Bad Geek Ideas

By Deane Barker on December 30, 2003

The Eight Biggest Tech Flops Ever: I haven’t even heard of half of these: Data Play? Magic Cap? Go?

WebTV: A type of internet appliance that used a TV, instead of a monitor, to display web pages. Initially popular with the tech-averse when it shipped in 1996, Microsoft would buy the company for $425 million a year later. But when sales stalled at around a million users, someone woke up and realized that low-resolution TVs are lousy at displaying emails and web pages. Microsoft has since renamed WebTV MSN TV, but it’s not any better. If you’re reading this on a WebTV – or an MSN TV — I’m sorry for calling your kid ugly, but get yourself a real computer. You’ll like it a whole lot better.