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Not Alan Partridge tells us: "I was once offered the chance to co-present a programme on national radio. Audience of millions, but blew up spectacularly, my entire contribution being the rustling of paper in the background. I was that bad, I have since burned my copy of the pilot show." Tell us about your big break, and how you messed it up.

(, Thu 3 Apr 2014, 14:22)
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The world's stupidest idea.
An ex-colleague emailed me to ask if I wanted to join him on to work on a new e-commerce application he was involved in. The client was a once trendy tech company that had seen better days. In the post dot-com crash I was interested in any work that was happening even if the clients finances were distinctly wobbly. But this wasn't any e-commerce system, it would only sell you stuff if you had the right hardware. If you didn't have an approved device it wouldn't let you connect, so you couldn't even see what was for sale let alone purchase anything.

I thought it the stupidest idea ever. What was the point of a system that purposefully turned away the vast majority of potential customers? Shaking my head in disbelief at another daft idea dreamed up by a clueless MBA,I declined the offer. And that is how I managed not to become a lead developer on the project that would become iTunes and managed not to join Apple when it was at its lowest ebb.
(, Thu 3 Apr 2014, 18:27, 4 replies)
How you like dem apples?
(scratches fanny) sorry, just woke up.
(, Fri 4 Apr 2014, 0:11, closed)
I bin offered a job at Blackberry
Think I should take it?
(, Fri 4 Apr 2014, 1:15, closed)
I worked for Liquid Audio, which should have become what iTunes is now
...but instead was bitch-slapped by the dot-com crash and faded away, just before iTunes sprang up and took over the world.

(, Fri 4 Apr 2014, 9:08, closed)
I don't know how good a developer you are
but I fully believe you could have made it better than it actually turned out.
(, Fri 4 Apr 2014, 23:59, closed)

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