My predictions for 2005 are now on the site – and whaddya know, one of them already came true: downloads outnumbered physical CD sales in the last week of 2004. Most likely because of people with gift certificates for online stores spending them, while shops were shut. But it’s a trend that will continue, even as CD singles pick up again from the Christmas torpor.
One wrong (though not in the list): Simon Hoggart appeared on the News Quiz, completely untroubled by all that brouhaha involving him and Kimberly Quinn/Fortier. And the panellists seemed happy to let it be that way.
Your comments on the predictions …welcome.
Monday 10 January 2005 at 5:26 pm
A good list of predictions, Charles. It’s going to be an interesting year. I’d add one suggestion to your recommendations list: back up your stuff regularly – memory sticks are cheap and easy to use. Better still, get a CD writer.
Thursday 13 January 2005 at 1:12 pm
interesting list, thought that you way want to surf over to http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/pulpit20050107.html and have a look at Bob Cringely’s list.
Thursday 13 January 2005 at 2:33 pm
Yes, I’ve seen Bob Cringely’s list – very interesting, as he always is. And honest.
Wednesday 19 January 2005 at 12:25 am
Top tips! A welcome prod to push me in the right direction (i.e. away from the evil clutches of Bill Gates). I am viewing this page in Firefox and have also installed Thunderbird for evaluation prior to a necessary purging re-format of my C drive. I will also take a fresh look at Penguin power, I’ve had Linux languishing in a partition, unused, for over 2 years. I will see if a distro that will recognise all of my hardware has appeared in the intervening period!
Tuesday 25 October 2005 at 2:59 pm
Have you seen http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/ ? It’s a linux distro with a 50Mb footprint – you can order it on USB pen drive, as predicted. It comes with a fair selection of apps as well – nothing like full functionality, but still pretty impressive for what it is.