IT professionals are a nostalgic bunch. Anyone who has been in IT for more than a few years has fond memories of a company that used to stand out, but either imploded, faded out, or was dominated by another giant. Some of these old companies still exist as a shadow of their former selves, others are completely out of business, and some ended up being acquired. You can almost figure out the age of an IT pro by the company that they miss the most in the “technically superior, but still lost in the market” category.


Disclosure of Justin’s industry affiliations: Justin James has a working arrangement with Microsoft to write an article for MSDN Magazine. He also has a contract with Spiceworks to write product buying guides.