Actually, I thought the VHS and Beta thing was an often quoted misconception.
The market chose VHS over Betamax, not because the market made a mistake,
but because VHS has features the market wanted (e.g. longer playing time).
I can't rememeber what was supposed to be superior about betamax
(maybe it was just SOny marketing hype?).

"Richard L. Conn" wrote:
> I like John's mention of VHS and Beta below ...

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95)
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of John McCabe
> Sent: Thursday, April 13, 2000 11:56 AM
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> Subject: Re: What the competition looks like (resurrected)
> >History has shown that is not always technical superiority that wins, but
> >marketing and perceptions.
> Betamax Vs VHS for example...
> John