This great article comes your way from computerworld.com. Just as the title suggests, it is their opinioin of the 21 biggest technology flops. Why 21?… who knows!
Hype is the coin of the realm in the technology business. If you listen to vendors and the media, it may sometimes seem as though every new product, service, concept or even security threat will be the Next Big Thing. Some live up to all the fuss, but many don’t — and some fail spectacularly.
Take the Michelangelo virus, the subject of a media frenzy 15 years ago. March 6, 1992, was the day that the dreaded virus was supposed to strike. Journalists went overboard covering this virus, which had supposedly burrowed itself into hard drives around the world throughout 1991 and was set to start destroying data on March 6, the birthday of the famous artist.
It didn’t happen that way, of course: Damage was minimal. But in honor of Michelangelo’s birthday, we thought we’d track down history’s biggest technology flops.
Here we nominate 21 of our favorite overhyped failures, presented in alphabetical order. At the end of the piece, we’ll ask you to vote on which is the biggest tech flop of them all, or write in a nominee of your own.
Be sure to read the article at computerworld.com .