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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Commanded out of existence

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  • Company: Digital Equipment Corp.
  • Born: 1957
  • Died: 1998 (merger with Compaq)
  • Cause of Death: Ken Olsen
  • Founder: Ken Olsen
  • Most well-known product(s): PDP and VAX minicomputers
  • Why we miss them: Legendary reliability and innovation. DEC systems created gods of the command line.
  • Lasting image/quote: "There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home." -Ken Olsen, 1977

But to be fair, read this Snopes article about the quote: http://www.snopes.com/quotes/kenolsen.asp

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