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MacBytes
Feb 26, 2009, 11:38 AM
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branjosef
Feb 26, 2009, 11:59 AM
I tried second life for a while...what a waste. It was cool in the early days but quickly became loaded with advertising and crap. Signed off and never looked back.

Yeah Im the first poster :D

63dot
Feb 26, 2009, 12:00 PM
2700 high tech companies in San Jose region alone, and Apple has 4 of the 25 blunders of high tech.

We should be #1 in both hardware and software, but some of these blunders really point to how Apple thinks about making the best and most innovative, without ever realizing that they should also be a business. By the time Steve Jobs learned how to really run a company in his hiatus, his return was too little, too late and Gates and Dell had already taken the pie.

superknoppix
Feb 26, 2009, 12:04 PM
To fix point 1, get a mac....:D

fluidedge
Feb 26, 2009, 12:28 PM
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Link: The 25 greatest blunders in tech history (IMO) (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20090226123827)
Description:: Interesting reading.

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seems like quite a "Pro Apple" article to me. Bit biased.

macFanDave
Feb 26, 2009, 12:30 PM
I may get flamed for saying this, but I find AppleScript (and its baby, Automator) to be major underachievers.

These could be things that really differentiate the Mac OS from Windows and Linux. Sure, all OS's have some form of scripting, but they all require a lot of programmer geekiness. AppleScript was supposed to be the scripting language "for the rest of us." Unfortunately, it is not nearly as friendly as it should be. You generally need to invest in third-party tools to do real work in AppleScript (sure, you can slog through with Apple's free tools, but if you spend any amount of time with AS, the third-party tools make your life better.)

Using AppleScript to coordinate interapplication operations is really powerful, but as it stands now, it is really only available to ubergeeks. If AppleScript worked as expected, the Internet would be abuzz with ordinary people sharing with each other how they got things done as much as they share recipes.

Hrududu
Feb 26, 2009, 12:35 PM
I wouldn't call the Newton a blunder. It paved the way for all PDA/SmarPhone devices and its innovations were either adapted by other PDA makers, or are still the best there ever was. If the PDA had never taken off and there were no smart phones, then I'd call Newton a failure. Since the concept still exists, I would agree the actual device didn't sell well, but still was far from a blunder. You can't say NExT was a success without saying the was Newton also.

evillageprowler
Feb 26, 2009, 01:08 PM
How about Xerox forgetting to patent their GUI interface?

pdjudd
Feb 26, 2009, 01:32 PM
How about Xerox forgetting to patent their GUI interface?
You mean the one they licensed out to Apple? Or are you suggesting that xerox in some way invented the idea of the modern gui?

EmperorDarius
Feb 26, 2009, 11:19 PM
They should have added Microsoft Windows, in general.

63dot
Feb 26, 2009, 11:53 PM
They should have added Microsoft Windows, in general.

namely Windows Vista :)

macFanDave
Feb 27, 2009, 10:02 AM
namely Windows Vista :)

Did you read the article? Vista "won" the #2 spot.

pilotError
Feb 27, 2009, 10:12 AM
I think they forgot one of the biggest flops of the PC industry

Taligent (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taligent)

For all you Youngun's, it was a joint venture with IBM and Apple.

alphaod
Feb 27, 2009, 10:34 AM
seems like quite a "Pro Apple" article to me. Bit biased.

But how can PC Mag be pro-Apple? :p