Just to end things on a more uplifting note, technology was also used this year to bring Charles Darwin back from the dead. Carnegie Mellon University's 10-year-old Synthetic Interview Technology (or in this case, Darwin Synthetic Interview) was behind a new "Ask Darwin" exhibit at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh to celebrate Darwin's 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of "On the Origin of Species" being published. CMU and Duquesne University collaborated on the project.
Separately, Symantec announced it has revived the Norton Utilities optimization and cleanup tools for Windows that it folded years ago into a broader package after buying Norton.
And last but not least,
3Com has brought back
to life its enterprise switch business, which it has twice aced.