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Friday Feedback: What is the worst tech gear you’ve ever bought?

Posted in Gadgets, Request for Comments, Technology by engtech on August 04, 2006

We’ve all done it. Whipped out the plastic in the heat of the moment without doing the proper research, and then kicked ourselves for months afterwards as problem after problem reared it’s ugly head. You tell me yours, and then I’ll tell you mine. Here’s a hint: it involved BestBuy, Boxing Day and not realizing that Compaq and HP are the same company now.

Leave a comment with your horror story of the one piece of tech equipment you wish you’d never laid eyes upon, much less paid cash for. No registration is necessary to leave a comment, just put whatever username/email address you want.

If this goes well, I’ll be repeating the process every second friday with a new question. See the comments on this post at some time in the next 24 hours for my horror story.

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  1. Matt Foxtrot said, on August 04, 2006 at 8:53 pm

    Well, I don’t know if software qualifies or not – but if it does then without a dout: Windows ME. Oy! That thing was the source of so many headcahces for a year or better.

    If we’re only talking hardware – then probably this rediculous excuse for a Video Interface Card from Pinnacle Systems. The hardware wasn’t compatible with the drivers, the analog breakout box (for connecting an analog camera as opposed to a digital one wth a Firewire output) didn’t work half the time, and it’s interface wasn’t stable.

  2. engtech said, on August 04, 2006 at 9:28 pm

    I was thinking of hardware/gadgets only, but Windows ME was so horrible that it defintely deserves mention.

  3. Bozford said, on August 05, 2006 at 8:55 pm

    This happened at work, but still applies.

    We wanted a VMWare workstation that did 64bit. So my boss did the “logical” thing and bought a Dell with 64bit Duo.

    Turns out it’s not on the supported list for VMWare 64bit VMs. :(

    Talk about a downer.

    In nearly every other respect, it’s great though.

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