C|Net has released its list of the top 10 digital products of the last 10 years. I went 7 for 10, having owned or used all but three.
Here’s the list, with my take:
1) iPod– I’ve never owned or used the device C|Net proclaims the best ever. The file limitations and DRM are more than I am willing to deal with. If you consider iPods to be the representative of MP3 players in general, however, I can’t argue with a high ranking. I’ve used several Creative products, including the small MuVo, which remains my MP3 player of choice.
2) TIVO– My TIVO deathwatch demonstrates my love of this technology. TIVO is dying a sad death at the hands of DirecTV and the Hollywood cartel, but I would nevertheless put it number 1 on my list.
3) Google– Google changed the web and the world, for the better. No argument here. I use it several times a day.
4) Napster– The original incarnation, not the DRM infested current imposter, ushered in the age of P2P. It was revolutionary technology that worked…until the RIAA killed it.
5) Firefox– I use Firefox some. In fact, I’m using it right now. But top 10 all-time? You’ve got to be kidding me.
6) PalmPilot– I’m a Blackberry guy, but I’ve used PalmPilots and they are very intuitive and useful.
7) Motorola Startac– I used one for years. I’m over the flip phone now, but it sure was a vast improvement over the corded monster in my truck that it replaced.
8) Apple iMac– Here’s a confession: I haven’t used an Apple computer since the 80s. It looks cool and may be the greatest thing ever, but I wouldn’t know.
9) Sony Digital Mavica– I had (actually still have) one of these. It takes digital photos directly onto a floppy disk! A great digital camera at the time.
10) The Sims– I played this game a little bit. It was cool, but not as cool as Sim City or Sim Farm, and definitely not one of my big four games.