The W
Views: 101514197
Main | FAQ | Search: Y! / G | Calendar | Color chart | Log in for more!
21.12.14 1539
The W - Internet & Computers - The 25 Worst Tech Products of All Time
This thread has 5 referrals leading to it
Register and log in to post!
Thread rated: 6.01
Pages: 1
(539 newer) Next thread | Previous thread
User
Post (17 total)
RYDER FAKIN
Six Degrees of Me








Since: 21.2.02
From: ORLANDO

Since last post: 22 days
Last activity: 22 days
AIM:  
#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.78
Strange how many of these I've owned / used. Sucker. Who knew? (#15!)

Of course, most truly awful ideas never make it out of somebody's garage. Our bottom 25 designees are all relatively well-known items, and many had multimillion-dollar marketing campaigns behind them. In other words, they were made by people who should have known better. In fact, three of the ten worst were made by Microsoft. Coincidence? We think not.

Click Here (news.yahoo.com)

FLEA





Demonstrations are a drag. Besides, we're much too high

1ryderfakin.com - THE IWC 100! And The Wrestling Dead Pool!! - next cash prize is $200! PLAY TO WIN!!!
Promote this thread!
CRZ
Big Brother
Administrator








Since: 9.12.01
From: ミネアポリス

Since last post: 2 hours
Last activity: 1 hour
AIM:  
ICQ:  
Y!:
#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.86
Same article with more photos and broken into many pages (pcworld.com)

I would have moved #7 up to #1, myself



CRZ
ManiacalClown
Landjager








Since: 2.1.02
From: Houston, TX

Since last post: 604 days
Last activity: 604 days
AIM:  
#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 10.00



Sooo, sooo totally agreed.




Aside: I definitely owned a Timex Data Link. Hell, it's probably still hiding around here somewhere. Back then, I didn't think it was creepy. Merely the COOLEST THING EVER.




ITVR:  Satellite Organization of NAMBLA since 1973
DJ FrostyFreeze
Knackwurst








Since: 2.1.02
From: Hawthorne, CA

Since last post: 4 days
Last activity: 1 hour
#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.51

Of course I had #1 (dont want to spoil it)! Then little by little, I realized I could get the same things that #1 was giving me for free from other places, but that took awhile. By the time I was finally ready to leave #1, it took me forever to do it.

I'm also guilty of owning #15, but I never had any of the problems with it described in the article. I think I used mine last in 2001(?) and it worked just fine then. As a matter of fact, I think I still have it.



AWArulz
Knackwurst








Since: 28.1.02
From: Louisville, KY

Since last post: 1 day
Last activity: 34 min.
AIM:  
Y!:
#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.60
I had/used a bunch of these. I was a Dbase programmer for awhile, had ME, my company used AOL, so I had an account

But where is the commodore 128? The Amiga?

And where is Lisa?





We'll be back right after order has been restored here in the Omni Center.
drjayphd
Scrapple
Moderator








Since: 22.4.02
From: Long Island

Since last post: 17 days
Last activity: 5 days
AIM:  
ICQ:  
Y!:
#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.06
You wanted the best, you got... Out of Context Quote of the Week.

"I know, I know you are saying "sure there was some bad calls, but Jake Gyllenhaal obviously dropped too many easy catches and Ang Lee had some horrible clock management at the end of each half!"" (krakken2000)


Still have #15 in the spare parts comp case, and I'm trying to find an external enclosure for it. Now I'm not so sure it's worth the effort.

Also, I remember #20 vividly. Parents tried to use it, took them too long to realize it was useless.



DrewDewce
Bratwurst








Since: 2.1.02
From: The Derby City

Since last post: 77 days
Last activity: 6 days
Y!:
#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.34
    Originally posted by AWArulz
    I had/used a bunch of these. I was a Dbase programmer for awhile, had ME, my company used AOL, so I had an account

    But where is the commodore 128? The Amiga?

    And where is Lisa?



I loved the Amiga! One of my roomates in college had one and we used the hell out of that machine. Granted, I'm not a big technophile, but I really thought that computer was way ahead of it's time.



It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them.
P. G. Wodehouse (1881 - 1975), The Man Upstairs (1914)
AWArulz
Knackwurst








Since: 28.1.02
From: Louisville, KY

Since last post: 1 day
Last activity: 34 min.
AIM:  
Y!:
#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.60
    Originally posted by DrewDewce
      Originally posted by AWArulz
      I had/used a bunch of these. I was a Dbase programmer for awhile, had ME, my company used AOL, so I had an account

      But where is the commodore 128? The Amiga?

      And where is Lisa?



    I loved the Amiga! One of my roomates in college had one and we used the hell out of that machine. Granted, I'm not a big technophile, but I really thought that computer was way ahead of it's time.


The Amiga was a good enough machine, but it was kind of like the Mac - although not nearly as popular. So as lightly used as the Mac is today (as good as the Mac users say it is { me no know, so I have no comment on usability, just market placement}, for better or worse, it's a small, small percentage of the market), the Amiga was smaller percentage. And not many programs and less support.

You were fine as long as you were part of some geekmaster user group. At least there are plenty of programs for the Mac that actually have some support.




We'll be back right after order has been restored here in the Omni Center.
wmatistic
Andouille








Since: 2.2.04
From: Austin, TX

Since last post: 8 days
Last activity: 19 hours
AIM:  
#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.37
    Originally posted by AWArulz
    I had/used a bunch of these. I was a Dbase programmer for awhile, had ME, my company used AOL, so I had an account

    But where is the commodore 128? The Amiga?

    And where is Lisa?



Dude the 128 ruled for me as a little kid. It was just a 64 basically, but all the other kids had a 64 and I could brag about having the 128 and none of us had a clue what it meant but it sounded like it was better. Nevermind that I had to type GO 64 before actually playing any game.

I disagree with the RealPlayer actually. It was sorta the first to do what it did. Well not totally but it was the first to really make it popular and easy to use. Yes they included stuff that made them worse in time and media player got good enough to take them out, but the ideas they had and product by itself were solid in the beginning.

And as for IE6 I think we're seeing now with Firefox just how hard it is to make a browser that is capable of everything and still stable and secure. The more they make work, the more of a hackable beast the browser becomes. That doesn't excuse the problems IE6 has, but I don't think it's an all time blunder either.

ekedolphin
Scrapple








Since: 12.1.02
From: Indianapolis, IN; now residing in Suffolk, VA

Since last post: 186 days
Last activity: 24 days
#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.29
God, Windows Millenium Edition sucked! How that didn't get #1 or at least #2, I don't know.



"Scotch, on the rocks. AND I MEAN ICE!"
--Eddie Valiant, Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Five-Time W of the Day (5/27/02; 7/3/02; 7/30/04; 8/28/04; 12/16/05)

The Only Five-Time (and Last) N.E.W. World Heavyweight Champion

Certified RFMC Member-- Ask To See My Credentials!

Guru Zim
SQL Dejection
Administrator








Since: 9.12.01
From: Bay City, OR

Since last post: 2 days
Last activity: 2 hours
AIM:  
ICQ:  
Y!:
#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.81
I guess I'm in the minority... I really thought that Windows ME was a step up for people who were running 95 and hadn't upgraded to 98. Granted, 98SE was the best of the Windows 9x versions, but ME wasn't as big of a step backwards as people make it out to be.

My biggest problem with ME was the Dos support in it. Older apps didn't work so well. I found that as long as I didn't try to run anything older than the OS I was Ok.

It was my first off-the-shelf Microsoft OS purchase. Everything else I've ever had has been bundled. I still have the disc and license



Ignorance is bliss for you, hell for me.
Merc
Potato korv








Since: 3.1.02
From: Brisbane, Australia

Since last post: 1348 days
Last activity: 1326 days
#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.94
I don't know how it doesn't even rate an honourable mention, but surely in terms of hype followed by lack of delivery RDRAM has to be close?
StingArmy
Andouille








Since: 3.5.03
From: Georgia bred, you can tell by my Hawk jersey

Since last post: 13 days
Last activity: 16 hours
#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.90
    Originally posted by Merc
    I don't know how it doesn't even rate an honourable mention, but surely in terms of hype followed by lack of delivery RDRAM has to be close?

I'm TOTALLY with you on this one. It could have at least replaced the Amiga on the list. I have a special place in my heart for Amigas as an old dial-up BBS user. There was a particular type of BBS software (the name escapes me at the moment) that could only run on Amigas, and the most popular door game for those Amiga BBSes was Hack 'n Slash. Today it probably doesn't stand out as anything more than your typical MUD, but for some reason I was absolutely in LOVE with that game. I always wanted an Amiga JUST so I could run my own HnS game.

- StingArmy
cfgb
Bierwurst








Since: 2.1.02
From: Ottawa, Ontario

Since last post: 11 hours
Last activity: 1 hour
#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.33
Windows ME was the version that came with my first Laptop that I got in 2001 ... and I absolutely loved it.

Having come from a crappy old 486 w/ Windows 95 - believe me, it was a HUGE step in the right direction. In fact, I liked it more than Windows XP.

I'm a fairly basic user of this stuff though, so all I want is something that Looks Pretty. XP's "look" never did it for me, so I've converted it all back to Windows Classic.


*************

On the AOL front, we had that in ... 1995 or 96. I thought the chat rooms were phenomenal ... but then, I was about 13 or 14 years old, and talkin' 'bout sex was ALL THE RAGE. My dad dropped that as fast as he could though and got a real ISP (I-Star, and later Magma until I moved out). Looking back, I *can't* imagine why.
Mr Heel II
Lap cheong








Since: 25.2.02

Since last post: 39 days
Last activity: 1 day
#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.89
ME was easily the most problematic OS I ever had. It was the bundled system on my current PC (yes, my PC is like five years old now). Crashed almost daily. If XP hadn't come out a few months after I bought this PC, I may well have formatted the drive and installed 98.

XP, however, has been practically flawless. And yes, I too run it in "Classic Windows" display mode. I don't like the XP layout.

I had AOL in, oh, 1994-1995...about up until Internet ISP's got going and the web began transforming into what it is now. As far as I'm concerned, AOL was pretty spiffy back then...but was made obsolete very quickly.


rinberg
Boudin rouge








Since: 30.1.02
From: South Georgia

Since last post: 1077 days
Last activity: 51 days
#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.15
The only thing from the PC World article that I owned wasn't even craptacular enough to make the list. Where's the Web TV love? I received one for Christmas before I was able to afford a computer, so it was my internet connection for at least 3 years. 3 torturously long years. Wow.

As a (poor) geek, I recognized the limitations of the Web TV technology and used it strictly for entertainment, but more painful was interacting with other Web TV users who had expected to use their Web TV as a computer or at least didn't understand why their Web TV couldn't do (insert functionality here). It was amazing how much vitriol some people had about that little brown box.



"Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning." --Rick Cook
Oliver
Scrapple








Since: 20.6.02
From: Kolob

Since last post: 11 days
Last activity: 15 hours
#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.69
"Windows Me" is the only OS from Microsoft that I haven't worked with, so it's nice to know that I'm not missing much.

And Microsoft Bob? You gotta love the glasses icon, though.

I can't wait until they release a top 25 worst video game tech products list. I'll have probably owned a good majority of those.



Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away.
Thread rated: 6.01
Pages: 1
Thread ahead: Copying attachments from Hotmail
Next thread: I need a new computer (help!)
Previous thread: GNOME, KDE, or Blackbox?
(539 newer) Next thread | Previous thread
I ran across some info on how to do this recently when I was created a bootable SD Card with repair software and an XP install(I hate netbooks). It was a much bigger pain than I imagined. However in reading this: http://www.pendrivelinux.
The W - Internet & Computers - The 25 Worst Tech Products of All Time Register and log in to post!

The W™ message board

ZimBoard
©2001-2014 Brothers Zim

This old hunk of junk rendered your page in 0.212 seconds.