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The Most Famous Tech and Gadget Battles of all Time [Infographic]

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  • Published 01/11/12

Comments (5)

  1. Jonathan R

    I don’t really see how the LaserDisc could be considered competition to the DVD. The LaserDisc came out in the freakin’ 70’s for one thing, and throughout it’s entire lifespan it was a niche product. I don’t think it ever had more than a 2% market share and no one ever really considered it competition to DVD. They aren’t even especially similar formats. It’s much more accurate to make that battle the DVD vs VHS, since the VHS was prolific before DVD came around and somewhere between 5 and 10 years of VHS later, the whole concept became largely in existent, and that’s in spite of the fact that DVDs weren’t a recordable medium until later on and even then required hardware that wouldn’t be cheap until significantly later than that.

    But I guess you had to do something with that snazzy little disc stomping image.

  2. Treguard

    I’m not sure I agree with the Genesis/MegaDrive v. SNES part. If it were Sega v. Nintendo then fine, but the battle is between the consoles. There was no clear winner on that front.

  3. Fred

    You forget

    Westinghouse vs Edison (alternating vs direct current)
    CBS vs NBC tv (mechanical device vs “compatible” color TV)
    steam vs gasoline engines
    PC vs Apple (IBM vs Apple Corp)
    cold filament vs transistor

    and many more…

  4. Anonymous

    I saw nothing about the most infamous tech battle of all!

    Microsoft vs. Apple

    I realize this issue is still ongoing, but it’s a “battle” none the less. Microsoft could even be depicted as the overshadowing bully here too. Or is that can or worms (still) too big to open?

    If so then how about Apple versus everyone’s right to a GUI?

    Remember the 80’s? I remember that within certain geek cliques Apple’s attempt to corner the GUI was a huge concern where Apple even sued nearly anyone who offered a “point and click” interface. Apple mistakenly thought that because they invented “the mouse” (also not entirely true) that there was no other reason to offer a GUI. And never mind that Apple as well as Microsoft took the GUI idea from Xerox either. (GUI won here, by the way.)

  5. rangerevo8

    Does VCD ever existed? @@

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