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Poor old Alan Sugar. Founder and chief of British firm Amstrad, he may have missed the boat on the email revolution.
Released weeks after the millennium, the part-landline, part-email 'machine' cost £79.99 (nowadays, that would be £130, or $199), and an additional 12p ($0.20) to send each email. It was a total rip-off and difficult to use. Had it been released a few years before hand, it could have made a ton in sales.
But while computers and modems were still expensive, the Em@iler was just late to the game.
Zip drives just never took off, let alone crash to the ground like a satellite falling from space.
Iomega launched the mass-storage removable drive in 1994. The problem was is that it was hardly mass storage. It was for the time, at 100 MB, 250 MB and a whopping 750 MB. But a series of lawsuits and a class-action suit forced the company into giving out rebates on future products.
The problem was that the devices clicked and tweaked, and then rendered the data inaccessible. Millions were sold, but so many of them failed, rendering the Iomega name practically dead.
Windows Vista. *shudder*.
After Windows XP, the world's most popular and used operating system, Microsoft needed a new challenge. It wanted to bring security and eye-candy to a world that had been under attack all but constantly, every minute of the day. The web was full of malware, and frankly Vista did not exactly help the problem. It wanted to, but it was too bogged down with its own internal bureaucracy -- called "User Account Control".
But it broke too many hardware devices, and the security protection was nominal. It was slow and sluggish and sales plummeted. Until Windows 7 came out, many had suffered with the operating system, while many had reverted back to XP. The lucky ones hadn't upgraded at all.