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Mar 8, 2009, 03:29 AM
 
Whats the next big thing ? Personal computers to desktop publishing to the internet to the digital hub.

Some claim 'web 2.0' and social networking are the next big thing for the computer industry. Personally, im not convinced of that.

Skimming over the prospects across industries, i don't know of any product/process/service that can be labeled the 'next big thing'.

I guess alternate fuels and electric cars have some potential.

What do you guys thing ?

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Mar 8, 2009, 03:45 AM
 
"The cloud", IMO.
     
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Mar 8, 2009, 03:51 AM
 
The iPhone.

Slick shoes?! Are you crazy?!
     
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Mar 8, 2009, 04:18 AM
 
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Mar 8, 2009, 04:45 AM
 
electric cars are a while off (for daily/consumer use) but they seem to be the most likely "next big thing"
     
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Mar 8, 2009, 05:12 AM
 
Originally Posted by Stogieman View Post
The iPhone.
Yes, handheld internet devices.
     
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Mar 8, 2009, 03:47 PM
 
Originally Posted by zro View Post
Yes, handheld internet devices.
AKA the mobile internet. Yeah, I think that we're only just scraping the surface atm.
     
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Mar 8, 2009, 03:54 PM
 
The Zune
     
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Mar 8, 2009, 04:08 PM
 
That fully-automated dressing machine from The Jetsons.
     
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Mar 8, 2009, 04:27 PM
 
^^ Reminds me those old Apple commercials about how the future would be.
     
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Mar 8, 2009, 04:47 PM
 
Sorry, I was wrong. The next big thing is for 99.9% of Americans to realize that not all problems are the fault of the democrats/republicans.
     
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Mar 8, 2009, 05:14 PM
 
Windows ME.

You'll all see... Microsoft is going to release a service pack for Windows ME annnny day now.
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Mar 8, 2009, 06:49 PM
 
Alchemy.
     
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Mar 8, 2009, 07:15 PM
 
Centipedes as pets.
     
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Mar 9, 2009, 10:27 AM
 
Originally Posted by goMac View Post
Windows ME.

You'll all see... Microsoft is going to release a service pack for Windows ME annnny day now.
I've been waiting for Windows ME 2 for so long! I hear it's going to have this awesome search feature called 'Searchlight', that they're replacing the old taskbar with a new one, code-named 'Jetty', and that they'll be replacing the underlying NT system with NetBSD.
     
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Mar 9, 2009, 10:52 AM
 
Originally Posted by goMac View Post
Windows ME.

You'll all see... Microsoft is going to release a service pack for Windows ME annnny day now.
Windows ME!, that's crappiest OS...right after Vista.
     
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Mar 9, 2009, 10:59 AM
 
--Consumer-level 3D printers (the kind that "print" 3D representations of drawings using layers of paper/wood/plastic)

--Consumer-level CNC machines to make stuff for you (along the same lines as the 3D printer above but intended to produce working objects)
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Mar 9, 2009, 11:01 AM
 
Originally Posted by lyanma View Post
Windows ME!, that's crappiest OS...right after Vista.
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Mar 9, 2009, 12:48 PM
 
Wireless electricity
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Mar 9, 2009, 01:14 PM
 
Resolution independent GUI. Everyone wants LCDs, so now you have to deal with fixed resolutions.

Too bad Samsung pretty much abandoned thin CRT technology. I'm not impressed with LCDs.
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Mar 9, 2009, 01:21 PM
 
Originally Posted by lyanma View Post
Windows ME!, that's crappiest OS...right after Vista.
Hence the migration back to Windows ME.
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Mar 9, 2009, 02:20 PM
 
Actually - the next big thing will be Starbuck's instant coffee.
Easier to bring to work, and hopefully cheaper.
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Mar 9, 2009, 03:12 PM
 
Wireless electricity would be nice. Smart phones are gonna keep getting more common.
     
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Mar 9, 2009, 04:02 PM
 
Originally Posted by nonhuman View Post
I've been waiting for Windows ME 2 for so long! I hear it's going to have this awesome search feature called 'Searchlight',
Wait - "Searchlight" is that sex cult, isn't it?
     
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Mar 9, 2009, 04:29 PM
 
Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot View Post
Wait - "Searchlight" is that sex cult, isn't it?
Ask Todd.
     
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Mar 9, 2009, 05:03 PM
 
CRAP!!!

Way to go guys!
     
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Mar 9, 2009, 06:15 PM
 
Resolution independent GUI. Everyone wants LCDs, so now you have to deal with fixed resolutions.

Too bad Samsung pretty much abandoned thin CRT technology. I'm not impressed with LCDs.
I wonder if given the recent deal between Apple & LG (which are partners of Philips) the 'Next Big Thing' when it comes to Apple would be something like this



Beyond the astonishing 56" of display goodness, it is the true cinema aspect ratio which I find more prone to left you in awe, pretty much like the 4000€ you would have to burn.
     
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Mar 9, 2009, 09:13 PM
 
Your all off. The Woz on Dancing with The Stars tonight baby!!!!!!!!!!!
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Mar 9, 2009, 09:16 PM
 
Actually, I’ve just been informed by a very reliable source in the know (who, however, wishes to remain anonymous) that the next big thing will not be iPhones, cable-free electricity, eco-friendly cars, or any such nonsense, but squirrels.

You heard it here first.
     
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Mar 10, 2009, 01:19 AM
 
^ Trouser squirrels. Big in the clubs in Germany at the moment.
     
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Mar 10, 2009, 02:12 AM
 
i got arrested for my trouser squirrel. it was nuts.
     
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Mar 10, 2009, 03:44 AM
 
Nut storage can be a problem, so I shall add to this list: Parachute pants.

Voluminous pantaloons + trouser squirrel = unstoppable combo.


edit: DUAL trouser squirrels + parachute pants! Once you get that tag-team action going on the dancefloor all the ladies will be running.
     
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Mar 10, 2009, 03:45 AM
 
Originally Posted by Face Ache View Post
^ Trouser squirrels. Big in the clubs in Germany at the moment.
I obviously frequent the wrong clubs.
     
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Mar 10, 2009, 03:56 AM
 
Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot View Post
I obviously frequent the wrong clubs.
Stop.

































Squirrel time.
     
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Mar 10, 2009, 01:24 PM
 
Hammer pants are back ? sweettttt
     
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Mar 10, 2009, 01:40 PM
 
I'm still waiting for a future world that has flying cars. Hovercraft do not count.

The squirrels can drive them if you insist.
     
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Mar 10, 2009, 02:07 PM
 
Originally Posted by Face Ache View Post
Stop.

Squirrel time.
     
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Mar 10, 2009, 02:23 PM
 
LOL Nazis on ice.
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Mar 10, 2009, 02:24 PM
 
Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot View Post
Wait - "Searchlight" is that sex cult, isn't it?
Searching for the Flesh Light

NSFW or Kids Link, probably. I never followed it.
     
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Mar 10, 2009, 03:16 PM
 
I don't think you remember Todd and his cult ramblings.

http://forums.macnn.com/89/macnn-lou...dical-sex-cult
     
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Mar 10, 2009, 03:53 PM
 
The next big things that will happen in the very near future:

1. Netbooks or small internet-based devices based on NVIDIA's Ion platform. Netbooks will no longer be seen for just for email, web browsing, and occasional word document.

2. Windows 7 will be big. It won't' offer anything technologically new or superior, but its mainstream adoption will push XP into the minority. Right now XPs market share is about 50% and Vistas is 25%. The Vista/Win 7 code base will become the mainstream OS.

3. Darknets will become mainstream.
     
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Mar 10, 2009, 05:55 PM
 
Skynet.
     
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Mar 10, 2009, 08:12 PM
 
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I didn't realise Nazi are b boys
     
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Mar 10, 2009, 09:55 PM
 
Small, tiny computers everywhere which you configure for one specific task.
     
   
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