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The 25 Worst Tech Products of All Time

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The 25 Worst Tech Products of All Time

These products are so bad, they belong in the high-tech hall of shame.

PC World staffers and contributors nominated their candidates and then gave each one the sniff test. [They] sought the worst of the worst--operating systems that operated badly, hardware that never should have left the factory, applications that spied on us and fed our data to shifty marketers, and products that left a legacy of poor performance and bad behavior.

1. America Online (1989-2006)

2. RealNetworks RealPlayer (1999)

3. Syncronys SoftRAM (1995)

4. Microsoft Windows Millennium (2000)

5. Sony BMG Music CDs (2005)

6. Disney The Lion King CD-ROM (1994)

7. Microsoft Bob (1995)

8. Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 (2001)

9. Pressplay and MusicNet 2002

10. Ashton-Tate dBASE IV (1988)

11. Priceline Groceries and Gas (2000)

12. PointCast Network (1996)

13. IBM PCjr. (1984)

14. Gateway 2000 10th Anniversary PC (1995)

15. Iomega Zip Drive (1998)

16. Comet Systems Comet Cursor (1997)

17. Apple Macintosh Portable (1989)

18. IBM Deskstar 75GXP (2000)

19. OQO Model 1 (2004)

20. DigitalConvergence CueCat (2000)

21. Eyetop Wearable DVD Player (2004)

22. Apple Pippin @World (1996)

23. Free PCs (1999)

24. DigiScents iSmell (2001)

25. Sharp RD3D Notebook (2004)

(Dis)Honorable Mention

Apple Newton MessagePad (1994)

Apple Puck Mouse (1998)

Apple Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh (1997)

Circuit City DiVX DVDs (1998)

Concord Eye-Q Go Wireless Digital Camera (2004)

Dell SL320i (1993)

Motorola Rokr E1 (2005)

3Com Audrey (1999)

Timex Data Link Watch (1995)

WebTV (1995)

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