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.