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Tech Fail! Biggest Flops of The Last 10+ Years

By Julio Franco ยท 92 replies
May 3, 2012
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  1. cookiedude

    cookiedude TS Booster Posts: 157

    I'm 90% sure that in this instance the technologically superior format won, largely due to BR offering higher capacities so not a vast difference between the two... but still :grin:
  2. mrtraver

    mrtraver TS Guru Posts: 363   +59

    Ami i the only one who LIKED Windows Me? Or is that cognitive dissonance kicking in, telling me i liked it becasue i actually paid for the upgrade? Yes, I was young and stupid. I bought it mainly for the system restore feature, but i never did have any of the compatibility issues that everyone seems to bring up.
  3. cookiedude

    cookiedude TS Booster Posts: 157

    Seems I was lucky to have skipped ME, thanks to the advice of a friend I jumped straight to Windows 2000, one of the best versions I've used.
  4. HalfHuman

    HalfHuman TS Rookie

    i must say i enjoyed win me and had a good experience. of course when i switched to winxp i did not look back. did not touch vista but happily jumped on win7.
    drm is of course a dumb ideea, at least the way it's implemented.
    i kinda agree with "android" being included here. i'm a android guy myself, using a galaxy tab 7inch as a phone. bought my wife a htc wildfire s. however i'm greatly annoyed by the fragmentation. there are lots of customizations that change the experience significantly. many models (phones/tablets) are abandoned shortly and we do not get updates and we are left with underperforming and unstable os versions. i'm sick and tired of custom cables for data/power (especially ipad like ones or the many "little" usb formats) that cost tens of dollars. this is however common for laptops also.
    i know all these were covered by many articles but i repeat this so maybe google gets a grip and starts putting some order into this mess. let the carriers customize but allow me to remove the customizations if i choose to. make sure that we get upgrades for devices at least for several years after buying them (don't care how but please provide the updates).
  5. CrisisDog

    CrisisDog TS Booster Posts: 134   +28

    HEY! No picking on the Dreamcast, I stil have two that I use, plenty of great games. Blame SEGA marketing.

    And I still don't see why everyone still picks on Vista. I jumped on the x64 bandwagon with Vista's release and never had a problem.

    I used to be for HD DVD too, but as time goes on, the disks are "rotting" and become unplayable, so I'll give you that one...
  6. HalfHuman

    HalfHuman TS Rookie

    blue ray was not so much better tham hddvd but offered better drm, or should i say "better" as in worse. hddvd had the advantage of being quite similar to dvds and it was cheaper to convert dvd fabs to make hddvd. also from the compatibility point of view was better as it's cheaper to make a drive supporting cd/dvd/hddvd than cd/dvd/blueray. anyway then can stick it as the disc are going down the drain. flash memory or online content are more convenient so it really does not matter much now.
  7. I would totally agree with this article if they didn't say android tablet is a failure.
    I love my Transformer Prime.
  8. mlauzon

    mlauzon TS Rookie

    Win8+Metro should've only been for tablets.

    The guy who did the following video should've been hired by MS, as what he did would've been amazing on the desktop!

  9. mlauzon

    mlauzon TS Rookie

    What the hell, it didn't quote the comment, just crammed everything together with the quote I was commenting on.
  10. Where are P4 (especially its Prescott implementation) and Iomega & Syquest removale disk drives of pure fail ?
  11. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,840   +1,184

    You didnt' see it coming because DRM isn't a product anyone tried to sell or get people to use. If this was a list of tech stuff we just don't like I'd add people complaining about DRM.
  12. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,840   +1,184

    Actually Blu-ray won because Sony agreed to include much stronger piracy protection than Toshiba (I think?) was willing to include on HD DVD. This got the studios on board and once they signed on, it was over. Most industry analysts agreed that both Blu-ray and HD DVD would be smaller formats anyway (nothing like VHS or the DVD) because upconverting DVD was so easy and streaming HD movies replace all the discs anyway.
  13. DanUK

    DanUK TS Booster Posts: 211   +9

    nVidia GTX 480.

    Dreamcast tho <3 Loved mine. Endless hours spent on Powerstone 1 & 2 and Soul Calibur. The Sonic game it was release with was quite solid also.

    Wasn't this one of the first consoles to really try the whole online thing?
  14. Rofl, two out of ten fails are OS's of MS. And then you call windows a superior OS to linux! :D

    ps: sorry for this out of topic comment but i couldn't resist to the recent ubuntu review's comments!
  15. not so hard to see that this article is written by a apple fanboy :p tablets aren't no flop or failure! but ppl who can't see the difference between an ipad and an tablet, are the failures ;)
  16. i am truly surprise to see playbooks on the list, i have one and love it. it's a lot cheaper than the ipad, has a large number of apps, works great, has a huge battery life, and works like a dream. i can't understand why it's called a failure, maybe because of low sales or lack of marketing?
  17. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,686   +350

    "Studios" including Sony's own ones. Handy thing to have for the battle :)
    As far as "bluray being better", it may have had higher capacity (still get extra features on 2nd disks) but I haven't seen that much use of it. From my research back in the day I seem to remember the encoding or something of HD-DVD being better than Bluray.

  18. captainawesome

    captainawesome TS Guru Posts: 428   +44

    Every Blackberry os7 device ever made!
  19. I agree my dad has one and its awesome, been using android tablets for a while, and I can't see why they're a failure. They offer a much better experience for really low cost, obviously depends on what you buy and how much you spend.
  20. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,247   +448

    Agree with Betamax being better technologically than VHS but disagree with HD-DVD being better than Bluray. I own two HD-DVD set top boxes, two bluray, and one multi capable disk drive on my PC. I have lots of media for both (I was buying it up like crazy while HD-DVD was on its way out... some titles for as little as $1. There was a max theoretical number of layers for HD-DVD of 3 - with each layer having a max capacity of 15 GB. Bluray's max theoretical number of layers is/was 8 with each layer maxing out at 25 GB. The audio and video capabilities were mostly identical and things could look just as good on one platform as the other.
  21. Well said, I think android tablets are really good, and I actually use them. I have used both iOS and Android devices. Windows Phone 7 is next on the list :D. I actually think ipod touches are failures coz the button breaks after a few months.. :|
  22. The Android Tablets should definately not be on that list yet. If they end up to be phased out like hd-dvd then maybe but definately now is too early to say they failed.
  23. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,164   +548

    I had an internal & external zip drive. Never had an issue
    with either one.
    I think most of the problems were people leaving disks in the zip drive, powering
    them off and the heads were not retracted. I saw & heard a lot of COD's from those
    but mine never was one of them. I still have the disks & drives.
  24. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,712   +874

    The Sega Dreamcast was one of my favorite systems.
    Which is saying a lot for me, I have owned them all.

    Ready to Rumble Boxing, Hydro Thunder, Soul Calibur, Crazy Taxi, Sonic Adventure, Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Powerstone, Virtual ON, Shemnue, etc etc.

    Some of my favorite gaming experiences of all time.
    The issue with the Dreamcast was the timing of its release.

    Newer consoles packing/bringing 3D gaming goodness made the Dreamcast's hardware obsolete within a year but that system will always hold a special place in my heart.
  25. You forgot to add Apple's Ping and Mobileme... those were both colossal failures.

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