"dead tech products 6) cc:Mail – desktop email
Cause of death: internal and Internet competition
"When LANs were still a new thing, the dominant email system
that was used on them was cc:Mail. At its height more than 2
million desktops were using the system. Lotus Development acquired
the company in 1991 and the final version was released in 2000.
They were an odd fit for Lotus and Notes/Domino, and never were
integrated into their culture. And as the Internet took on more
importance, and Microsoft put resources into Exchange, corporate
email systems moved away from cc:Mail to other options. dead tech
"10) Digital Equipment Corp. PDP-11 minicomputers
Cause of death: PCs
"Perhaps no other computer maker had a more iconic and
identifiable computer than DEC's PDP11. I learned how to program on
one in graduate school back in the late 1970s, and they were found
at universities and research labs around the world. I came across
one not too long ago sitting in a friend's backyard and used as the
repository for his gardening tools. About the size of
refrigerators, they were 16-bit CPUs and had shared memory
architectures and were built to last.
"21) Santa Cruz Organization SCO Unix/Xenix – operating
Cause of death: corporate malfeasance
"Before there was Linux there was Unix and the company that
brought Unix to more desktops than anyone else was SCO. Prior to
SCO, the major Unix vendors were either AT&T or minicomputer
hardware vendors. The first versions were quirky affairs and
required lots of care and feeding, but once they were setup they
ran forever. SCO sold the rights to Unix in 2001 to Caldera
Systems, a company that was founded by Ray Noorda, who made his
fortune with Novell, and that began a protracted legal battle with
just about everyone else in the Unix universe."
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