re: 10 Epic CES Fails
These are hardly epic fails. Most of your commentary is "iPad is awesome."
The watch was ahead of its time. Imagine what we could do now! They already have watches that can connect to your smart phone, and most people (esp. who would want such a watch) have smart phones.
Netbooks filled a need at the time. People wanted something cheap and portable with great battery life. Laptops of the day were large and only lasted 2-3 hours. The Atom sure was slow, and that's a trade-off that many people grew tired of, but they were popular for a reason. The iPad is only 2 of those things -- portable with long battery. You may notice that netbooks hung on until affordable and finally decent tablets hit the market. That, and they evolved. My Acer 722 with AMD's C-60 processor is everything netbooks should've been.
The industry had been lukewarm to tablets prior to the iPad, and they were all caught flat-footed by the success of the iPad. It's no shocker that the tablets they rushed to market were pretty mediocre at best. But with the advent of tablets like the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7/10, people are finally getting what they wanted all along -- something cheap and portable with great battery life.
Media server was conceived of prior to the cloud. Introduced now, it would be an epic fail, but at the time...
The HP Touchpad and its WebOS was an excellent tablet (from what I hear -- I missed the fire sales) that they gave up on too soon.