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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Tech Tidbit: "Epic Fail"

The term "Epic Fail" is geek speak for a highly anticipated event or product launch that fails to live up to expectations.

You'd like an example? Sure!

Mozilla, maker of the popular Firefox web browser, experienced an epic fail a couple of months ago when it released Firefox 3. Mozilla heavily publicized Firefox 3 Download Day as an attempt to break the world record for the most downloaded software in a 24-hour period. However, when the time came Mozilla's servers couldn't handle the traffic and millions of geeks found themselves either staring at a blank screen or rerouted to the Firefox 2 download page. EPIC FAIL.

Luckily, Mozilla got its act together in time and broke the record -over 8 million downloads!

Joe Says: Unless you're a consumer electronics giant (like Apple) or a loved and respected open source software company (like Mozilla), avoid pulling an epic fail at all costs.

This is Joe, signing off.

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