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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These guys took the concept of offshore outsourcing a little too literally. Entrepreneurs David Cook and Roger Green in 2005 purportedly launched an outfit called SeaCode that would offer outsourced application development services from a boat moored off the California coast. The idea was to hire Indian workers who wouldn't be subject to U.S. immigration or minimum wage laws because the ship would literally be offshore. But after an initial press release, nothing much was ever heard from SeaCode, and many dismissed the initiative as a hoax -- though a website for the project remains online.
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.