Modern Software Experience

2009-12-28

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Most Massive Fail: Zune 30 GB

Every single one of the original Zunes, the Zune 30 GB model, failed on 2008 Dec 31. Zuneageddon! Just because 2008 Dec 31 is the 366th day of a leap year.

Worst product: Snuggie

A blanket with sleeves. Enough said.

Longest Production Delay in Software History: Duke Nukem Forever

Development on Duke Nukem Forever halted, so the infamously delayed Duke Nukem If Ever now seems to be Duke Nukem Neverever.

Best Audio Player: Songbird

Free and open source multi-platform audio player runs on Windows, MacOS and Linux. Plays almost everything, including DRM-burdened formats such as WMA and AAC. Easy to use interface similar to iTunes.

Best video Player: VLC Media Player

Cross-platform free open source media player for Windows, MacOS, BSD, Linux and more. Simple to use. Plays almost everything, not just audio CDs and DVDs, but video CDs as well. Support streaming protocols and many file formats, including MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, DivX, MPEG-1, mp3, Ogg Vorbis, AAC and more.

Best disc burner: ImgBurn

Small. Fast. Easy to use. Free. Supports many disc image formats, including BIN, CUE, DI, DVD, GI, IMG, ISO, MDS, NRG and PDI.

Worst e-book reader: Amazon Kindle

There is a lot wrong with the kindle that makes it an owner-unfriendly choice already, but deleting George Orwell’s 1984 from the kindles of their customers made it very clear that you cannot entrust Amazon hardware with your digital library.

Worst Product Marketing: Palm

The Palm Pre may be a good product, but is hampered by one of the least technology-savvy and most reality-challenged marketing departments in the world.
You don’t know what a Palm Pre is? You have not heard about it before, let alone seen one? Quod erat demonstantum.

Most Disappointing Upgrade: Internet Explorer 8

After all the noise Microsoft made about improvements, it is rather disappointing to not that Internet Explorer 8 still does not support modern web standards. XHTML is more than ten years old now, so Internet Explorer is literally a decade behind the times.

Best Internet Explorer plug-in: Chrome Frame

Its is better to switch to a web browser, but thanks to Chrome Frame, even Internet Explorer can have web standards support.

Best new Firefox plug-in: AppTabs

AppTabs pins favicon-sized tabs to the left size of the tab bar, as planned for Firefox 4.0 and done in Google Chrome on Chrome OS.

Most Interesting New WebApp: Google Wave

The demo is better than the current preview, but it is a product with potential. Go check it out.

Worst Twitter app: Twitterfeed

A product for link-spamming twitter. Marketroids love it.

Best Social Bookmarking Site: Diigo

Diigo is a social bookmarking site with groups, RSS feeds and lists. There is a diigo toolbar, and diigo does without an URL shortener that annoys by framing the target page.

Best FTP application: FireFTP

FileZilla is nice, but FireFTP, the FTP add-on for Firefox is all I really need.

Dumbest Photoshop: Microsoft Poland

Microsoft Poland clumsily replaced a black man in a photo on the English site with a white man on the Polish site. It did not take long for people to notice and create a torrent of criticism, ridicule and spoofs.

Best YouTube Video: The Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody

The Muppets perform their adaptation of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody in glorious high definition.

updates

2011-04-24: App Tabs

The link for the App Tabs add-on is broken, and has been removed. Firefox supports app tabs natively now.

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