AOL tops on list of very bad things
Dan Tynan and his merry crew have cobbled together "The 25 Worst Tech Products of All Time." Right there at the top is AOL. About AOL, PC World says: "Since America Online emerged from the belly of a BBS called Quantum 'PC-Link' in 1989, users have suffered through awful software, inaccessible dial-up numbers, rapacious marketing, in-your-face advertising, questionable billing practices, inexcusably poor customer service and enough spam to last a lifetime." Not to be outdone, both Microsoft and Apple make appearances on the list.
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French serve up some cheek with their wine
Anthony Rose finds that the French are loosening up a bit when it comes to marketing their wine. "The dull lists of meaningless appellations and negociant names are giving way to a host of brand names a la New World. . . . And, following in the footsteps of Fat Bastard Chardonnay, there's a new tongue-in-cheek breed like Le Freak, Chat en Oeuf and the self-deprecating Arrogant Frog." Of course, this being a Brit publication, the French weren't going to get a free pass. Rose also writes: "Encouraging as it is to see France making an effort to modernize its marketing, much of what's in the bottle remains unworthy of the flash labels."