Dearly Departed: Companies and Products That Didn't Deserve to Die

Some products just didn't deserve to die. But they did, because the companies made bad business decisions. We revisit several of our favorites--from minicomputers to software utilities--and mourn the best and brightest that died an untimely death.

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The end of an Amazing Story ...

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  • Company: Gould
  • Born: 1884
  • Died: 1988 (non-defense operations sold)
  • Cause of Death: Deteriorating financial condition; sold divisions to raise cash
  • Founder: Charles Gould
  • Most well-known product(s): Gould/SEL superminis
  • Why we miss them: For a time, they built the fastest minicomputer in the world.
  • Lasting image/quote: Their machines created the opening animation for Steven Spielberg's television series "Amazing Stories."

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