I've garnered a mention by your illustrious personage. wow.
Of course you don't really need to change your tune, since it's always an very open-ended one
But hey, at least you said that you have no insider connection at all. Good Boy;
although, you did sneak in that "I might be part of the chain" quip. Matsu shakes finger at Kormac, "Naughty boy!"
But old habits die hard, this I understand. hehe...
To the rest,
I haven't said the things Kormac is posting because many
others have said them before me, so I see no need to repeat.
Panels, G5s, firewire, airport, gigawire, and possible Mobo technologies have all been headline news on tech pages and rumor/news sites. As have patent registrations, product releases and roadmaps. It's there for anyone to read and has been read many times over, both here and elsewhere. Perhaps he has some connection to panels, but at the level he is involved his admitted speculation is no closer that that of an enthusiastic/involved lay reader of the tech press/industry.
Keep in mind that none of his predictions about computers has ever come true. He was way off on all i**** and e**** stuff, the P1/iBook, the good-better-best iMacs, etc...
When similar stuff eventually comes out, keep in mind that it was due in the whole industry, and simply a product of general/natural trends. Bet on A/V integration over the next 5 years you're going to be right about it sooner or later. Anyone can predict technology will get smaller lighter, cheaper, more integrated, and feature rich. That's the natural evolution of consumer electronics.
Isn't it interesting that with the iPod these evolutions were not expected at all in the way they materialized. Apple looked at a very focused functionality while we were all scrambling for the do everything PDA or set-top. Simple MP3 player? Nah, never happen. But that's the brilliance of it, it is nearly the perfect simple MP3 player. And NOBODY predicted it months in advance. It was a true surprise mainly because of the elegance with which it approached evolutions of miniaturization and integration. Everyone else was thinking of cumbersome hodge-podges, not Apple. Did Kormac (or anyone) predict that? No. Because Kormac (and the rest of us) were thinking about techno evolution in very gross terms. The industry also makes gross evolutionary changes, but just about everyone has predicted those -- mainly because everyone has already demanded them. On the sum, this i**** e**** PDA/slate wireless web pad etc etc... stuff is very simplistic consumer-fetish driven demanding/hoping dressed up as rumor.
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