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Over the course of a typical year, there are thousands of exciting gadgets released, operating systems updated, and innovations announced. We geeks 10 Websites Geeks Of All Stripes Should Bookmark 10 Websites Geeks Of All Stripes Should Bookmark We geeks know what we are and revel in our existence as our place in society grows ever stronger. We are geeks, we are proud, and we're not going anywhere. As the Internet becomes a... Read More get a little overexcited at times, and joyfully lap up these things faster than a cat drinking cream.

However, not all technological advances turn out to be as good as we had hoped, or, more likely, had been led to believe by overzealous PR people. These quickly become tech disappointments, shattering our hopes for what could have been.

For this week’s We Ask You, we’re looking to compile a list of the biggest tech disappointments of all time, and we need your help making it happen.

Detailing Disappointments

We want to know, What’s The Biggest Tech Disappointment You Have Ever Experienced?

This is a simple enough question, but one which may require a certain amount of thinking on your part. You’ll have to trawl through your longterm memory banks to determine which technology news, release, or announcement disappointed you more than any other.

Anything goes really, as long as it’s somehow connected to technology, and you found yourself disappointed by it. However, for those still struggling with such a vague question, we do have some examples to offer.

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Other things that could rank high on your list of tech disappointments are certain video games which promised much but delivered little 4 Video Games That Failed To Live Up To The Hype [MUO Gaming] 4 Video Games That Failed To Live Up To The Hype [MUO Gaming] Hype is a necessary part of video games. As the game builds towards its release, it is only natural for fans to get excited, and the PR departments for the games do a great job... Read More (Duke Nukem Forever, perhaps, or even Destiny), or a particular website you loved being shuttered (Google Reader springs to mind Google Reader's End Is Nigh: Prepare With These Alternative RSS Readers Google Reader's End Is Nigh: Prepare With These Alternative RSS Readers Google Reader is dead. By July the Internet's premier RSS service is shutting down forever, leaving users to find a replacement on their own. If you're looking for an equivalent to Google these are just... Read More ).

Essentially, if you have been left disappointed by technology in any way, we want to hear about it. We’ll then use your personal stories of woe to compile a list of the biggest tech disappointments of all time. But to make that happen, we need you to comment below answering the question asked in the title of this post. Please. Pretty please? Don’t make us beg.

Have Your Say

All comments will be read and most will be replied to, before a follow-up post is published containing the We Ask You Results. One reader will win Comment Of The Week, receiving a geeky T-shirt chosen from those available through the catalog for their effort.

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  1. Andy Frame
    November 15, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Windows Vista. It turned my speedy xp computer into a snail that took 10 minutes to boot up, forever to open a program. It was so bad I had to remove it and re-install xp.

  2. Alex Dock
    October 17, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    I remember many years ago [early Win 95 era] buying an Creative Labs "Audigy" sound card. It cost me about £50 even way back then.
    The experience was horrendous. There were loads of tech forums including Creative Labs themselves filled with posters trying to get the damn things working correctly.
    Try this driver, [umpteen of them] Try this, try that, try the other.
    To this day I'm convinced Creative Labs released the card without proper testing and expected the consumers to do their troubleshooting for them. In frustration one day I removed it from my PC, took it to my workshop and crushed it in my vice.
    I replaced it with a £20 card from "Hercules" and it worked perfectly.
    I vowed then I would never buy another Creative Labs product and I never have.

  3. Phil
    October 17, 2014 at 8:33 am

    My wife bought an "iRobot Roomba Vacuum" for about 600€ (750$). It doesn't clean properly at all, and just dumps dirt everywhere. It's noisy. It moves randomly (so it takes 30 mins to clean one room). It has a huge battery which still needs to be recharged every couple of hours of usage and costs 80€ to replace after one year of use.

    I give it a good boot every time it rolls past.

  4. A41202813GMAIL
    October 17, 2014 at 2:30 am

    Talking About ZIP Drives.

    They Are A Nuisance For A Lot Of People, Because I Think They Are Very Sensitive When The Power Is Not Stable Enough.

    Not In My Experience.

    I Have One IDE 100MB Internal, And Two Parallel 250MB External Drives.

    I Still Make Some Of My Monthly Backups With Them.

    Cheers.

  5. Kerny
    October 15, 2014 at 2:15 am

    Google Plus. Started off great and ended up rubbish!

  6. likefunbutnot
    October 11, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    I find it galling that anyone could consider iOS an acceptable option for general purpose computing. The first time I used an iOS device, I couldn't believe the functionality that was missing from the core OS, like the ability to view content saved on the device at a file-system level, view the same file in multiple applications or connect to a file server for data transfers, let alone some of the obnoxious file format limitations found in the core applications.

    Over 20 years working in IT, I've never had a single positive interaction with Apple's support, something that it's supposedly famous for providing. In many cases, Apple's paid software support consists of reading documents aloud over the phone that are available to the public on its web site; Apple's awesome support is apparently predicated on the notion that its users can't read. After an iOS bug caused me to be charged nearly twenty times for the same transaction, I had to call back separately for each fraudulent charge, some of them appearing weeks after the initial transaction.

    I have a decidedly negative view of a company that many, many people believe produces "good" technology and service and all I can say is that all of those people are wrong.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 13, 2014 at 6:42 pm

      Wow, don't hold back! I guess your vote for the biggest tech disappointment is Apple as a company and a whole then, eh?

    • likefunbutnot
      October 14, 2014 at 2:45 am

      @Dave P,

      I suppose my disappointment is in finding the perception other people have for what makes technology good. In most cases, I can at least see the positives in what engineers and developers have tried to do, but so much of dealing with Apple's software and hardware is predicated on doing things the single way according to the one true path that Steve Jobs hath provided; It's the triumph of marketing over utility and form over function.

      And that's a terrible thing.

  7. Zack
    October 11, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    The discontinuation of WebOS.

  8. Paul Guenter
    October 11, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    First time having to use ios computer. I was given a laptop to repair the network connection. Trying to find the well hidden settings to get to the network only to find out that I would need to go to a command prompt just to fix the issue. Realizing that the brand new version they had just upgraded to was extremely similar to the Linux version I had used from a year ago. Not impressed at all with the made by kids looking interface of the ios. Not impressed at all. Am I missing something? Don't understand the hype.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 13, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      IOS or Mac OS X? Some people prefer it to Windows, so I guess it's horses for courses. I don't think the hype helps though, as anyone who tries it and thinks it will be something special may be bitterly disappointed.

    • Paul Guenter
      October 13, 2014 at 7:36 pm

      Sorry I mean mac osx. I don't care for windows as well. Having serviced it for a lot of people. I didn't think it would be anything special but disappointed with the quality I would expect from a billions of dollars company.

  9. KT
    October 10, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Console gaming after PS2/Xbox. It's all so online and refined that single player game ownership is almost gone. I really miss cheat codes and devices like Game Shark, you could actually customize a game you owned to your liking ie: Resident Evil 2 with an unlimited magnum revolver, etc.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 13, 2014 at 6:48 pm

      I have fond memories of the cheat cartridges. Strangely, I don't miss them though.

      There are still some options for people who want to play on their own or with friends on the sofa, especially when it comes to indie games. You need to look past the big-budget offerings!

  10. Samuel Almeida
    October 10, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    My biggest dissapointment was the Siemens M60, this beautiful thing here (http://www.gsmarena.com/siemens_mc60-476.php). This is 2003, a time when the concept of true smartphones lingered in the head of few (possibly Steve Jobs, not many more). It was a time when - where I'm from - Nokia 3310 and 3330 weren't the best available phones, but certainly the most popular (how times have changed for Nokia).

    My biggest dissapointment was the Siemens M60, this beautiful thing here (http://www.gsmarena.com/siemens_mc60-476.php). This is 2003, a time when the concept of true smartphones lingered in the head of few (possibly Steve Jobs, not many more). It was a time when - where I'm from - Nokia 3310 and 3330 weren't the best available phones, but certainly the most popular (how times have changed for Nokia).

    Because internet reviews were nearly none-existent, I was fooled by the appealing publicity given to the phone near Christmas time. The specs seemed interesting (hadn't seen many phones with coloured screens), and the somewhat larger price tag suggested this would be a great catch.

    But I was wrong. Garbage. Just plain 'ol garbage.

    It felt weak and fragile, the keys were far from ergonomic, the colours were ugly, and the battery was inexistent. The only positive I found in the phone was the backlit keyboard, painted in red. Awesome. The phone lasted a couple of years. It had to. I didn't have the chance to invest in anything else.

    It's funny how things have changed. I wouldn't say there is a greater offer these days compared to 10 years ago; but I would say that there is more and faster information, making it pretty hard to not go through a thorough analysis before buying something.

    The saying is old and it can be applied in any circumstance: those who do not learn from their past are doomed to repeat it. Next time I'm out to buy something that requires a significant investment, count on a Pros and Cons, SWOT, reviews, forums, test drives... and anything else that makes a difference.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 13, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      The Internet coupled with the rise of the geek has helped immensely. These days you can find reviews from professionals and consumers on any product you care to mention. Out of interest, what phone do you own now?

    • Samuel Almeida
      October 13, 2014 at 8:13 pm

      David,
      That's definitely true. I wouldn't say any product - the other day I was looking for a review on a laptop and couldn't find anything useful - but the majority, yes.
      Currently I'm equipped with an iPhone4. But as discussed, when the time comes, I'm sure there will be more than enough information to help me make a confident choice.

    • dragonmouth
      October 13, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      "These days you can find reviews from professionals and consumers...."
      You forgot to mention the professional review writers paid for their reviews by product manufacturers. :-)

  11. ps
    October 10, 2014 at 5:49 am

    Intel graphics. Intel Extreme? Extremely slow.

    • likefunbutnot
      October 14, 2014 at 2:25 am

      Intel's engineering focus has been on improving CPUs, which have a computing workload at odds with the kinds of computation we normally associate with graphics processing. Intel's integrated graphics have historically been on providing adequate service for mainstream business machines, where the largest concerns have more to do with reliable operation, low power consumption and ability to decode up-to-date consumer video CODECs.

      Being disappointed at Intel graphics for not being competitive for gaming or video encoding is like being annoyed because your Honda Civic isn't doing very well on a drag strip.

    • ps
      October 14, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      I agree, but to call something 'extreme' when it isn't is really just taking the piss out of your customers. At least they wised up later and just settled for calling it HD.

  12. Jan
    October 10, 2014 at 3:13 am

    IOS 8, 8.02, slow, buggy

    • Dave Parrack
      October 13, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      Oh dear. Was iOS 7 better?

  13. Deborah
    October 9, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Palm, an OS that was worth putting more into. It still lives on in some devices.

  14. dragonmouth
    October 9, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    The biggest tech disappointment? WINDOWS.
    I cannot fathom how a perfectionist like Bill Gates created such a kludge of an operating system as Windows. It is a further mystery how/why he has allowed the kludge to be maintained and new versions created.

    Of course, Bill Gates could just be one of the best snake oil salesmen ever.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 13, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      I agree Windows is far from perfect, but isn't it at least on a par with the other options available? I mean, it's not like OS X or Linux is perfect either.

    • dragonmouth
      October 13, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      "isn’t it at least on a par with the other options available?"
      Only in the mids of Window Fans.

      " I mean, it’s not like OS X or Linux is perfect either."
      That's like implying that the Yugo was as good as a Rolls Royce because neither one was "perfect." There is a fallacy in your statement somewhere but I can't recognize what kind since it has been a long time since I took my last Logic course. BTW - OS/X and Linux are closer to being perfect than Windows.

      Maybe my disappointment is with Gates for writing something so shoddy as Windows, rather than with Windows being so shoddy.

    • Jim Smith
      November 7, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      Hi dragonmouth

      IBM is the reason windows ever got off the ground. We would all be using OS/2 instead if IBM's contractor supervisors had not let the ball drop when we transitioned from PCDOS to MSDOS. Microsoft, aka, Gate & company, was contracted to write the original DOS (disk operating system) for the IBM PC, of the early 1080's. IBM had full control and ownership of the product.

      At some later date, when IBM was developing a real multi user operating system, OS/2, they let the contract with Microsoft expire and Microsoft was then able to continue on their merry way to Windows 1, 3, 3.1, etc. The ideas they used came from various sources, such as Amiga, Apple, etc. Because of their previous "market share" and reputation with IBM, they were able to leverage their Windows product into marketing agreements with hardware manufacturers (such agreements were the subject of many lawsuits) that limited the manufacturers from selling any personal computers at all without the windows software, whether installed or not. So, if you wanted to only run DOS programs or omigosh, run a totally different operating system on that hardware, you could certainly do so, after paying the Microsoft "tax" by paying for Windows you never planned to use and certainly could not use except on that piece of hardware, according to the EULA, another much used topic of lawsuits.

      Anyway, Microsoft leveraged their market share and monopoly agreements with hardware makers into a billion dollar business in a few short years, then started doing the same thing with applications that would only run on Windows.

      As an it consultant, I tended to avoid like the plague any Windows edition that had a zero at the end, I always waited for the inevitable upgrade for all the security risks would provoke within a few months. Some editions I NEVER used (95 and ME come to mind), but 98 and 2000 were pretty good editions. I have been using Linux for server and desktop now for the last 5 years or so, and cannot imagine having to deal with the windows straitjacket again.

      I'm one of those guys that the kids at church say, "you're much too old to know that much about computers". I'll be 67 in a few days...

      Best Regards,
      Jim Smith

    • dragonmouth
      November 8, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      Which still does not answer my question about the kludge. Gates and Allen did not write the O/S they sold to IBM from scratch. They bought it from Seattle Computer Products and enhanced it a bit before delivering to Big Blue. Even if IBM was in charge, having worked with IBM software, I can't believe they would be so lax as to let Windows out the door. The only explanation is that Windows is a kludge on purpose.

      BTW - the first computer I ever worked on was an IBM 1401.

  15. JamesTonjes
    October 9, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    I ordered some parts to build a computer only to find out the shop wasn't open in December (was late by 3 days) parts were sent in late January and arrived in February (after 2 or so weeks) and then after putting everything together it didn't work, eventually narrowed it down to being the motherboard, after it was sent back the firm said it was a factory defect and sent another one, conveniently the post office in Johannesburg was on strike for 5 WEEKS and then after that it arrived in about a weeks time...

    • Dave Parrack
      October 13, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      I would have been so frustrated by that point I would have thrown it out of the window.

  16. Bill Fleet
    October 9, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Mine was probably the premiere of the Apple Newton. The bar had been raised high, very high; and there was no way any technology of the time could have done what had been promised by Apple. True, it did a lot, but a lot of it wasn't done well.

    NewtonOS was crippled by an advanced OO-based memory 'soup' paradigm that overtaxed the small processor, especially if one added extra storage. Apps were few and very cumbersome and slow to load from PC or Mac. Backups ditto. The handwriting recognition worked, but it trained you, not the other way around. The final insult was the SDK, which cost $700 for registered developers only.

    I had so wanted this tech to work; I got one used, played with it, and discovered there was no way in (at least, not a cheap or easy one).

    Little wonder that the Palm Pilot a year or two later was a huge success, simply by stripping out all the things that hadn't worked, and featuring quick, easy backups and connections, and a simple but predictable hand-input system. Nice.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 13, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      Oh good shout. I never actually saw Apple Newton in action, but I've heard plenty of horror stories. It's stunning that the same company then produced iOS and the iPhone.

  17. Leah
    October 9, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    The Compaq we bought when I was in seventh grade, so that makes it 1994. It was our first computer (well, actually, our first computer was one we borrowed from our neighbors when they got a new one). It was a complete lemon. It crashed all the time. We used it like a normal person would in 1994 but it just didn't work like it was supposed to. It's been a while so I can't remember how bad it was, but it definitely put a sour taste in my mouth about Compaq (which has sense been bought by HP, correct?)

    I could also go with Zip Drives. I was naive enough to have on installed on my first personal computer for college (as in the first one for me and not just family). It sounded cool so okay, why not? I don't think anyone used zip drives. I have one disk with something on it (I think it's some word documents) and no way to access them.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 13, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      Yes, HP bought Compaq a few years back, and I still have a laptop labelled Compaq. It's amazing how one bad experience can poison your mind against a company though. I think we have all had that experience at least once in our lives.

      I don't even remember Zip drives, so they must have been big ;)

    • Steve M.
      November 4, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      Ahhhh yes, the ZIP drive and it's sibling devices the Ditto and Jaz drives all products of Iomega Corp now owned by lenovoEMC.
      Zip drives were external storage devices that were painfully slow. I worked for a company that provided Iomega's tech support back in the 90's. They were pretty popular and sales of their devices were anything but weak. For a while there they were a huge item with regard to sales and choice of backup device. But as data capacities increased on media like CD's and eventually DVD's the Zip was just too limited and ultra slow which ended up being their demise.

  18. Leopardmask
    October 9, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    When I was a kid I got this RC car that was also a metal detector. It detected any metal that was visible anyway. Also the noise it made when it found something was really annoying and it was constantly getting caught on ledges. Actually, that last one also applies to our hovercraft vacuum cleaner, which is great and quiet and all but can't make the transition from tile to carpet. Sometimes it gets caught on the spaces between tiles.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 13, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      Don't you just love it when technology fails to deliver on a manufacturer's promise?!

  19. Kenny Stier
    October 9, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Windows 8 was a HUGE disappointment. Cartoon-like squares organized on a screen, no thanks. Ubuntu will do just fine.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      Is Windows 10 likely to tempt you back to the dark side?

    • Kenny Stier
      October 13, 2014 at 11:33 pm

      XP's Blue Screen of Death plague brought me to Ubuntu 12.04 a month after it came out, and I'm now working on a distro of my own, Trenta OS.
      http://trentaos.org/
      I'm definitely not switching back anytime soon. :D
      But, Windows 10 will be easier to work with (when I have to) since they implemented (or copied) Linux's workspaces and window spread features.

  20. Xoandre
    October 9, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    The problem with reporting on disappointments is that they may come across seeming like a complaint. Removing the emotion from the problem can be challenging.

    So, JUST THE FACTS:

    My biggest disappointment is in the Android OS.

    My first exposure to Android was the original Kindle Fire, which uses a very limited and altered version of Android. The Kindle Fire (first edition) is a very slow, laggy, and limited piece of hardware. It is fine for basic functions like book reading and playing music (if you don't mind a maximum volume at 20 decibels - even through headphones).

    The Android OS itself is buggy and slow at times. It comes with bloatware like Google +, an inexplicable app called "Black Hole" that runs all the time, and will pop up messages about apps that you never started in the first place: "Google Maps has stopped responding" and "Google Translate has crashed."

    It is almost as if the Android OS can sense through your fingertips how much anxiety you may have at the moment you need it most. Whenever you are in a hurry, it becomes unresponsive or the app you need (Camera or facebook for example) decides it will stop responding or just sit there for 5 minutes and not respond at all. These same apps and functions work fine and fast whenever you are calm and not in a rush to use them.

    Overall, my experience with Android OS has been disappointing. Certainly it may have a lot to do with the hardware I am using.

    SPECS of my devices:
    Kindle Fire has 1gb RAM and 1.2GHz processor. (sold it to a friend for his daughter's birthday)
    My ZTE Valet phone has 512k RAM and 1.0GHz processor.
    My off-brand Tablet has 16GB RAM and 2.0GHz processor.
    Both my phone and tablet are boosted with a 16GB Class 10 MicroSD card.
    My tablet with 2.0GHz is slower and less responsive at times than my phone, even though that should be the opposite.

    • jonen560ti
      October 10, 2014 at 11:39 am

      @Xoandre

      You had a tablet with 16GB`s of RAM? I`d like to get my hands on that

      Now to answer the original question. i think maybe my HP pavilion dv5 laptop is a worthy contender, while i did have some good times with it and at the time i loved it, it had serious overheating issues. not just when playing games or using intensive applications, but even when browsing the web or using MS Office. according to speedfan, the CPU was at 80c idle and sometimes exceeded 100c. i know that i used it pretty much everyday for 3-4 years, but even so. i dont know if it had really cheap thermal compound or just sucked at cooling. i know my current Packard Bell Easynote TS 11-hr gets pretty hot when gaming, i tried putting a piece of chocolate beside the grill and when i tried picking it up after a few minutes, my fingers slid right through it.

      there`s a good reason i mostly use my desktop nowadays

    • Stephen H
      October 10, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      Your choice of devices is the problem, not the os. Off brand or low end hardware is going to be risky no matter what.

      If you had spent the same amount of money on android that you would have to on apple, you would have had a much better experience.

      My android devices:
      Google nexus 7
      Google nexus phone
      Samsung s3
      Samsung note 2
      Samsung note 3
      Asus transformer
      Moto razor
      Moto droid x
      Htc droid eris

      All top of the line for the time, and I loved the experience with every one... so did my wife and daughter who are not techy ppl.

      I bought my wife an ipad and she had it for 2 days and exclaimed that she hated it because it felt like it was designed for a 2 year old. She called it a leappad for adults.

    • Stephen H
      October 10, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      And btw, your off brand tablet probably had 256 ram... the 16gb was internal storage. The most ram in any ios or android ever is 3gb. You also have to remember that the whole thing is driven by a single chip, so if the video is underpowered, the whole device suffers... do you think you are getting high end components in a 70 dollar tablet? The screen alone should cost 2x that if you want quality.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 13, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      As others have noted, I suspect that's mainly down to the hardware too. Even if you can't buy a top-end Android phone, try one for a couple of days and you'll probably see how good Android can be. It's not perfect, but you appear to have had more than your fair share of problems with it.

  21. dragonmouth
    October 9, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Windows.
    It is inconceivable to me how Bill Gates, one of the best hackers (in a positive sense) of our time, can create such a kludge of an operating system. How can he and a cast of thousands of tame programmers continue to "maintain" and "improve" that kludge?

    Or maybe Bill Gates is one of the best snake oil salesmen of all time.

  22. Adam
    October 9, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    In a lot of ways, my biggest tech disappointment was the Handspring Visor Deluxe. I was still in school, and thought that it would change everything. I purchased a (rather nifty) fold-up keyboard so that I could type my notes, and a titanium hardcase to protect my "investment". I later find out that the notes app will only hold a limited amount of data (at least 3 files per class to hold anything), the peripherals never really materialized, and the screen (not bad at the time) was strain-inducing. This was really all my fault though, being young and loving sci-fi, I felt that the age of pocket computing was nigh. I would see all of these things, and much more, come to fruition... but a fair few years later, in our cell phones.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 13, 2014 at 7:04 pm

      Oh man, I feel for you. There you were as a naive kid thinking the future had arrived. But it was still a few years away. I bet you love having a smartphone now though, eh?

  23. Howard Pearce
    October 9, 2014 at 11:44 am

    biggest disappointment was a LaCie offline disk storage/backup device that failed when I had bought it for that purpose of covering failures on my PC

    • Dave Parrack
      October 13, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      Eesh, hard drive failures always suck. No device is impervious to them though; could you at least buy another one and back your stuff up before your PC also failed?

  24. MerryMarjie
    October 9, 2014 at 11:43 am

    I had never owned a laptop but I was ready to buy one just as Windows Vista debuted. I was so excited to have the latest and greatest but Vista was a complete nightmare, with more permissions needed than I'd ever experienced, plus it was so difficult to set up my wireless network. I had come from the pleasures of Windows XP to the horror of being defeated at every turn with Vista, and I was never so disappointed with a system in my life.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 13, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      Vista sucked when it debuted. It got better though, so did you stick with it long enough so that it finally became usable?

    • MerryMarjie
      October 13, 2014 at 10:28 pm

      I had to replace my desktop several months later and it also came with Windows Vista. I was annoyed enough to RUN out to buy Windows 7 the moment it debuted to replace Vista. As far as I'm concerned, Microsoft OWES me for the headaches I experienced with that bogus system, such a trial to put a little old lady through. For shame, Bill Gates, it's not nice to fool Mother Techhy!

  25. peter
    October 9, 2014 at 11:27 am

    For me the biggest disappointment has been the lack of evolution with power storage. When mobiles first came out they last for days (even weeks) but as we got colour screens, polyphonic ringtones (remember those!?!!), wifi, 3G,4G and all the rest the demand on power has increased exponentially.
    Unfortunately, the capabilities of the ever decreasing battery sizes has meant our little plastic gadgets can struggle to get through a whole day without charging.
    I read in a magazine about how some new "smart watches" only have a battery life of 12 hours and yet people seem to be willing to fork out £££'s for something that may be unusable for half the day.
    Whilst memory capacity has grown beyond anyone's expectations (my entire video and music library can be stored on something smaller than my little finger tip) I am unable to get the most out it unless I know where the nearest wall socket is!

    *I do carry around a portable battery though - but I still think my point stands*

    • Dave Parrack
      October 13, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      This is a great choice. I think we're all getting increasingly annoyed at the lack of battery time we can get out of our smartphones. I feel like we need a period of readjustment when the technology stands still and lets the battery capacity catch up. Wishful thinking.

  26. Roger Caldwell
    October 9, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Creative Labs Nomad. Dismal battery life, poor mfg support, limited mp3 support, lots of crashes and freeze-ups. Total POS that caused me to buy my first iPod. Sometimes I wonder if Apple might secretly own Creative Labs and are using their substandard products to drive users to the "promised land".

    • Dave Parrack
      October 13, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      Ha, wouldn't that be a turn up for the books. To be fair to Creative I had a Zen for several years and loved everything about it. I refuse to buy an iPod because iTunes is so ridiculously stupid.

  27. Craig Davison
    October 9, 2014 at 11:05 am

    My biggest tech disappointment of all time is the disastrous WINDOWS 8 even Windows Vista was 100 times better.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 13, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      Ooh, controversial. And yet Windows 7 was/is so damn good.

    • likefunbutnot
      October 14, 2014 at 2:16 am

      I'm going to take a moment here to white knight the hated Start Screen and ModernUI.

      Here's the thing: The Start Screen is pretty dumb on a desktop or notebook. ModernUI apps don't make a lot of sense there either. BUT if you're using Windows on something non-traditional, either on a tablet, touch screen or as a 10' interface for a TV or projector, there's a lot to appreciate about big chunky tiles and and relatively simple navigation.

      ModernUI, misbegotten as it is, makes Windows a lot more usable in places where Windows wasn't usable before. If you did have a touchscreen Windows tablet prior to Windows 8, a stylus was practically a requirement, and there's really no happy medium for scaling desktop user interface widgets for users sitting on a couch. No, it should not have been forced on traditional PC users, but I'm glad it exists.

      Windows 8 was also the first Windows OS in its history to be visibly faster on any compatible hardware than its predecessors.

      All in all, I'd say it's a mixed bag, but the dual interface options do make sense for some users and I think in another OS release or three, that will be more readily apparent.

  28. Charlie p
    October 9, 2014 at 8:50 am

    I am pretty past the Pebble Watch. How much can grey scale and a few buttons really do?

    • Dave Parrack
      October 13, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      Will you be buying an Apple Watch instead?

  29. PlaGeRaN
    October 9, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Motorola MB511, the rule for bootloader was passed for unlocking on newer devices only. Nice device, a little to no rom's mods and other odds and ends.

  30. Larry Wong
    October 9, 2014 at 8:21 am

    The ergonomic chair that made me sit and kneel at the same time.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 13, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      Let me guess, it was uncomfortable as Hell? I tried one for 5 minutes and that was enough.

  31. James Bruce
    October 9, 2014 at 8:20 am

    1. My first foray into Android phones. Must be something cool to make people into such rabid fanboys I thought. HTC One X. Absolutely disaster. Terrible interface, lousy battery life, buggy platform. Never again.

    2. Nintendo Wii. The only lasting thing I played on it was DDR with some plastic mats, but even then the choice was horribly limited. Cute interface, cute control method, crap games.

    3. Leap Motion, the little gesture controller that couldn't. Interesting tech, fascinating when it worked, very rarely worked at all.

    3. 3D point-and-shoot camera (FinePix Real 3D). Ok, this was obviously my fault for being so stupid as to think this would actually be cool in the first place, but the sheer amount of fiddling around, editing, exporting in different file formats, just to view the damn photo. Eugh.

    • Chinmay S
      October 9, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      I first used Android in 2011. After 351 days, I bought iPhone 5. After using iPhone, I just can't go back to Android. iPhone is like drop of nectar coming directly from heavens.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 13, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      1. James Bruce is an Apple fanboy.

      2. As much as I'd like to disagree with you, I cannot.

      3. Another crappy Kickstarter purchase?

      3 (the second one). That sounds cool... could it have worked with better implementation?

  32. Jon
    October 9, 2014 at 7:28 am

    My biggest disappointment was the day the music died--er, the day Apple cancelled the Newton. At the time, it seemed that the Newton was just finally coming into its own, and the new hardware that was out was amazing, and the Newton was coming up in the world--and Jobs "Steve'd" it, along with most of the rest of Apple's product line. It is hard to communicate the feeling of betrayal, loss, etc. I've lost a couple friends to death, and while the sense of loss was nowhere near as deep as it was with losing my friends, it most certainly felt in the same vein.

    My second largest disappointment is the iPhone 6 variations. It is so great I went out and bought myself _last year's_ Moto X. I will play with it to see if it can replace my iPhone, and if it does, I'll upgrade to a 2014 X, but if not, I'll probably buy an iPhone 6--but I just don't expect that to be the case. And yes, this is a huge deal for me. :-)

    • Dave Parrack
      October 13, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      Someone else has named the Newton as their biggest disappointment, so opinions clearly vary on that particular device!

      Why are you so disappointed with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus?

    • Jon
      October 15, 2014 at 8:15 am

      Dave-
      I used Newtons--three models--for ten years. Back in its day, there was nothing else like it--I would travel on the road for months on end, with no computer, and just my Newton for handling things like email, written correspondence and keeping track of scheduling calls, letters, meetings, oh, and my meeting schedule to boot. Email was still in its infancy (I used AOL then, with a custom app by Catamount), but wherever I was, I could plug into a phone, and call a local number, thanks to AOL, and stay in touch--and all this without a cell phone. I know it had its quirks and disappointments, but honestly, by the time Newton OS2 came out, the handwriting capabilities were good enough that my Newton recognized my handwriting better than I do. :-)

      As to why I'm disappointed with the iPhone 6, well, look at the Moto X--and not the 2014 model, the 2013 model. Same sized screen, but smaller, and the capabilities it has surpass the iPhone. I will grant that the software on Android lacks polish and cohesion, but I am very satisfied with last year's model (though I only bought it just to test the waters, I might actually keep it!) I don't know. Maybe I'm just getting bored with iOS, but I was so majorly disappointed with the newest models I jumped ship--and everyone who knows me keeps looking for the flying pigs. ;-)

  33. Sandiseattle
    October 9, 2014 at 6:39 am

    DVDs. wasn't the whole idea of the dvd to have room for commentary and bloopers an extras? but these days if you want that kinna content you have to wait for 'special releases' or 'platnum editions'

    • Dave Parrack
      October 13, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      Oh, there is room for it all, but why stick everything on there the first time of asking when us gullible movie buffs will buy special releases 12 months after the original?!

  34. Scott M
    October 9, 2014 at 5:42 am

    The biggest disappointment I have experienced was waiting for the Samsung Omnia II to come out on Verizon Wireless. The Motorola Droid came out before the Omnia did, so I decided to get the Droid instead.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 13, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      That's just impatience talking. It clearly had an impact though if you're still bitter about it ;)

  35. Jobin Bennykutty
    October 9, 2014 at 4:12 am

    iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus

    • James Bruce
      October 9, 2014 at 8:20 am

      You own them both, or are you just speculating?

    • Jobin
      October 9, 2014 at 8:36 am

      @James Bruce I had a iPhone 6 but switched back to HTC One M8.. Bigger screen + iPhone = not the best idea. :P

    • Dave Parrack
      October 13, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      Was it all about the size?

      I hope that's the first time you have ever been asked that...

  36. SpocKirk
    October 9, 2014 at 4:12 am

    The Wii motion controls and/or their implementation, even in first-party games

    • Dave Parrack
      October 13, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      Oh, I agree. It was a great idea, but the actual reality of playing it left a lot to be desired.

  37. Dan Williamson
    October 9, 2014 at 2:14 am

    My biggest disappointment was the LEAP motion detector. With all the hype prior to its release, I had visions of it being an all around controller, allowing me to sit back in my easy chair and control my pc just with hand motions. Alas, this didn't happen. The LEAP is now sitting in a drawer with other computer hardware that was to expensive to throw away, but of no use to me.

    • James Bruce
      October 9, 2014 at 8:21 am

      Absolutely. I couldn't stand to keep it around staring at me though, so I ebayed it for half the cost. ;(

    • Dave Parrack
      October 13, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      I imagine James to have drawers full of unused Kickstarter purchases.

  38. franz dibbler
    October 9, 2014 at 2:02 am

    Girl friend got me a "BonePhone" instead of one of those new fangled WalkMan back in 1980. You wore the BonePhone across your shoulders like a scarf and it had little speakers that pointed toward your ears. It shorted out after not too many uses and probably cost about $100 (in 1980!), lousy sound quality too.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 13, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      WTF? I have never heard of such a thing. Then again, I was only a small child at the time. It sounds like an absolutely horrible design... I wonder why it never caught on in the way the Walkman did.

  39. Clarky
    October 9, 2014 at 1:48 am

    The discontinuation of the Apple iPod Classic. My own one just died too :(
    There is no other product that comes close to this (especially the 160GB of storage).

    • Dave Parrack
      October 13, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      I suspect you're not alone in mourning the loss of the iPod Classic. What are you going to buy instead, a 64GB iPod Touch?

  40. Sam Park
    October 9, 2014 at 1:48 am

    In 2012 I preordered a Google Nexus 7. When it finally arrives, I experienced multiple backlighting issues. When I got a replacement, it had the same problem. Now I know to think twice before preordering, and check the reviews.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 13, 2014 at 6:32 pm

      Ooh, that blows. The Nexus 7 was well-received, so you must have been extremely unlucky there.

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