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2013-05-24 11:35:16 PM
No Laserdisc player?
 
2013-05-24 11:38:24 PM
I just want to say - as an owner of the Motorola E1 ROKR, that phone was amazing. Also, it had the best phone speakers of any device I've ever seen or heard - stereo speakers in a candy bar phone, man, that's unheard of.
 
2013-05-24 11:43:53 PM
I think workers at EPCOT still use the Segway and yes, they do look kind of like douchebags. But obviously the things are death traps if our former President, a jet fighter pilot who I think helped bring down the alien invaders couldn't stand up in one.
 
2013-05-24 11:46:25 PM
Those are gadget flops, not tech flops. Tech flops are much more expensive.
 
2013-05-25 12:24:53 AM

Mugato: No Laserdisc player?


I think you meant DiVX player.
 
2013-05-25 12:33:15 AM

ShawnDoc: Mugato: No Laserdisc player?

I think you meant DiVX player.


Never had one of those but I had a Laserdisc player that you had to stop in the middle of the movie and flip the disc over. The DVD came out a couple years later.
 
2013-05-25 12:41:46 AM
Fark that noise. If it weren't for my CueCat (still have the one I got free), I wouldn't have been able to catalog my home library. That alone made it worth it to me to keep it around.
 
2013-05-25 01:12:25 AM

Mugato: Never had one of those but I had a Laserdisc player that you had to stop in the middle of the movie and flip the disc over. The DVD came out a couple years later.


The DiVX was launched by Circuit City at the same time as DVD.  It had to be plugged into a phone line, and you "rented" the discs.  So you would go to Circuit City to get your movie, and it would give you say a 48 hour window to watch the movie after you put it in the machine.  If you wanted to watch it again after that you had to pay.  Since the studios set the rates, they were often ridiculous.  Circuit City sank a ton of money into the platform, and the company was never able to recover.

I don't think it even lasted a year before studios stopped making movies in the format.  Vs Laserdics which never quite took off, but they lasted well over a decade before supplanted by DVD.
 
2013-05-25 01:23:25 AM
Here's the blog they took it from.  They say that.  It's kinda a waste of a page.  And the Fox New one isn't any better.

http://blog.laptopmag.com/worst-gadget-flops-of-all-time
 
2013-05-25 01:38:34 AM
CueCat barcode Reader

Heh!  I have three of these in my tech junk pile.  And they're PS2, not USB (at least the ones I have).  And they were free.  I think Radio Shack was giving them out to anyone who walked by.  I played with mine as a regular barcode reader.
 
2013-05-25 01:55:12 AM
No Fark.com?
 
2013-05-25 02:10:57 AM

ShawnDoc: DiVX


That wins my award for the stupidest idea ever.
 
2013-05-25 02:17:24 AM
Isn't this really "tech media darlings that no one bought?"

It's rather grisly to watch the media turn on ideas they previously championed.
 
2013-05-25 03:38:50 AM
What about the "toaster oven"? Is it a "toaster" or is it an "oven"?? C'mon, Sunbeam, make up your mind! You can't have it both ways!!!
 
2013-05-25 03:48:10 AM
I see security guards and tourists on Segways all the time.
 
2013-05-25 04:09:11 AM
I would have been more impressed if 2/3rds of that list wasn't failed phone.

Anybody else remember the brief flirtation with temporary dvd's? They came in sealed pounces that you bought, and they basically self destructed after 24 hours and became unreadable?

I don't remember what they were called, but they failed spectacularly.
 
2013-05-25 04:11:34 AM

Old enough to know better: I would have been more impressed if 2/3rds of that list wasn't failed phone.

Anybody else remember the brief flirtation with temporary dvd's? They came in sealed pounces that you bought, and they basically self destructed after 24 hours and became unreadable?

I don't remember what they were called, but they failed spectacularly.


DiVX
 
2013-05-25 04:21:25 AM

log_jammin: Old enough to know better: I would have been more impressed if 2/3rds of that list wasn't failed phone.

Anybody else remember the brief flirtation with temporary dvd's? They came in sealed pounces that you bought, and they basically self destructed after 24 hours and became unreadable?

I don't remember what they were called, but they failed spectacularly.

DiVX


I think there was something that physically degraded these DVDs such that they'd become unplayable a certain time after opening. This is useful for communiques to the Impossible Mission team, but failed to catch on with anyone else. DIVX was a different thing; a DRM scheme thought up by lawyers and accountants to effectively rent DVDs without bothering with return processing. Naturally, everybody else hated it.
 
2013-05-25 04:27:32 AM

zimbach: I think there was something that physically degraded these DVDs such that they'd become unplayable a certain time after opening.


That's something I've never heard of. I'd love a link if you remember what it was called.
 
2013-05-25 04:30:52 AM
Hai guyz...

toastytech.com
 
2013-05-25 04:38:14 AM

log_jammin: zimbach: I think there was something that physically degraded these DVDs such that they'd become unplayable a certain time after opening.

That's something I've never heard of. I'd love a link if you remember what it was called.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flexplay

"Flexplay is a trademark for a DVD-compatible optical video disc format with a time-limited (usually 48-hour) playback time. They are often described as "self-destructing" although the disc merely turns black and does not physically disintegrate.
....
The technology was originally intended as an alternative means for the short-term rental of newly released movies. Since the disc is capable of being used in any standard DVD player, the manufacturers hoped it would succeed where other time-limited DVD technologies, such as DiVX, failed. Test-marketing of EZ-D discs began on August 2003 but was canceled early when consumers rejected the concept (partly due to environmental issues). Due to fears of cannibalizing DVD sales, movies were made available on eZ-D between 2 months and several years after being released on DVD and were priced at US$6.99, both factors that significantly limited consumer demand."
 
2013-05-25 04:40:51 AM
No Tech Flops list is complete without the CueCat, and it's there.
 
2013-05-25 04:42:34 AM

log_jammin: zimbach: I think there was something that physically degraded these DVDs such that they'd become unplayable a certain time after opening.

That's something I've never heard of. I'd love a link if you remember what it was called.


These were about ten years ago. I remember them being in the supermarket checkout lane for awhile.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flexplay
 
2013-05-25 04:46:14 AM
well, crap.
 
2013-05-25 04:46:28 AM

gameshowhost: No Fark.com?


FARK TV

FTFY
 
2013-05-25 04:47:06 AM

Excelsior: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flexplay


robohobo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flexplay


thanks
 
2013-05-25 04:50:20 AM

Excelsior: log_jammin: zimbach: I think there was something that physically degraded these DVDs such that they'd become unplayable a certain time after opening.

That's something I've never heard of. I'd love a link if you remember what it was called.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flexplay

"Flexplay is a trademark for


I'm sure it helped that they chose a trademark that sounded like a sex toy.
 
2013-05-25 04:53:59 AM
Huck And Molly Ziegler: What about the "toaster oven"? Is it a "toaster" or is it an "oven"?? C'mon, Sunbeam, make up your mind! You can't have it both ways!!!

Um,

Toaster ovens are alive and well, and you CAN have it both ways (they even have ones with convection now).

// mine gets a lot of use, the latent heat in a piece of toast from a regular slot toaster is not enough to melt most cheeses. In a toaster oven, you just throw the cheese on top of the slices of bread when they're getting close to the toast level you want.

They're also good for heating up pizza in a pinch (though I now use the skillet method to re-heat pizza).
 
2013-05-25 05:00:35 AM
No Xbone?
 
2013-05-25 05:01:38 AM
No TotalFark?
 
2013-05-25 05:12:12 AM
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-05-25 05:34:35 AM

Huck And Molly Ziegler: What about the "toaster oven"? Is it a "toaster" or is it an "oven"?? C'mon, Sunbeam, make up your mind! You can't have it both ways!!!


Those are useful in spaces where you can't have a real oven, like a warehouse space, break room, or dorm room.
 
2013-05-25 05:37:35 AM

HotWingAgenda: I see security guards and tourists on Segways all the time.


In Seattle some of the parking meter folks have 3 wheel Segways. I guess after Bush managed to bite it on one of them we had to get a version with training wheels.
 
2013-05-25 05:40:07 AM

Medic Zero: Huck And Molly Ziegler: What about the "toaster oven"? Is it a "toaster" or is it an "oven"?? C'mon, Sunbeam, make up your mind! You can't have it both ways!!!

Those are useful in spaces where you can't have a real oven, like a warehouse space, break room, or dorm room.


or when you don't want to spend 350 dollars for a part to fix your real oven.
 
2013-05-25 05:50:18 AM
I wouldn't call the Segway a flop, it just didn't live up to the hype.  They're still in business and still selling units.
 
2013-05-25 05:51:56 AM

log_jammin: Medic Zero: Huck And Molly Ziegler: What about the "toaster oven"? Is it a "toaster" or is it an "oven"?? C'mon, Sunbeam, make up your mind! You can't have it both ways!!!

Those are useful in spaces where you can't have a real oven, like a warehouse space, break room, or dorm room.

or when you don't want to spend 350 dollars for a part to fix your real oven.


I've got a mid-sized Breville toaster-convection oven. Works like a champ, cost 250, and uses less energy than my real convection oven. We use it more often than the real oven, cause it's just the wife and I. It was a good buy.
 
2013-05-25 05:53:36 AM

slayer199: I wouldn't call the Segway a flop, it just didn't live up to the hype.  They're still in business and still selling units.


Eh. The marketing was a huge flop. Weren't they going on and on about how it was going to change the world forever? Back when they were just calling it 'It'? Now it's just for a bunch of dorks and GOB Bluth.
 
2013-05-25 05:54:45 AM
dl.dropboxusercontent.com
 
2013-05-25 06:00:46 AM
I don't care if I look like a dork, Segways are fun.
 
2013-05-25 06:12:37 AM

RatMaster999: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 800x788]


In 1998, when stores were essentially giving those away I picked up a new one for about $18 with Warioland.  I have to say, I really enjoyed that game and the immersive qualities of that particular system--even with the red-on-black color limitations.  I still drag it out now and then to play WL.  It's an interesting product from another era--makes me miss the late 90's.  And the Cosmic Pinball cartride was pretty cool too.
 
2013-05-25 06:27:19 AM
you might not like the Segway but to call it a flop is just dumb.
 
2013-05-25 07:03:53 AM
I can't see how the Segway is overpriced. The cost is in line with a new snowmobile or ATV. I'm not a fan of them, but I don't think they're a flop.
 
2013-05-25 07:09:36 AM

stonelotus: you might not like the Segway but to call it a flop is just dumb.


I think it's only a flop if you remember how insane the marketing was on the 'morning show' route, and other usually stable and somewhat sane sources.  I mean, they said it was going to 'change the world'. And meant it. People were expecting a fusion reactor, or something similar groundbreaking.

Not an electric scooter.
 
2013-05-25 07:45:26 AM
Even though I enjoyed it while it lasted...

www.vgmuseum.com
 
2013-05-25 07:46:36 AM

kroonermanblack: stonelotus: you might not like the Segway but to call it a flop is just dumb.

I think it's only a flop if you remember how insane the marketing was on the 'morning show' route, and other usually stable and somewhat sane sources.  I mean, they said it was going to 'change the world'. And meant it. People were expecting a fusion reactor, or something similar groundbreaking.

Not an electric scooter.


Or an electric scooter that uses your own body to keep itself upright, and moves slowly. It's like paying 5,000$ to walk around.
 
2013-05-25 07:49:05 AM
I think Segways are cool. Problem is that they're five farking grand.
 
2013-05-25 07:53:44 AM
www.guidebookgallery.org
 
2013-05-25 08:12:39 AM
No matter what else, I'll always treasure Segway for this.
images.usatoday.com
 
2013-05-25 08:20:41 AM
Came for Virtual Boy, leaving satisfied.

/Played one once, what a complete piece of shiat.
 
2013-05-25 08:31:34 AM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Fark that noise. If it weren't for my CueCat (still have the one I got free), I wouldn't have been able to catalog my home library. That alone made it worth it to me to keep it around.


We tried, but about 40% of our library doesn't have bar codes.
 
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