2009 – A Year In Tech: Worst Tech Products

As we all know, the economic climate in 2009 was a bit shaky. Despite that, it was a great year for technology. However, as there were several winners- hello Microsoft!- there were also losers who, in my opinion, produced products that are not short of a disgrace! Here are the most eminent worst products of the year 2009:

Linux Fedora 12:


Let’s face it, 2009 was all about new operating systems; Apple continued its winning ways with the OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), which was described as the most beautiful consumer-oriented OS available anywhere. Microsoft was able to clean up the mess of Vista and made one of the most successful tech launches this decade with the business-saving Windows 7. Linux, on the other hand, had only Fedora 12 to offer, an OS with minimal new features that are not the least bit close to its Apple and Microsoft competitors, and, as a result and as usual, Linux could not grow any kind of market share or consumers support and continued to be nothing but an OS for the open source fanatics.

Wolfram Alpha:


For those of you who do not know what that is, Wolfram Alpha is a search engine developed by Wolfram Research that was released to the public on May last year. Ever since it was announced last March, much hype has gone about it and how it could be the black horse that would give Google and Bing a hard time. Well, it simply wasn’t, isn’t, and won’t be! It cannot be even classified as a search engine! It is an online service that answers queries computing the answer from structured data, rather than providing a list of documents or web pages that might contain the answer as a search engine would. In the end, all it was about was just the hype, with so little importance for just about everyone.

Note: to get an idea of what I am saying, type “Google” in the search field on the Web site.

iCarta iPod Dock:


I really could not believe my eyes when I saw this. An iPod dock with a toilet papers holder? Really? Maybe I am wrong but I do not believe that it is a necessary to listen to music or talk on the phone while you are… “doing it”, what if your precious device falls in the toilet?! Reading the features alone is actually a joke: 4 integrated high performance moisture-free speakers deliver exceptional

clarity and high quality sound! Honestly?! Glad they thought about moisture! This definitely has got to be the most disgusting thing ever created, or at least it comes high in that list.

Google Wave:


And the winner is… Google Wave! When first announced at the Google I/O developer conference in the spring, Google Wave became such a hot topic that made people claim it would replace email. The hype increased even more in the fall when Google’s policy of making the Beta available via invitation-only caused a feeding frenzy on social networks for people begging for Google Wave invitations. Google Wave remained a trending topic on Twitter for more than three months. However, after Google provided more invitations in November, it all went silent; no one talked about Google Wave, no one asked for invitations, and Google Wave stopped being a trending topic on Twitter. The reason behind this is simple; people realized the truth about Google Wave. It does not combine the best of the email and IM worlds, it is not very useful, and it definitely will not replace email. It is just a fancy IM client that is too noisy. And as Robert Scoble predicted, Google Wave did crash hard onto the beach of overhype. And for that, I believe it is the worst tech product of 2009.

Again, let me know your opinions. Of course I am pretty sure many people will not agree with me on Linux Fedora! I just happen to know too many open source enthusiasts! Sorry people, it is the truth, face it!!!

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