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Marc Benioff’s Cloud 2

From Techcrunch. Quote: The future of our industry now looks totally different than the past. It looks like a sheet of paper, and it’s called the iPad. It’s not about typing or clicking; it’s about touching. It’s not about text, or even animation, it’s about video. It’s not about a local disk, or even a…

Unlimited Free Client-Side Storage

So far I've looked at devices with which we'll interact with information in 2020. Now I'm changing gears to look at the backend. Fry's is selling Terabyte hard drives for $69.99 this week. A Terabyte is, give or take, a billion pages of text, or a million books. An entire library. Or a month's worth…

The Last Screen

I was thinking the other day how Apple now has a contiguous line of screen sizes from 30 inches down to just a couple of inches (Desktop Mac, MacBook, iPad, iPhone, iPod nano). They don't do TVs, so there is still room at the large end. But they have all other sizes covered. So if…

1000 Wireless Devices Per Person (By 2017?)

The Economist writes (apparently quoting this pronouncement) that: By 2017 there could be 7 trillion wirelessly connected devices and objects -- about 1000 per person. Personally, I think their timing is off: I can believe that the hardware can be built by 2017, but not that we figured out how to manage or use them.…

When Amazon Competes With Dell

This is not about 2020, but about right now. I remember the first story I read about Amazon 10+ years ago. How Jeff Bezos moved to Seattle, set up shop across a bookstore, and sent people across the street to get the books that were ordered on www.amazon.com, so they could be mailed. Today, Amazon…