Actually DIVX is a 2for. DIVX was the invention of a law firm and the dearly departed Circuit City. Though it was poorly received, CC decided to focus on it to the exclusion of DVDs and DVD players. Because it was a rental disguised (and priced) as a purchase (calling all ECAD companies) it wasn't just disliked but viewed as dishonest. By the time the matador delivered "el estoque final" to DIVX, CC was behind its rival, Best Buy, and never recovered. Its once thriving rental business croaked even earlier. DIVX is a very excellent example of how not create, deploy, or bet the farm on *a* new product.
ISDN was widely used in US too, in certain markets, e.g. financial company backup circuits, but it was more widespread in Europe & elsewhere. The reasaon: $$$. The terrible state of long distance rates and 1010 PIC code abuses killed it for huge US adoption. Plus, for data usage at least, a lot of folks didn't take time to learn how to configure it. Getting that first $80K bill due to the rates mentioned would leave a sour taste. Still, it was affordable in some states like TN, where a government subsidy could get an ISDN line to your home in the 90s for about $20/mnth, while in neighboring NC it was upwards of $80 for the same service. Meanwhile, the European ISDN rates were cheap, cheap, cheap compared to US.
The unsubstantiated rumor at the time was that MA BELL was set to roll out ISDN but then they got split up. I used ISDN for a couple of years to work from home. It worked pretty well for my graphical schematic capture and didn't cost as much as a T1 line.
The only turkey here is the non-informative list presented by the author.
All of those products were revolutionary or evolutionary developments.
Betamax was a huge success, the broadcast industry used the technology in it's big brother for many years, it gave you the highest quality video and audio for the news and local events. The newton was the first PDA and probably out of all the technologies popularized the use of embedded devices in portable gear, I could probably do a thesis on the newton and how it created your cell phone.
And the guy that pooh poohed the Alpha, sheesh, give me a break, if it wasn't for the Alpha you wouldn't be driveing a 3 + Ghz CPU in your laptop.
Intel purloined the patents from Digital and that is what got them past the 50 Mhz wall they were banging their heads on.
Next you'll be banging on the very first Hondas imported into North America, well, look at them now and the North Amnerican producers, tye had to improve their quality to keep up.
While the IBM PC jr had a great marketing engine behind and good penetration on the Chalie Chaplin's tramp as a iconic figure awarness by general public. IMO the cheese keyboard projected suboptimal quality from a first-rate company: IBM.
How about DLP rear projection TV's? There were a few guys putting out DLP rear projection TV's, but they got wiped out pretty fast by LCD projection and then by flat LCD and plasma TV's. DLP's still in big projectors though......