We hate format wars. Not because we’re afraid of good old-fashioned tech fisticuffs, but because they’re often completely unjust. So often, the format that wins isn’t technically better than the competition, just cheaper or better marketed. (And no, we’re not just sore because we were Betamax owners.)
It’s happened so many times over the years that we had to make a list of the technologies that got knocked out of the fight for survival, but really shouldn’t have. We’ve laid out the reasons their demise was unfair along with the causes over the next nine pages.
to read the entire article by Ian Morris.