Will Your Facebook Page Resemble These Antique Report Cards in 80 Years?

This is the 1930 report card of Marie Garaventa. It has her academic evaluations, performance, and even a detailed history of the places she worked after she graduated. It's whimsical and nostalgic and wonderfully voyeuristic. And in another 80 years, it might resemble all the data you store (and that's stored about… » 9/19/11 5:00pm 9/19/11 5:00pm

Apple Year-End Report Card: A

Somewhere between 2006 and today, I stopped considering Apple an underdog. And I'm not just talking about their iPod numbers nor am I talking about their nowhere-close-to-Windows marketshare. I mean, screw marketshare, really: Does Porsche outsell Honda? Apple busted out some serious products like the iPhone and iPods… » 12/21/07 4:00pm 12/21/07 4:00pm

Microsoft Year-End Report Card: B-

Well, Redmond, it's been a funny year, hasn't it? Even if you ignore those Apple commercials, it's hard to ignore the fact that Vista was probably one of the main reasons people switched to the Mac OS, or to third-party Linux-based systems. We'll get to the big V—and that other mighty stain Windows Mobile—in a bit,… » 12/21/07 2:00pm 12/21/07 2:00pm

AT&T Year-End Report Card: C

AT&T, the supermassive telecom and largest wireless carrier in the US, is affectionately known by Giz readers as the Death Star. Why? Its reach is Empire-worthy and well, just look at that damn logo. 2007 was an appropriately big year that started off with a double-barrelled blast: AT&T snagged exclusive rights to the… » 12/20/07 4:00pm 12/20/07 4:00pm

Dell Year-End Report Card: B

Following an utterly abysmal 2006—exploding battery, anyone?—Dell's 2007 was more of a mixed bag. Its products were sharper than ever: gorgeous new notebooks, formidable gaming desktops and great values in large monitors (often found on sale). But at the same time, production issues and lingering organizational… » 12/19/07 4:00pm 12/19/07 4:00pm

Verizon Year-End Report Card: B-

Verizon has to be the most bipolar telecom in the US. It's got a great network but won't let anything on it. Its got decent phones, but a lot of 'em are disfigured with that red-stained standardized interface. It was against open networks but now it is all about them. Grading Verizon for the year is hard, like a… » 12/18/07 4:20pm 12/18/07 4:20pm

Google Year-End Report Card: B

Google is the Tetsuo of tech. It's already massive, but it grows uncontrollably in a million different directions and almost feels like it's on the verge of creating its own gUniverse. [Ed. note: "Gooniverse"?] At times, it's both amazing and scary to watch. 2007 was the biggest year yet for Google, but crazily… » 12/18/07 12:00pm 12/18/07 12:00pm

What the Hell Is a Year-End Report Card?

We believe in passing judgment. As 2007 draws to a close, there seems to be no more appropriate thing to do then slap an academic letter grade on the actions of companies who have had the strongest impact our lives this year. Today we've kicked off a week-long series to evaluate the sometimes brutal, sometimes… » 12/17/07 8:00pm 12/17/07 8:00pm

Samsung Year-End Report Card: A

Samsung has grown to be such a household name that we rarely stop to think about exactly how freaking massive the company has become. Other Asian conglomerates can have their snowmobiles, trains and heavy industrial equipment, Samsung plays it straight up the consumer-electronics path. In fact, we defy you to name a… » 12/17/07 4:30pm 12/17/07 4:30pm

Nintendo Year-End Report Card: A-

Click to viewIt's been a gigantic year for Nintendo. It reclaimed the living room console throne for the first time in forever with the Wii, and continued to dominate the portable gaming space with its DS. But how did it do on a scale of A to F? Did it earn good marks for quality games or did it get points off for the… » 12/17/07 12:00pm 12/17/07 12:00pm