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DaKonz
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re: The biggest product turkeys of all time
DaKonz   11/28/2011 1:09:53 AM
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We found some Bubble Memories in old gas station pumps from Chevron. I kept them a long time just out of nostalgia.

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meterman   11/23/2011 2:53:30 PM
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(1) TI's magnetic Bubble memory. I only saw one product that used it. A TI teletype-like thermal printing terminal (2) DAT - Digital Audio Tape. I only saw one DAT deck. They were way too expensive, and there were legal issues. The music industry did not want a tape deck that could make perfect digital copies. Soon enough, this would not matter

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andyzg   11/20/2011 11:24:53 AM
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i'm surprised noone has mentioned the NeXT Computer yet. yes, yes, this guy also produced spectacular failures. the pricing was off, the enclosure had to be made of magnesium and hence each piece had to be hand corrected with automotive epoxy before being hand painted. the factory in fremont was kept no matter how idle it was. initial systems shipped without hard drives because 'optical' was strategic, don't mind the 2hrs boot time.

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WKetel   11/20/2011 12:19:51 AM
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Actually, the biggest turkey of all has been on top for years, primarily because of marketing. That is WINDOWS! The fundamental concept is that I am too stupid to figure out how to launch a program, and so illiterate that I need stupid little icons for everything. And it is best for people suffering from locked up thought processes. Just because it made a lot of money does not make it good, it just means that the marketing methods were more deadly for the competitors. I remember when I bought a computer with DrDos installed, everybody else's computers came with windows. Then DrDos was purchased and sort of went away.

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WKetel   11/20/2011 12:10:44 AM
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The engineering in 3D is quite an accomplishment, no question on that. It is the fundamental concept behind 3D that ought to kill it. The goal is to make our new HD video systems obsolete so that we will purchase some poorly made 3D system. 3D is a HUGE WASTE of time and resources.

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tomkinsr   11/18/2011 9:57:16 PM
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8 track, wow, what a huge convenient format. Buy the latest album and play until it doesn't work any more. Not only that, singlehanded switching in your car.

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tomkinsr   11/18/2011 9:54:47 PM
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Not a turkey, simply poor marketing. The engineering is phenomanal, I appreaicate the images I see on the demo sets, but they're not in my price range.

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tomkinsr   11/18/2011 9:52:58 PM
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Iridium. What a great idea and in fact an excellent product. Anywhere in the world where cellular service is not available, an Iridium handset will work. Anywhere there is a natural disaster that knocks out all forms to earth based communications, Iridium will work. No turkey here.

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tomkinsr   11/18/2011 9:45:49 PM
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As a Manufacturing Support Consultant at DEC in Kanata, we used coax Ethernet across the entire site, then thin wire and later UTP. No turkeys here, just evolution.

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tomkinsr   11/18/2011 9:43:59 PM
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I have some portions of a NABU in my basement today. As for Telidon, I worked on those at GTE and it was a great circuit. The real turkey with Telidon, if you can all it that was the manufacturing model. We built everything and we should only have been building the board. Hm, Norpak teminals come to mind as well, when we say Telidon.

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