Welcome back to our rogue's gallery of computer industry flops, frauds and foibles. In this installment, we're pleased to present ten more exhibits, from Y2K to the Pentium Bug, that prove the best laid plans of mice and men don't just go awry -- they lead straight to the IT Hall of Shame.
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To Be, or not to Be? The answer, unfortunately for the founders of Be Inc., was the latter. Be introduced the BeBox PC and BeOS operating system in 1995 with an eye to competing with Apple in the graphics workstation market. But just two years later, the BeBox was off the market. It turns out not too many users wanted a computer for which there were almost no native applications. Be Inc. was eventually swallowed up by Palm, although BeOS is still maintained and updated by a small group of loyal users.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.