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Re: OFFTOPIC: what is vaporware?

On Sat, Apr 29, 2000 at 08:13:26PM -0000, Pollywog wrote:
> What exactly is vaporware? 

>From the Jargon File:

:vaporware: /vay'pr-weir/ /n./  Products announced far in
   advance of any release (which may or may not actually take place).
   See also {brochureware}.

:brochureware: /n./  Planned but non-existent product like
   {vaporware}, but with the added implication that marketing is
   actively selling and promoting it (they've printed brochures).
   Brochureware is often deployed as a strategic weapon; the idea is
   to con customers into not committing to an existing product of the
   competition's.  It is a safe bet that when a brochureware product
   finally becomes real, it will be more expensive than and inferior
   to the alternatives that had been available for years.
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