This time of year we’re supposed to give thanks for our blessings. Sometimes one of the things we’re thankful for is the technology nightmares we no longer have to deal with.  What’s the biggest tech turkey of all time? Place your vote.


In the United States, this week is Thanksgiving. It’s the time of year when we eat even more than we normally do and are supposed to be thankful for the blessings of the previous year. There are plenty of things to be thankful for, even in a down economy.

From a technology standpoint, there are also things to be thankful for. New technologies appear that make our jobs easier. Hardware becomes faster. Software becomes more useful. Users slowly become more intelligent and need less hand-holding. Of course, I could be confusing the list of things we should be thankful for with a Christmas wish list.

When you look back at the way computers used to work, there’s certainly plenty to be thankful for. We don’t have to deal with DIP switches when we’re installing new components. We don’t have to deal with running out of lower 640K RAM. We don’t have to explain to users that they can’t use magnets to clip floppy disks to filing cabinets.

We should also be thankful about the bad technology that has thankfully wound up on the ash heap of history. There’s lots of loser technology that we’ve been forced to support, deal with, and fix. Think ArcNet, or ThinNet Ethernet, or AppleTalk, or NetBEUI. Track-fed printer paper with the detachable borders that invariably wound up getting wrapped around the tractor feed are no longer an issue either.

Turkeys with all the dressing

What do you think is the biggest tech turkey of all time? There have been so many losers that it’s sometimes hard to pick. I’ve narrowed it down to a select few. As always though, feel free to name your own in Comments.