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Poll: What tech event are you most looking forward to in 2010?

2010 will be an exciting year in tech. If you could choose one tech event to happen in the coming year, what would it be?

2010 will be an exciting year in tech. If you could choose one tech event to happen in the coming year, what would it be? If your most-anticipated event isn't on this list, be sure to tell us what it is in this post's discussion thread.

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dukethepcdr
dukethepcdr

I'm looking forward to the time when people recycle all those awful compact florescent bulbs that were pushed on us so hard in 2008 and 2009 and replace them with LED light bulbs. I've seen them in person at CES from several booths and I'm very impressed with the new generation of them. They use less electricity than either incandescent or florescent. They run cooler, last longer and release less harmful wavelengths than florescent too. Their light is also more pleasing to the eye and makes colors of objects look more natural as well. I skipped the "green revolution" of the compact florescent bulb for the above reasons (oh and I forgot to mention that when florescent bulbs break, they release nasty gasses). I'm ready to trade my incandescent bulbs for LED though.

tadair
tadair

PDA/Smartphones actually become affordable. And Windows Mobile takes over the market.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

You must be kidding! Oh, wait, you only work in .NET, don't you? ;)

skershaw
skershaw

iPhone released from AT&T.....

corral
corral

Many Sun clients are afraid Oracle's rule after the merger may close some Sun's lines and reduce the commitment and investment in others. Even buyers of SPARC-based servers are nervous. I hope Oracle manages to calm things, and ensures the continuity of the main Sun products (SPARC machines, Solaris). Not optimistic at all about MySQL and Java development platforms.

henry
henry

Ubuntu 10.04 in April

Timespike
Timespike

Intel and AMD are both working on 6-core CPUs. More computing power, baby!

jck
jck

Adult Entertainment Expo 2010 :^0 j/k...sometimes ]:) Waiting to see if we can get my boss (and his bosses) to let us implement Linux on a limited scale and show that it's not that hard for end-users to switch...and save our organization about $100k.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

And what percentage is that of your total number of systems?

jck
jck

Somewhere between 30-50 percent, with that numbering somewhere between 175 and 300. It's not going to be an overnight rollout by any means, but rather than paying for machines with an OS on them, Office, etc., we can implement Linux + OO.org to basic end-users who do nothing more than write simple documents, save them, etc., and re-training is practically zero. Most functions in Office are the same or incredibly and similarly named in OO.org. The biggest headache is document movement. But so long as they didn't try to name them differently and let Word/Office do the work, that should go pretty uneventfully. Then, we can start focusing on development for systems that don't require the .NET 3.5 mass of code.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Either in the poll or replies. Does no one care, do we figure it won't happen in '10, or did everyone just forget? And no, rfolden, Chrome doesn't count as 'Linux on the mother-lovin' desktop'! :D

dukethepcdr
dukethepcdr

The Chrome OS has pretty much be a failure as far as publicity is concerned. You're more likely to find someone who has tried Chrome energy drink than you are someone who has heard of the Chrome OS. I hadn't even heard about Chrome OS until about three weeks ago and I try to keep up to date on tech news a lot more than the average person does. Any indication yet as to whether or not Chrome will be fully compatible with the tons of Windows compatible software and hardware out there? If not, I don't care about it. Let's face it, the vast majority of users out there have Windows compatible stuff and they aren't going to be too anxious to toss it all out and start all over again for the sake of a new OS. It was bad enough when some of the existing stuff didn't make the jump from the Windows 95/98/ME family of OS's to the newer ones with the Windows NT Kernal. I had a lot of headaches over that one. Especially with printers and scanners.

kgunnIT
kgunnIT

I didn't mention this...but yes, I am looking forward to future announcements and releases of Chrome OS. A Google product? Sure, but 7 second boot time, no viruses, no malware. Finally an OS that takes care of itself. I have family members that could use such a machine. It would mean I could actually relax over the holidays when visiting family.

dwdino
dwdino

Google Chrome OS: 0 Reality: 1

79383
79383

The reason it is not worth mentioning it is mainly based for the sole purposes of browsing the internet. Where as a Home PC, or Bussiness PC is well rounded for more tasks ex. Document creation, Programming Etc.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

but it's Google. Don't you know we're required to await every new G-app as if it were the Second Coming, just like iProducts? Speaking of which, nobody's mentioned the long-rumored vaporware iTablet either.

kgunnIT
kgunnIT

Android 2.x for Droid Eris, as well as seeing the Android platform gain momentum and new phones hitting the market.

trud
trud

Bah Humbug

williamb_z
williamb_z

VM's can finally play high level, graphics heavy games -- Now game developers don't have to make games for a specific platform because they can develop their own appliance that will play on every platform!

tonycopp
tonycopp

a Windows Update back to Windows 2000 Professional that absolutely prevents CRASHes based on random memory allocation, and any other tech solutions that put themselves out of business so they can continually move on do something better with their time. Layering plaster on weak foundations for perpetual job security is no way to earn a useful living, but such is the historical fate of a monopoly.

rfolden
rfolden

Hoo Hoo Hoo Hee Hee Hee Hoo Hoo Hoo

bellsarecalling
bellsarecalling

Microsoft to wand-off competition and piracy by offering cheaper basic products.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I'm not aware of MS having any cheaper, less complicated products under development. Office 2010 certainly isn't going to cost less or have a reduced feature set. I don't think they have any new server OS releases scheduled. Are they cutting prices / features on XBox?

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

You had to drag that penguin to the surface, didn't you? May your new year smell of herring guts.

raid0
raid0

Thanks for the laugh. Just about blew coffee on the monitor. (no offense to rfolden)

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I don't care if people want to post pictures of themselves in their birthday suits, but many no longer understand where to draw the line between what to share and what to keep private. I'm not big on 'slippery slope' theories, but the more people 'share' voluntarily, the less they care about involuntarily sharing imposed by businesses or government. I'd love to see the media quit treating Twitter like it's the greatest thing since Gutenberg got ink on his fingers. State legislatures approve chopping off fingers as punishment for texting while driving.

sholbrook
sholbrook

I hope all these folks that post personal info to Facebook, Twitter and the like finally realize the risks they put themselves at.

Timespike
Timespike

Keep it to yourself, people, because if you don't, laws come along that make it harder for me to keep it to myself, and that does NOT make me happy.

malcolm
malcolm

A new search system, something like the old Google and other pre engines, few adverts, just good solid information.

bbailey
bbailey

Google Phone

carlsf
carlsf

1) the "CLASSIC" put back into WIN7 2) Office 2003 interface into Office 2007 Otherwise they are alienating over 35% of their existing clients, who once gonr wont be back....

GregGold
GregGold

When an entity assumes they're the only game in town, they're only going to give what they want to, what they decide you need. It ain't gonna happen.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

2010 will be an exciting year in tech. If you could choose one tech event to happen in the coming year, what would it be? Original post/poll: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/itdojo/?p=1316 If your most-anticipated event isn?t on this list, be sure to tell us what it is in this discussion thread.

T Mike
T Mike

This whole mobile scenario is growing pretty quick and seems to be swirling round-n-round towards a mid-size core 'do-everything' lite companion/compliment to our ever-growing connected worlds. It wouldn't surprise me if by mid-summer we see or get 'leaks' of "the device" .

itguymmx
itguymmx

I am looking forward to SP1 for Windows 7. That way I can truly start deploying in my office.