Tagged: failure

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When In Doubt, Reboot

Some folks just “get” computers and some folks don’t. I’m not entirely sure why that’s the case. To some extent, it seems to be a function of age, but that;s far from universal. I...

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Microsoft’s Biggest Failures

Last week, I highlighted Apple’s biggest failures. Now I want to move north to Redmond, Washington, to the other Titan of Technology, Microsoft. Like Apple, the company has had it’s share of fiascos. Let’s...

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Apple’s Biggest Failures

Apple Inc. is one of the most successful companies in history, but they’ve certainly had their share of failures. From the earliest days with Jobs and Woz, to 1990s Dark Ages, to rise of...

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The Ghosts of Microsoft Bob

In the early 1990s, Microsoft tried making a computer interface that looked like a house. The program was called Microsoft Bob and featured a yellow smiley face logo with Bill Gates glasses. All your...

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Student Government Fiascoes

Back when I was in student government, our biggest problem was apathy. It was hard enough getting people to know that we existed. It was even harder to get them to care. That’s why...

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Marketing Gimmicks That Need to End

Having worked in marketing for a number of years, I keep seeing the same mistakes made over and over. When it comes to gimmicks, some approaches have stood the test of time, like the...

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The Picture Frame: Story of a Fiasco

Sometimes a simple project can turn into a complete fiasco. The project? To frame a flag. My dad had acquired a yellow “Don’t Tread on Me” flag, and he wanted to put it in...

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Candy from Strangers

We had problems in the Academic Assembly. Many problems, in fact. It was student government, after all. We were there to solve problems. But we couldn’t seem to solve our biggest problem of all:...

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Rebranding Failures

You don’t own your brand. This is something that a lot of companies forget. You see, branding is meant to appeal to people on a primeval level. Modern corporations use brands and logos the...

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R.I.P. Borders Books & Music

I went to Borders the other day, during their “closing sale”, only to find it in such a sorry state that I couldn’t stay. The store was technically still in business, but it was...