This week’s quiz celebrates heroic but misguided efforts by the tech industry
From misjudged product launches to mammoth security blunders, we’ve rounded up our favourite IT bloopers and goofs, in a quiz which will test your understanding of what it is to mess up big-time. At least you will be in company where you literally cannot lose!
A brief history of fail
There’s nothing new in getting things wrong, so we have interspersed recent blunders with classic errors from technology history.
And, while we don’t want to overburden your Friday by getting overly serious, there are a couple of things we can learn from a study of cock-ups.
Firstly, these mistakes were mostly not fatal. Google, Microsoft, Apple and IBM all feature here, but their slip-ups are generally only a minor set-back on a successful trajectory. In fact, you can’t succeed without being prepared to make a few mistakes on the way.
And secondly, a lot of failures were simply too early. “My tech failure of all time would be the Apple Newton,” Gartner vice president Richard Gordon told us. “It was just too far ahead of its time. Years later we have everything it tried to offer, in our pockets.” But how many years ago did Apple make that foray into portable computing? That would be telling!
So explore a world of failure in this quiz. If there is anything we got wrong, do let us know, or if we missed your favourite clunker.
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