To choose which service to outsource to, first be sure the marketplace has a track record--some are still selling concepts and vaporware
Despite what you may think, Microsoft's business edge is not lying, producing vaporware
and restraining trade.
One of the few partners with more than a vaporware
service is Personable.com (www.personable.com), which advertises Office Online access for "as little as $9.95 a month." Personable's subscriptions come with two dozen free games and utilities, but there are significant extra charges for "access fees," "hard drive storage," and "computer resource usage" that will bump the true monthly rate for Office Online above $50 a month for most users:
Once a favourite of the games industry, this term refers to software prmised but never delivered, either through delay or the impossibility of getting it to work properly.
On April 28 1999, Caldera published a mammoth Statement of Facts, outlining its claims that Microsoft used fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD), vaporware
announcements, exclusionary licenses and technological tying to eliminate DR-DOS as a technical threat to its own MS- DOS.
Some things that might present roadblocks: the wrong consultant, software that is late or delivered way past schedule (known as vaporware
), problems integrating the Web with existing databases or the long wait for Microsoft's expected upgrades of its e-commerce platform.
Perhaps most important, Novell and others complained that Microsoft had consciously attempted to destroy Novell's DR-DOS operating system by the use of "vaporware
," that is, false product announcements designed to persuade consumers to wait for the Microsoft product rather than buy a rival's product.(32) They also alleged that Microsoft included ominous error messages in beta (or test) versions of Windows that suggested that DR-DOS was incompatible with Windows.(33)
IBM was accused as well of promising customers "paper machines" to keep them from ordering real machines from competitors (the hardware equivalent of what Microsoft critics today call "vaporware
2) Trap - Buying "vaporware
" instead of proven ERP solutions.
The point of the Dead Media Project, beyond its surface technoanthropology, is to counter the hype of Net gurus, their tendency to champion nonexistent "vaporware
" in terms otherwise reserved for the Second Coming and to load all technological change into the operating system we might call Progress 2.0.
Beware, though, of promises that "a fix is coming." There are more and more firms marketing "solutions," but quality varies widely, and for some customers Y2K could become yet another "vaporware
All library professionals have seen promised "cutting edge" automation vaporware
which at first was delayed and then proved difficult to use.