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[4]: OS/2
by zima on Sat 25th Aug 2012 20:49 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: OS/2"
zima
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2005-07-06

Hm, but I didn't claim that ads were what killed OS/2. Conversely, I said that it was ultimately about IBM being IBM ("good old IBM" and all, used to how they were always doing things on ~mainframes) versus Gang of Nine dynamics - things on which you, yeah, elaborate a bit more ;)

I think CF lives on in more ~pro usages... But what makes it still suitable there, is also why it was surpassed by SD in consumer gear? (and generally, being a bit too large physically, NVM costly)
USB - more ubiquitous, the pendrives more handy.


TV card was great for a poor student living in a dorm* ...but, other than that, PC just didn't fit too well with how people watch TV (the typically horrible software didn't help; or how a group would block PC usage by one person, also while TVs are often kinda "in the background" on) - and they didn't even really move to watching on the net (Netflix and such have limited reach; and YT is a bit distinct from the TV - just glance over the top clips there). Hell, meanwhile people were moving to more "very TV" & expensive setups, with the explosive growth of pay TV.

*and quite useful, in a way, when some major turmoil unfolded in the country of my room mate, and he was able to follow the situation via CNN coverage.
Though I'm still not quite sure how I was able to receive CNN over-the-air... my best guess: since the Flakturm-like dorm is adjacent to a neighbourhood of old (antique-protected?) large villas, it's plausible that one belongs to some diplomatic mission which set up a small-scale repeater, for the reception throughout the property - quite easily picked up also by the nearby large antenna on dorm roof (I certainly wasn't able to detect any CNN broadcast while moving to another place just ~1 km away)

But even though I had, supposedly, a TV card among the best-supported ones (bt848/878 series, compatible with dscaler or K!TV), there were some lingering issues... (most notably with sound under dscaler)
Still, I must hook it up again one day, to digitise some old VHS tapes... (luckily, in this case the highest-quality dscaler won't be a problem, since audio from the VCR can be handled by the soundcard line-in; OTOH, some of the older tapes are probably in SECAM, which my TV card likely doesn't support, arghh)

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