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]: Comment by drcouzelis
by zima on Thu 30th Aug 2012 07:28 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by drcouzelis"
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What I did like about Minidiscs was the form factor. They were quite handy [...]
You can also see a certain trend in computer media with a "step backward": tape reels, 8" disks, 5.25" disks, 3.5" disks, minidiscs, but then: CDs and DVDs again at 5.25"-like form factor [...]
I'd like to see that form factor (and cartridge!) instead of today's CD and DVD formats.

PS. And I forgot about http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MiniDVD (CDs too of course, and both also in business card form).
Yeah, not that popular (it seems the size of standard optical media doesn't bother us that much after all), but certainly around - for drivers and such, or as recordable media. And Gamecube...

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