Go Directly to Fail: Worst Tech Product Ideas Ever

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Spray-on hair. New Coke. Pat Boone’s heavy metal album. Some products are such bad ideas that some executive must have been snorting canned air before letting them out the door. Unfortunately, hardware and software vendors are some of the worst offenders, releasing half-baked gadgets and fatally flawed operating systems while turning a deaf ear to anyone who informs them that the emperor has no clothes. These are 10 of the worst tech ideas of all time.

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Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of Laptopmag.com since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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    Some of your comments about PCjr are simply not true! I had Microsoft Flight Simulator for the PCjr. It was better than the PC version because had 16 colors! And Lotus 1-2-3 came on a ROM cartridge so you had the entire 640K of RAM memory available! The jr was barely available at the store when IBM began offering a different keyboard. I never even saw the chicklet one. The PCjr had so many upgrade possibilities. Before I sold mine, it had 640K (started at 128K) dual 5.25" floppies, a bus mouse, parallel printer, ROM Cartridge that added hardware DMA and PC ID, and I had replaced the Intel 8088 4.7mhz processor with a NEC V20 6.mhz processor. The only reason I upgraded was to get a Leading Edge Model D because it had a hard drive (30MB!)

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    What the author missed here is the Microsoft Ribbon, which ruined office and other software for anyone who has been using computers from the 1980s. It is more inefficient and takes up too much screen real estate.

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