamax could not, which is why hollywood (including porn) largely chose it to fit movies on.

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Alperian

I agree with Brad Nimbus. I had Vista installed on a work machine (over the top of XP too) and that installation  lasted for 4 years trouble-free with over 144 programs listed. Every '98/ME piece of garbage {3rd party dlls in the kernal - how stupid is that looking back?} had to be clean reinstalled every six months and usually when a client was crying urgently.

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Brad Nimbus

Wait, you think that Vista is worse than ME? I'll admit I'm pretty high right now but I'd sooner trust an abacus to run my computer rather than that mess.

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TheMiddleman

Jeez... what's with all the spelling and grammar mistakes in this article?

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Device Unknown

really? are you that anal retentive?

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jedisamurai

But I LOVE Clippy!!!!!!

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lhatten

I agree.  Until SP1, I understand the network speeds were very poor.  Other than that (and SP1 fixed it) the main problem was with old hardware.  Microsoft got blamed because hardware manufacturers refused to create drivers for older (a couple of years) hardware.  In my case it was a HP printer.  The printer was perfectly good, but I could not use it with Vista.  Tried all of the hacks and not joy.  After SP1 I had no problems with Vista.  I do prefer 7, but it was incremtntly better than Vista, not like the radical difference between XP and ME.  The editors at Max PC should know better!

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LatiosXT

I honestly feel the Vista hate is severely blown over. I had a midrange laptop with the first flavor of Vista. It ran fine. I had no issues with it whatsoever aside from the odd UAC hiccup. And a good chunk of Vista's earlier problems were because drivers weren't released in a timely manner. Not to mention the confusion with hardware requirements.

And unlike what I hear about Windows Me, at least Vista was usable.

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mysterymantis

Why is the HP Touchpad on this list as a failure?  It's not the device that had problems, it's HP themselves.  The Touchpad is actually a pretty good tablet, and that is coming from someone that thinks tablets are all overrated. 

 

It couldn't help that HP's leadership lost their friggin minds for a month.  It's the whole fiasco that lead to the clearance of the Touchpad that should have been on the list, not the Touchpad itself (Call it, HP Loses it's mind for a month).  If it was a flop, then it would have been like that Gizmondo thing; it wouldn't have sold for any price.  Touchpads were bought in droves for 99 bucks, then often re-sold for 200-250 bucks.  That's not a flop, that's something else altogether.

Though I don't know what to call it. :)

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Engelsstaub

 

Item 6 of 21 reads in part: "...rental fees for movies burned to proprietary dics..."

Cue Beavis & Butthead laughing.

 

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Archangel1976

And amazingly, not a single Apple product on this list!

HMMMMMMMMMMMM................

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mysterymantis

That's because it's an article about technology, not toys. :p

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Rooke

OS2/Warp was that bad. 

I had to use it for 2 years, and I hated every minute of them.  It was so bad, that it made Windows 95 look great. 

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Eoraptor

no speaking of the PSN hack caused by the most rudimentary of security gaffs?

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L0rDT1On

What's the big deal with Vista?, install the service packs and it works fine. I finished Duke Nukem Forever and, (from the point of view of someone who compares it to Duke Nukem 3D and not against any pile of modern games) thought it was funny and decent. It's not like I was sitting in front of my computer, waiting for the game to be released.

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qhoa1385

 

Number One Tech's Worst Disasters = iPhone

 

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Ridnarhtim

Unfortunately not financially.

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TommM

Remember the Atari 2600 game cartridge "E.T." of which there are more than 5 million copies buried in the New Mexico desert somewhere and that marketing disaster single-handedly brought down Atari?

Shoulda made the list.  ;)

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praetor_alpha

Windows ME is still worse than Vista. Vista would go months between BSODs, not hours like ME.

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Eoraptor

Agreed. Vista worked out of the box as long as you had 2 gigs of ram and your other hardware wasn't too old. ME had fundamental flaws that could cause it to crash even during installation (happened to me) let alone during operation. it will always be the grandaddy of all turds put out by Microsoft, bar none.

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T0mmy1977

Don't forget Sony's mishap.

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