Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st Nov 2011 22:55 UTC
Microsoft "Steve Ballmer had a dilemma. He had two groups at Microsoft pursuing competing visions for tablet computers. One group, led by Xbox godfather J Allard, was pushing for a sleek, two-screen tablet called the Courier that users controlled with their finger or a pen. But it had a problem: it was running a modified version of Windows. That ran headlong into the vision of tablet computing laid out by Steven Sinofsky, the head of Microsoft's Windows division. Sinofsky was wary of any product - let alone one from inside Microsoft's walls - that threatened the foundation of Microsoft's flagship operating system. But Sinofsky's tablet-friendly version of Windows was more than two years away." I'm still mad at Microsoft for this one.
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RE[4]: They was right
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 09:30 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: They was right"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

I want one of those so badly.

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RE[5]: They was right
by MOS6510 on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 09:33 in reply to "RE[4]: They was right"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I have managed to collect loads of computers and the wise lesson I learned is that they are useless without software. Even more so game consoles as you can't even program those yourself.

So getting hold of a Pippin will not be easy, but perhaps even harder is to get any games for it. Also considering not many have been made.

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RE[6]: They was right
by zima on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 15:10 in reply to "RE[5]: They was right"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Id's say they're mostly useless also with software, considering most of the ancient software is pretty much useless ;)

The only scenario planned for my C64 which I could honestly describe as sort-of-useful, maybe: Contiki IRC client (plus IM, via Bitlbee) - and that's probably still mostly for bragging rights fun on one channel I sometimes visit, and with few IM buddies.
With some PC providing connection and... display (via TV tuner). And that's still only thanks to quite recent software.

Also, most of the old games are horrible. We just mistakenly remember them as good.
Though, overall, old consoles are probably more straightforward - they were always about "smoother" user experience, and the difference gets even bigger when exploring old ones (both with hardware or emulation)

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RE[5]: They was right
by Laurence on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 14:11 in reply to "RE[4]: They was right"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

I want one of those so badly.

They're on eBay.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-Bandai-Apple-PiPPIN-ATMARK-/260876708...


Also, +informative to MOS6510. That console has taken me completely by surprise!

Edited 2011-11-02 14:11 UTC

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RE[6]: They was right
by MOS6510 on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 15:30 in reply to "RE[5]: They was right"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

You didn't know it??? You should read more Apple Failures lists, the Pippin is a permanent feature on those. ;-)

I must admit that I was very much in to gaming when the Pippin came 'n' disappeared and I only learned of it a few years ago.

It's interesting to note that a number of successful Apple products were failures many years ago. Newton vs iPad, Macintosh TV vs Apple TV, Cube vs Mac Mini. Even the first MacBook Air can be considered a failure and the current one a success.

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