Tuesday, October 30, 2001

Where will new technology demand come from? First lets get one thing straight: there is no pent-up market demand for technology right now. None. No one wants new servers, application or otherwise, and no one needs a new PC. So where's the demand going to come from? On the consumer side, Walter Mossberg guesses it'll build on AOL, Palm, cell phone, and wireless networking, all of which put ease-of-use before technology. They also focus on helping people share stuff, which when it moves beyond text (i.e. movies, pictures, audio) will be the next big driver of PC hardware upgrades. Editting pictures, movies, and sound files all require the sort of clock-speed and memory only useful for games (to date). Apple twigged this a while ago and has done much to improve the experience in this area.

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