CIO Magazine's "Dearly Departed" -- Companies we miss
BUT -- make sure you find (and click) the "Print" button to format this -- otherwise, it's 20 pages of tiny entries surrounded by adds.
DEC, Tandem, Apollo, Borland, Amiga, Commodore, even Ashton-Tate and Lotus are here.
The companies that made computing what it is today -- then died.
July 26th, 2007 11:13am
Cause of Death: Death of CEO
I never knew that -- all I knew was that they just went away.
July 26th, 2007 12:57pm
SGI. They did some good work.
son of parnas
July 26th, 2007 1:04pm
Quarterdeck was good.
I remember running DESQview on my 286 and being able to do limited multitasking. It was extremely impressive software.
July 26th, 2007 1:16pm
QUEMM-386 got you tons of memory back in the DOS days.
Worked like 97.3% of the time on various machines (usually NOT on Packard Bell computers)
July 26th, 2007 3:22pm
Ah, those were the days, messing with multiple tools to get the most memory... Some drivers could go in Extended Memory, some were written for Expanded Memory. Most things worked better if you used QEMM to load them, but every now and then you'd have to use the DOS equivalent.
July 26th, 2007 3:56pm
I'm going to disagree on the Borland one. My opinion is that the demise happened when MS hired away almost the entire tools team. They had to move to ALM because that was all that was left working there.
The demise of Lotus was more caused by Office having several apps bundled together. Lotus never integrated Ami Pro with 123 (until after I stopped paying attention, I think).
Notes could have kept Lotus in business, but no one had an elevator pitch what it could do, and the "building apps with outlook" books had sample workflow apps that were about 5 years behind Notes. Also, Lotus only wanted to sell to huge companies, and the dev tools were priced out of reach of most folks, until the mid 90s, by the time it was too late.
July 26th, 2007 8:29pm
Yup, it's hard to keep Borland together when Anders Hjelberg is hired away with a multi-million dollar bonus to Microsoft.
And I remember those times of "Office Suite Wars", which were ultimately won by Office 97. You had Lotus, you had WordPerfect, a distant third you had WordStar. Scary times -- you wanted to back the right horse, because employment opportunities could depend on which suite you were comfortable with.
July 27th, 2007 11:02am