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Old 05-26-06, 05:21 PM
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PCWorld: The 25 Worst Tech Products of All Time

A pretty good list of some of the worst tech products ever:

Read it either here:
http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/artic...72,pg,8,00.asp

Or here:
http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...pcworld/125772

The Complete List of Losers
1. America Online (1989-2006)
2. RealNetworks RealPlayer (1999)
3. Syncronys SoftRAM (1995)
4. Microsoft Windows Millennium (2000)
5. Sony BMG Music CDs (2005)
6. Disney The Lion King CD-ROM (1994)
7. Microsoft Bob (1995)
8. Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 (2001)
9. Pressplay and Musicnet (2002)
10. dBASE IV (1988)
11. Priceline Groceries and Gas (2000)
12. PointCast (1996)
13. IBM PCjr. (1984)
14. Gateway 2000 10th Anniversary PC (1995)
15. Iomega Zip Drive (1998)
16. Comet Cursor (1997)
17. Apple Macintosh Portable (1989)
18. IBM Deskstar 75GXP (2000)
19. OQO Model 1 (2004)
20. CueCat (2000)
21. Eyetop Wearable DVD Player (2004)
22. Apple Pippin @World (1996)
23. Free PCs (1999)
24. DigiScents iSmell (2001)
25. Sharp RD3D Notebook (2004)
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Hey, the CueCat is great. Not for what it was intended, but for hacking and using to enter DVDs into DVD Profiler.

It's not that dBase IV was so terrible, but it became too complex for casual users and people moved to FoxBase.
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What's wrong with the zip drive?
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The click of death.
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15. Iomega Zip Drive (1998)

Yep.
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I hate RealPlayer. Seriously.
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The big problem with Windows Me was the fact they didn't really solve the memory usage issues that plagued Windows 95 and 98 in this OS. Small wonder why when Windows XP Home Edition came out it was based heavily on Windows 2000 Professional code, which used the true WIN32 flat-memory model with its vastly better memory management.
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16. Comet Cursor (1997)

IT techs worst nightmare. People always wonder why their PC runs so slow after they install this crap.

What's wrong with IE6?

BTW no weatherbug?
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This list is pretty cruel.

Yes, I don't like AOL, but to the internet n00b it provided (and still does) a great gateway to the internets.

And what was wrong with the Zip drive? It served a great link between a 3.5" floppy and the drop in price of CD-Roms. When the Zip was around, a writeable CD was very expensive to the average consumer.
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nevermind I read the article it's due to it's security holes.
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Sega's 32X should have been on the list.
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I liked the article (and agreed with most of the selections); but I noticed that Circuit City's DIVX only received a (Dis) honorable mention!? It should have (at least) been in the Top Ten! It's still incredible to me that somebody actually brought to market a supposed DVD competitor that provided such "features" as "fool-screen" only transfers, a 48-hour viewing window, and an "unlock-to-view" system requiring a phone connection; and yet was still somehow able to garner support from three major movie studios (Fox, Disney, and Paramount). What were they all smoking?
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My mother in law got one of those free PC's. She still uses it.
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nevermind I read the article it's due to it's security holes.
This is why I run Trend Micro's PC-cillin Internet Security 2006 and MySoft Technologies' Maxthon program instead. Firefox is a good browser but some of the extensions can cause no end of trouble (like Fasterfox, which can cause the browser to stop loading a web page in Turbo Charged mode ).
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Priceline gas saved me a ton of money back in the day. To this day I still hate Real Player.
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SoftRam sucked

Cuecat is coming back, but in a different form. there was a story in the WSJ yesterday about how you may do similar things with cell phones.
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I agree with a TON of these. I would have put Apple's Puck Mouse higher, it blew. A lot of these definately brought back memories of awful Geocities pages with the funny cursors and stuff. And man, Realplayer still blows.
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Pointcast is one I remember well. It swept into our office at work practically overnight and looked much more advanced than anything else on the Web at the time (1996). But then the incredible network overhead it had caused it to be banned from the office in just a few months. And I never saw it again. But I still think it was more ahead of its time than actually "bad".
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Originally Posted by Lateralus
Priceline gas saved me a ton of money back in the day. To this day I still hate Real Player.
Yeah, they were a little harsh on Priceline gas. Yeah, you didn't get your pick of stations, but you picked a station within your zipcode.
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finaly AwOL is #1 in something
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I think real networks has some okay software like real rhapsody but it wasn't my kind of thing.

I wasn't aware that the zip drive was out in 1998. I thought it came out in the early 90s. Anyone remember how much it cost when it first came out?
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I hate hate hate AOL, and try (and fail) to discourage people from using it, but in spite of that I wouldn't put it at the top of the list, since a lot of people I know in their 60s (my mom, my in-laws, etc) probably would have never started using the internet if they hadn't made it look so easy (and the internet has been a boon to some of those people, especially my mom since she got too sick to go out much).
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Originally Posted by ChiTownAbs, Inc
Yeah, they were a little harsh on Priceline gas. Yeah, you didn't get your pick of stations, but you picked a station within your zipcode.

The gas station I got was 3 minutes from my house, and I saved a cool 15-20 cents per gallon. Groceries on the other hand was a pain in the ass, I had a friend of mind spend a couple hours to save about $5.00
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What about that internet cash, Zoomba or something like that? With horrible Whoopie Goldberg as the spokesperson. That stuff was terrible.

It's like money, except you can't use it except at these 10 stores!
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Originally Posted by dhmac
Pointcast is one I remember well. It swept into our office at work practically overnight and looked much more advanced than anything else on the Web at the time (1996). But then the incredible network overhead it had caused it to be banned from the office in just a few months. And I never saw it again. But I still think it was more ahead of its time than actually "bad".
Pointcast was a great program at the time, although I can imagine IT people didn't like the bandwidth usage. I think what really sunk the company was hubris from the owner. If I remember correctly he turned down a 600 million dollar buyout from one of the big boys (Yahoo?) and less than 2 years later was bankrupt.

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