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Old December 21st, 2012, 11:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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old memories of past computing mistakes we all can look back upon and laugh. here's the Not Top Three from my experience:



BonziBuddy, that little purple gorilla that harbored a nasty little Trojan horse and changed your search provider, told bad jokes, and reminded everyone of another failing, Microsoft Office 97's Clippy the Office Assistant, both which used Microsoft Agent (Actor in older builds). remnants of Microsoft Bob resurfacing as well as failing again



Microsoft Bob, a nice try with making a simple yet dumbed down user interface for days when folks were shy about using a computer (my how times have changed!). if you look closely, Fido, the little dog Assistant in this screencap looks an awful lot like the little search companion in Windows XP. also a very old preview of another future annoyance found in Office 97



America Online, or should I say OFF line, or AOHell, as this became our de-facto service when Prodigy went belly up. although it was my first foray into chat and IM online, then a cool feature, the service got so bogged down that for at least a year, every user got busy signals or disconnected after a few minutes. cancelling was a royal PITA, and I am not sure how much environmental damage was caused by their often discarded discs sent in almost any mailing.
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AOL was pretty bad
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I for one thank the fates for Broadband finally ridding us all of the dial-up modem noise we all had to sit through
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Heh.. I remember Bonzi Buddy..LOL.


Another one is Gator....I remember seeing this on quite a few PCs. Was usually included with P2P software, like Kazaa.
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Sony's Sonic Stage, probably the worse, clunkiest, most unreliable music management software ever created. And if you bought a Walkman ATRAC PMP, you had to use SS.
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Couple more nominanations....
MS-DOS 4.0 and Windows ME...for time wasted trying to get things to work properly.
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MS-DOS 4.0 and Windows ME...for time wasted trying to get things to work properly.
I don't know, DOS was pretty cool: Wolf3D, Raptor: Call of the Shadows, DOOM.....
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I don't know, DOS was pretty cool: Wolf3D, Raptor: Call of the Shadows, DOOM.....
DOS itself is very cool. Love all those games myself, like Hexen, Monkey Island, Duke Nukem. However it was MS-DOS 4.0, a bloated, buggy, unreliable thing, compared to the very reliable 3.3. 4.1 was OK though. From what I remember in my early days of PCs, MS-DOS 6.0 was rather flaky as well. It's something that made me rather suspicious of x.O(whatever dot ZERO) releases of anything now, I tend to wait for the x.1 release, so to speak.

I could never understand why Windows ME was so bad in my experience and from what I read, unstable, BSODs, etc. It followed Windows 98 and shouldn't have really been much different, apart from improvements and enhancements. BTW Windows ME(Millennium Edition), which is Win 9.x, not to be confused with Windows 2000, which is NT based.
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I loved DOS! And some of the coolest games ever required it to run (Quake, Doom, Wolfenstein, Descent, Duke Nukem etc. etc. etc.).

Worst software in the world? That's easy: McAfee, Norton, and iTunes.
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Netscape Navigator was epically terrible.
AOL comes in a very close second.
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I remember the MSN explorer. Man i hated that! and Web TV. haha that thing was so slow, and i dont think it was all because of the connection!
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What ever happened to all those AO-hell CDs that someone was collecting and planning on shipping back to AOL?

Didn't like MSN, either. I did use Netscape until Opera came out. I bought that. I liked Eudora, too.

Bob was one of the stupidest ideas. You can add Clippie to that. I also resented the fact that a lot of programs depended on the computer having IE to install. I wound up buying programs that didn't need IE. Adobe didn't. Corel didn't. Macromedia didn't.

I hate any noises the computer makes. I turn off all sound files.

I remember Word in DOS. I also remember WordPerfect in DOS. WordPerfect 6 for DOS had a GUI that was easy to deal with. You could do page layout in it.

Publisher was another joke. Office was trying to set up a web site and the writer was having an awful job with Publisher. It didn't conform to any professional product. I finally asked for Adobe Illustrator and did page layout in that much to the webmaster's delight.

I liked 98SE. You could customize it. Hate the windows splash screen? Mine had a picture of my cat's back end with a rather nasty saying. All MS screens were replaced. Found a program called 98 Lite - it was a shell that canned IE entirely.

I think ME was deemed to be lousy as it was a bridge between 98 and 2000. The same with Vista. Some stuff just didn't work with Vista no matter who patched it.
The same people with the same software weren't as down on 7.

I suppose that if you used the computer the way MS wanted you to, you didn't have a problem. I don't think it dawned on MS that anyone would see things differently.

I had one of the first computer programmable sewing machines in town. The usual question from a tech was "you want to do WHAT with WHAT?" It was a kludgey thing but it did work. Right after that you could program other tools from a computer for home use. Stuff worked in 98 - ME had a problem with these extras. 2K, stuff worked again. Vista had a problem. Vista more so than ME, since more people were using the design type software and complaining very loudly about it not working.





I was told by the tech I had a rather rude computer.
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I had a love for dos 6.2 and enjoyed win 9.x until me came out. I didn't much care for Linux in the old days as it was to much work to achieve the same things you could do with windows. Looking back the problem wasn't so much Linux as it was my willingness to learn a new OS. Windows 2000 was great and XP when it first arrived was good but then it stayed forever and got boring. I decided that a learning curve with Linux won't be so bad so I dove into duel booting then started using cross platform programs such as firefox, and vlc. Vista finally arrived and what a POS that was. Of course I was using more cross platform programs and less of windows. Then windows 7 came to the rescue for MS but really it was all to late for me. I enjoyed that it was more stable than its foundation of Windows Vista but it wasn't enough. I finally had enough of MS and their BS Software. I got tired of paying for this and for that just to use my computer. I would need anti-virus, anti-spyware, malware, and lot's of maintenance to keep the system running smoothly. I finally took the plunge and went Windowless and man has it been the best decision I have made. With all the bugs and all the anti-this and that and then the other money grubbing software's that you forked your hard earned cash into just makes the whole Windows experience bad for me. While I learned a lot about computing from Windows my real lesson came when I started learning Linux. Windows is great for the occasional user but for the more Power Hungry users then Linux is the way to go.

So Worse software ever hands down Windows.
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Apple's System 6 *shudder* was an exercise in masochism. Early distro's of Linux were "fun", but there wasn't much you could do with them other than patch, tweak and configure it and then look at it.

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Real Player back in the day & Adobe Reader

Edit: I don't know how I forgot to mention IE 6 and its poor CSS implementation. The day it was decided we no longer had to worry about IE 6 at work was a good day for me.
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Be careful knocking Netscape since it used the Mozilla engine like our beloved Firefox is built upon!

Windows ME was sold as an upgrade when in reality it was just a reskinned Windows 98 with stuff removed to make it boot faster which caused more problems than it was worth. It also included buggy beta versions of what Windows XP later got right (system restore, automatic updates, etc)

Apple's older system software with the lacking memory protection ahh! Everytime it crashed you were forced to reboot no matter what. No wonder they give it away free now

Another nomination is SoftRAM95
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I could be wrong but I think I remember reading some years ago that Mozilla decided that the Netscape Navigator code was so bad that they pretty much ended up building a new engine from scratch.
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Novell Netware, back in the day this was pretty much the only way of networking. Their own buggy, crippled, proprietary version of DOS as a bootloader. It could easily take an hour to network two PC's, imagine 200. About the only market leader that I thank Micro$oft for killing.
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America Online, or should I say OFF line, or AOHell, as this became our de-facto service when Prodigy went belly up. although it was my first foray into chat and IM online, then a cool feature, the service got so bogged down that for at least a year, every user got busy signals or disconnected after a few minutes. cancelling was a royal PITA, and I am not sure how much environmental damage was caused by their often discarded discs sent in almost any mailing.
LOL . . . to clarify, there was a program called AOLHell. AOL hates this program because you could use it to raise hell on AOL. You could, for example, IM Bomb others, kick people off AOL, bust into chat rooms, text scroll naughty things and spoof other users.

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LOL . . . to clarify, there was a program called AOLHell. AOL hates this program because you could use it to raise hell on AOL. You could, for example, IM Bomb others, kick people off AOL, bust into chat rooms, text scroll naughty things and spoof other users.

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I actually know that program quite well, err, from reading about it. Yeah that's my story and I'm sticking with it.
haha sure! remember the yahoo booters? lol i never used them ether
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In 1998 my last year of high school their library digitized their card catalog with ancient monochrome 8088 XT machines running a dumb terminal client from the 'Intranet' (localized cloud off a server so it network booted, no hard drive) and they told us NEVER UNPLUG THE TOKEN RING as it would bring the entire network down and take hours to bring it back up again. Needless to say we had fun unplugging that cable from the card catalog computer often; for hours all youd see would be endless scrolling Novell Netware gibberish
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I got disgusted when MS said you only "rented XP" and they had the right to control.

That's when it went offline. What MS can't find, they can't mess with. I had a tech do any service packs. I skipped updates after I saw that most of them patched IE, Office, etc. I refused to use any of MS other stuff. I got totally annoyed at IE when it was version 4 and haven't run it since.

Now Ubuntu wants to integrate Amazon into everything. I simply don't want anything integrated. At least you can get rid of it.

The worst piece of Software in my book is Quicktime. That damn program used to grab every photo, video, and sound file as default. If I'm using Photoshop, why do I want Quicktime as the default? We had professional sound editing software at work and I had to go back and reassociate all the sound files back to Soundforge Pro.

BTW - Novell had Wordperfect at one time then sold it to Corel. Around 8 Corel put out a Linux edition.
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OMG, I had completely forgotten about LANtastic, another one of my "favorite" lan setups from days gone by. A very small step up from WFW 3.11.
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I've not seen that at all when running Ubuntu. Wonder if it's a regional thing, something that happens in the US. Wouldn' be much point in having Amazon integration when one is in China.
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Of course that was back in the day when most of us only had 56k dial-up modems. I frequently see buffering now on non-Chinese streaming websites.
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Of course that was back in the day when most of us only had 56k dial-up modems. I frequently see buffering now on non-Chinese streaming websites.
56k? I remember when I bought a 1200 baud and couldn't find a BBS to dial into without falling back to 300, it's rough staying on the "bleeding" edge.
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iTunes. Yeah, I said it.
Apple software in general is like a parasite on windows computers. You download iTunes, and next thing you know, you've got QuickTime, Safari, and possibly more apple programs. They also seem to bog down any PC they're installed on. I might be a little biased though.
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I remember when I bought a 1200 baud and couldn't find a BBS to dial into without falling back to 300, it's rough staying on the "bleeding" edge.
I had a 1200 baud modem also with Tandy F1200 Laptop, only 2 floppy drives. I was using Compusa and then Prodigy.
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12.10 - How can I remove Amazon search results from the dash? - Ask Ubuntu

If you use Dash, you get Amazon. What's his name wants to really monetize.
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Yeah and they got really bad with bundling third party applications with their installer. Whenever I see that now with other software it always reminds me of Real Player.
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GeoWorks was a Dos shell prior to workgroups. I have a friend that had it installed and then relied on me to fix her stuff. It was near impossible to drop to Dos and the on-board tools were a complete joke.

If you thought AOL was bad, did you ever try Sierra's wannabe online service?

Early software that worked well considering they were Dos scripts. Commo.. an early BBS communication software and EzReader.. a .qwk reader.
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If you use Dash, you get Amazon. What's his name wants to really monetize.
Of course he does, after all it costs real money to develop, support, host and maintain something he's giving away for free. AFAIK Dash is proprietary to Canonical distros, like Ubuntu and Kubuntu.

Ever noticed how the browser's default home/search page is branded and customised as well, whether it's Yahoo, Bing or Google. Canonical get's paid by the search and advertising companies, to bring you Ubuntu users to their sites. And if Bing is paying more than Google, Bing is made the default search. Same with Linux Mint.
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Windows 95 et seq. After the deployment of the registry what was left was an unstable Apple/Mac. Looks more and more like those of us that went IBM made the wrong choice. Linux is too limited in the commercial application world. If all I did was email, games and office apps I'd definitely be in Linux.
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Of course he does, after all it costs real money to develop, support, host and maintain something he's giving away for free. AFAIK Dash is proprietary to Canonical distros, like Ubuntu and Kubuntu.

Ever noticed how the browser's default home/search page is branded and customised as well, whether it's Yahoo, Bing or Google. Canonical get's paid by the search and advertising companies, to bring you Ubuntu users to their sites. And if Bing is paying more than Google, Bing is made the default search. Same with Linux Mint.
Mine isn't on XP. Bing's in the Hosts file, I use Iron rather than Google, also Opera. I search using Duck Duck Go. I've got Startpage and Duck on the phone, too. There's Dogpile and IXquick. I use FX ESR. I have FX and TB ESR on Ubuntu, too. Dash got deleted. I don't use a home page. I use about:blank
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Please don't flame me, this might be a little close to the bone, cupcake was really bad.
Here's one that's very close to home....

Airpush....almost as bad as Bonzi Buddy and Gator?
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Airpush unlike BonziBuddy and Gator are easier to detect and remove though

I never used Android Cupcake but I did start with Android Eclair--lets just say it wasn't my preferred way to b introduced to the Android OS

and lets just say that ICS isn't winning any praise from me with the addition of these useless annoying dialogs

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I for one thank the fates for Broadband finally ridding us all of the dial-up modem noise we all had to sit through
WHAT noise?

Okay, I'm being a smartass. Did you seriously not know that you could mute the modem's screeching sound by sending appropriate signals to it? Granted, I'm a UNIX/Linux person, but surely this was possible in the DOS/windoze world, too, right?
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Probably Windows ME. The hurting still hasn't gone away from that. The Samsung Behold II was so atrocious it almost turned me off Android before I got my Nexus One.
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WHAT noise?

Okay, I'm being a smartass. Did you seriously not know that you could mute the modem's screeching sound by sending appropriate signals to it? Granted, I'm a UNIX/Linux person, but surely this was possible in the DOS/windoze world, too, right?
Yeh there was. Although I always left the modem negotiation noises on, but quiet. So I could hear if there was a going to be successful connection or not. Rather than just waiting in silence for an eventual successful or unsuccessful connection.
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Navigator wasn't that bad. Seamonkey is its successor. At least Navigator didn't call every freaking thing "MY" I hate "MY" I've changed that bit of nonsense to "yes, master"
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I never used Android Cupcake but I did start with Android Eclair--lets just say it wasn't my preferred way to b introduced to the Android OS

and lets just say that ICS isn't winning any praise from me with the addition of these useless annoying dialogs

Yeh, that can often happen when ICS is running on cheapo underspecced tablets and phones. Thing is ICS and JB actually requires higher specced hardware than Eclair, Froyo or Gingerbread.
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SeaMonkey is my main browser, plus I use its e-mail and newsgroup clients.

I've customized my SeaMonkey so each tab has its own color. There used to be an add-on that did this, I think it was called "Colorful Tabs," but it stopped being developed for SM [and stopped working on newer versions of SM], so I did my own tweaking.
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