Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Aug 2012 12:48 UTC
In the News "We all know about the gadgets that get showered with constant praise - the icons, the segment leaders, and the game changers. Tech history will never forget the Altair 8800, the Walkman, the BlackBerry, and the iPhone. But people do forget - and quickly - about the devices that failed to change the world: the great ideas doomed by mediocre execution, the gadgets that arrived before the market was really ready, or the technologies that found their stride just as the world was pivoting to something else." I was a heavy user of BeOS, Zip drives, and MiniDisc (I was an MD user up until about 2 years ago). I'm starting to see a pattern here.
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RE[2]: OS/2
by zima on Thu 23rd Aug 2012 17:15 UTC in reply to "RE: OS/2"
zima
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"Warp" alone also had... issues: http://www.insearchofstupidity.com/ch6.htm

Anyway, the talk about OS/2 usually misses probably the most important reason why it failed: deep down, its goal was to return to IBM the control over the PC - duh, of course numerous OEMs didn't go along, Gang of Nine style, and effectively blocked it from the market with less expensive "good enough" Win 3.x machines (and afterwards it was just too late, IIRC OS/2 Warp was essentially given away in some places, as a time-limited demo which could be easily - even accidentally - unlocked; didn't amount much)

Edited 2012-08-23 17:23 UTC

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