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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  • Company: Poqet Computer
  • Born: 1988
  • Died: 1994 (purchased by Fujitsu)
  • Cause of Death: Ahead of its time
  • Founders: Ian Cullimore, John Fairbanks, Leroy Harper, Shinpei Ichikawa, Stav Prodromou
  • Most well-known product(s): Poqet PC
  • Why we miss them: A 1-pound IBM PC/XT compatible-what's not to miss! The computer was the size of a videocassette, ran MS-DOS, and included a modem.
  • Lasting image/quote: "If this Microsoft Windows thing doesn't pan out, the Poqet will rule the world... -PC Magazine

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