Techvibes Thanksgiving: Top tech turkeys of the past season

by Knowlton Thomas

turkeyCock-a-doodle-doo! Or whatever sound a turkey makes.

It's that time of year again, where the incessant crunching of leaves beneath your boots triggers migraines, and the in-laws drop buy to sloppily devour your food and laugh their merry little jowls off as errant children rampage toward your exotic china collection.

Kidding. In some respects anyway. I can't speak for you, but I think autumn is a very beautiful time of year, and Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to celebrate friends, cherish family, and consume dead birds. It's also a great time to reflect on the turkeys, or "flops," of the past few months.

Apple's new iTunes 10 logo. An iconic icon, the classic iTunes logo was a musical note hovering over a CD. Given that iTunes now sells everything, from TV shows to movies to apps, you'd think a redesign may take away the musical note entirely. Alas, it remains, just in a really stupid format. A musical note inside of a circle, the incredibly uninspired new icon felt the heat of thousands online who wondered, why fix what ain't broke? Apple didn't really comment. Not that they ever do. Next topic.

The Blackberry Torch. It pains me to write this because I have tremendous respect for Research in Motion (actually, Apple as well), and the Torch looks like a great phone. But its sales have been—to understate this—underwhelming. And it runs their new OS 6, which may already be outdated by year's end, as their acquistion of QNX may drive new software for future phones (and their tablet computer, the enterprise-savvy PlayBook).

Digg v4. Can anybody say "oops?" For a textbook example on how to lose traffic and reputation, look no further than Digg's thorough renovation of its website, a failed architectural restructuring that spurred a firestorm of controversy and disappointment. V4, as the new Digg is oft referred to, must have been born out Twitter's fail whale, straight onto the beach. Major turkey.

These are just some of our favourite "tech turkeys" this holiday season. What are yours?


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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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