When you work on a major project for an extended amount of time – be it an awesome new piece of software or some sort of newfangled gadget – you can’t help but become emotionally attached to it. Some even go so far as to call their projects their babies. Well, let’s be blunt: there are some ugly babies out there. And while you might not tell a proud new mother her newborn’s a hideous freak, we’re going to call out some of the worst tech “babies” of all time, be they simple disastrous flops or actual tech-related disasters. Somewhere, coders are covering their faces in shame.
And hey, we’re not just poking fun at these failures; we’re also remembering them, lest they be forgotten and repeated. Because who wants a Virtual Boy 4S?
It’s only a matter of time. No matter whether we’re talking about a natural disaster like the recent earthquake and consequent tsunami in Japan, or the epic man made idiocy associated with last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill, disasters will strike, and when they do there’s precious little any of us can do about it. All anyone can do—from individuals citizens right up the crisis management food chain to the very top levels of government—is to plan for the worst and hope for the best. That said, when it comes to protecting your family and loved ones it’s better to do a lot of planning so that you can afford to keep the hoping to a minimum. Not sure where to start? No worries. Maximum PC has put together a list of tips, technologies and gadgets to help to help you weather any storm—man made or otherwise—as stress-free and comfortably as possible.