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Topic # 112157 28-Nov-2012 10:27
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I was reading the article below and it got me thinking of my early adoptions fails. 

The best/worst one was mini-disk. I spent just over $1000 in 1998 to own a mini-system with a mini-disk recorder function and a bundled Walkman mini-disk player. Yep, just before MP3s took off.

What was yours?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/27/ten_technology_fails/  





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  Reply # 724049 28-Nov-2012 10:57
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i bought a zune

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  Reply # 724053 28-Nov-2012 11:03
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I was pressured into buying a chinese android tablet just as the ipad craze started. Bought it in HK whenon holiday. The spec sounded great but I couldn't really test it properly in store. It was priced the same as the ipad. (around $800 NZD)

got it back to the hotel and found it was a peice of junk, no camera (which I was assured it had) and no android market. very unresponsive, slow, just generally rubbish.  by that point it was too late to take it back, not that I could have done anyway because there is no CGA or anything like that in HK

even worse, when I got back to NZ I found dozens of identical tablets selling on trademe for $250.  so not only had a bought a peice of junk,  I had overpaid by more than 200%

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  Reply # 724071 28-Nov-2012 11:19
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I bought a Dyson vacuum cleaner once. They are not very solid and seem to have very intricate plastic parts that tend to break.

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  Reply # 724081 28-Nov-2012 11:34
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reven: i bought a zune


People don't normally admit that ;)

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  Reply # 724084 28-Nov-2012 11:38
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That list is pretty good, except PDAs don't really belong there. They weren't a failure and actually developed into a whole new class of products - the touch smartphones.

Everything else is pretty much bad and died ad well deserved death.




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  Reply # 724089 28-Nov-2012 11:40
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HP Touchpad!

Though I did get it in the firesale, so I knew it wasn't going to live on.

Once I can get it away from my lovely wife I'm going to put Cyanogenmod on it.

I too was a big minidisc fan - I had two different portable players.

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  Reply # 724098 28-Nov-2012 11:47
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Two of those early mp3 players, the usb flash drive sized ones with a tiny lcd and incomprehensible menu, 128 meg and 256 meg, terrible.



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  Reply # 724099 28-Nov-2012 11:47
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muppet: 

I too was a big minidisc fan - I had two different portable players.


Yeah, I sold the mini-system/player to someone in 2001 (a bigger fool then me?), kept a few discs and went to Japan, to teach English, where the mini-disc actually lived on. Ended up buying a portable recorder/player, renting CDs (yet, legally available at the video store) and copying them to mini-disc on my PS2. 




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  Reply # 724101 28-Nov-2012 11:47
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Well, I am a PS Vita owner. But I'm not sure that counts as a fail, as it was a prize in a competition.

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  Reply # 724135 28-Nov-2012 12:25
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crackrdbycracku:
muppet: 

I too was a big minidisc fan - I had two different portable players.


Yeah, I sold the mini-system/player to someone in 2001 (a bigger fool then me?), kept a few discs and went to Japan, to teach English, where the mini-disc actually lived on. Ended up buying a portable recorder/player, renting CDs (yet, legally available at the video store) and copying them to mini-disc on my PS2. 


FYI: There was a specific tax on Minidisc devices that had the record function, the tax was paid into some Japanese music industry slush fund - that's why it was legal to rent and copy CDs

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  Reply # 724277 28-Nov-2012 16:20
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One that springs to mind is a Palm III. What a piece of crap that was. It ran on two AAA batteries and had volatile memory. If the batteries died, you lost all your data. Clever huh?

I think I paid $700 for it back in 1999. Money Mouth




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  Reply # 724279 28-Nov-2012 16:22
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But the Palm wasn't a fail. As a product it defined a entire new generation of products, made PDAs popular, introduced new ways of doing things. It was a success. Every PDA and Smartphone today has its roots in the PalmPilot.

I got my first PalmPilot 1000 in 1997 when first released. It was still US Robotics back then.

Did you know PayPal came out on a Palm first so you could transfer money to your friends, then put the PDA in its cradle, press the Hotsync button and have the money sent out?





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  Reply # 724280 28-Nov-2012 16:25
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Poll: Two of those early mp3 players, the usb flash drive sized ones with a tiny lcd and incomprehensible menu, 128 meg and 256 meg, terrible.


I got one of these for my wife a few years ago and we love it.
I use it all the time when mowing the lawns and she uses it when going for a walk or run.
It's a Samsung 1GB version so can fit quite a bit of music on it and the battery lasts for ages.





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  Reply # 724286 28-Nov-2012 16:32
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I have an HD DVD player, which most people would class as a fail, although I think that picking up ~50 clearance movies at $1-2 each was a good deal overall :)

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  Reply # 724290 28-Nov-2012 16:41
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Buying a new desktop pc for work with XP on it then paying extra $75 for vista upgrade when released - never installed cant think why

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