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My Zune was awesome! That's why I own the HD
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I wish the xbox 360 was on that list....
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I wish the xbox 360 was on that list....
I wish PC gaming was on that list too...
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Bing Cash Back was freakin awesome. I miss it.
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I wouldn't say that. I used to own one (loved it until I upgraded) and by friend got one on sale for $25. Loves it too. I think some of us know the sidewinder very well and it still exists, it just gets overlooked sometimes.
I used to have a Sidewinder joypad I think...it was very nice, but I apparently lost it somewhere along the way.

A buddy of mine had a Sidewinder force feedback flight stick, and it was the only force feedback stick that actually did force feedback very well IMHO. Of course, the whole force feedback thing is kind of dead now, isn't it? Now there's a "next big thing" in gaming that is barely a memory these days...

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And what the hell is Windows Onecare?
Well the article obviously tells you. But they did not market it well, I thought it was only for IT professionals myself.

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I wish the xbox 360 was on that list....
Well that's just silly. You may not like X360 for whatever reason, but any argument that the X360 is somehow an unsuccessful product is just crazy and wrong.
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Using a microsoft cordless desktop elite at work now.

It's not bad...
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encarta was awesome back in the day. i didn't see Ms Bob in the list. prolly not many knew about that.
I think Encarta and Money shouldn't be on the list, because they were "known". Nothing was inherently wrong with Encarta, next to that it was Windows only, so other people were shut out (especially in the early days, when many people were still DOS based; and later days, when people were doing OSX and Linux and stuff like that). Money, well, it wasn't that good, riddled with math bugs as it was - GNU Cash was superior, and Quicken stole the market, even though PC Magazine gave it a big thumbs down because of the $10,000,000.00 limit that Quicken had.

MS BOB was just craziness - like, a GUI for Windows? How would that sell? I remember when it came out. It was one steaming heap of dain bramage because it was harder to remember what part of the screen to click on, than the system Windows uses, you know, where you click on the labelled icon for whatever you want to do. However, BOB did stiff us all the way to the present, with the omnipresent "Smart Wizards".

Zune failed because their colours were awful, well, unless someone really likes that baby diaper dung colour, or the jungle rot red scab colour they attempted to peddle. Not that the device itself was awful, but MS just came up with an awful name and awful colours. They also couldn't get their mind out of the MP3 box. All MP3 players have failed because they are just MP3 players - while the iPod was always a media player that, sure, could play MP3s, but could also play full quality, lossless music as well. This has been completely lost on the MP3 Player makers - and all have failed because of it. Now, if MS had decent colours, and supported regular formats, like AIFF, OGG, FLAC, M4P and so on; and made download software available for all platforms (or made it like a keychain drive, where you could just copy music files across USB), they might have had a winner. Instead, bad colours, proprietary Windows only software, and WMA - that simply killed it before birth.
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