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Not all tech products succeed once on the market, and some are killed off with little warning. Flashback looks back at failed tech products to see what we can learn by studying their demises. Hosted by Quinn Nelson and Stephen Hackett.

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Not all tech products succeed once on the market, and some are killed off with little warning. Flashback looks back at failed tech products to see what we can learn by studying their demises. Hosted by Quinn Nelson and Stephen Hackett.

    On PC Clones & The End of the Road for IBM’s Personal Computer Business

    On PC Clones & The End of the Road for IBM’s Personal Computer Business

    IBM quickly lost control of the market it had helped create, going from industry-leader to quietly exiting the personal computer business in just a couple of decades.

    • 38 min
    Later IBM PC Models

    Later IBM PC Models

    The first IBM PC kicked off what would be a line of computers that would be sold through the 1980s. This week, Quinn and Stephen hit the high points of this beige wave.

    • 45 min
    IBM's Search for an Operating System

    IBM's Search for an Operating System

    With its PC built, IBM needed to find an operating system that would run on it. Its choice would change the computer industry forever.

    • 26 min
    Building the Personal Computer

    Building the Personal Computer

    The IBM Personal Computer was developed in a shockingly short period of time. This time, Quinn and Stephen discuss the machine's hardware as well as some of the company's earlier attempts at personal computers.

    • 28 min
    The International Business Machines Corporation

    The International Business Machines Corporation

    This season on Flashback, Quinn and Stephen are covering the rise — and fall — of IBM's PC business, but first: some background on the enormous company that Apple and so many others lived in the shadow of back in the 80s.

    • 45 min
    Windows Vista

    Windows Vista

    The story of Windows Vista is a complicated one. Born from a long and troubled development cycle, it wasn't free of problems at launch, but hardware OEMs and others didn't do much to help its reputation.

    • 48 min

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