Stories by Dan Tynan

10 technologies that should be extinct (but aren't)

Got an urgent message you need to transmit immediately? Sending a telegram is likely not the first option that comes to mind. And when it's time to boogie down, you probably don't shove a cassette into your 8-track player or slap an LP onto your phon...

10 things the net has ruined and five things it hasn't

For some people, the internet is the killer app -- literally. From newspapers and the yellow pages to personal privacy and personal contact, the net has been accused of murdering, eviscerating, ruining, and obliterating more things than the Amazing H...

The 10 Stupidest Tech Company Blunders

Some of the biggest high-tech deals never happened. Some of the most promising products and services never came to be. Why? Because the people and companies involved didn't realize what they were letting slip through their fingers, or they simply cou...

Bill Gates: 10 memorable moments

For more than 30 years he has roamed among us, a strange hybrid of Napoleon Dynamite and Vlad the Impaler. Nerdy yet ruthless, brilliant yet hobbled by blind spots regarding his company's failings, Bill Gates leaves an indelible mark on everything di...

Living with Vista: the first 30 days

Last February, Bryce Parkhurst brought home a new Toshiba Satellite notebook with Vista Home Basic installed. The 33-year-old bought the PC to enjoy music, but it soon hit sour notes. Everything seemed to run a little slower under the new operating s...

15 worst products of all time

At PC World, we spend most of our time talking about products that make your life easier or your work more productive. But it's the lousy ones that linger in our memory long after their shrinkwrap has shrivelled.

The 25 worst tech products of all time

At PC World, we spend most of our time talking about products that make your life easier or your work more productive. But it's the lousy ones that linger in our memory long after their shrinkwrap has shriveled, and that make tech editors cry out, "W...

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