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ID’s 2009 Tech Predictions

By on December 31, 2008 11:14:39 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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It’s that time of the year again where people will start giving their predictions for what will hold for the  tech industry in the new year.  With the economy being in the state that it is, mostly everything I have read so far is pretty pessimistic, but putting politics aside, I think 2009 has potential to be a big rebound as far as tech goes.

With that being said, I will start with the most obvious one.

  1. Windows 7 arrives.  Microsoft hasn’t been too forthcoming about when the next version of Windows will arrive, and we have heard dates going all the way to 2011.  I think Windows 7 will arrive sometime this summer with a hype that we didn’t see with Vista.  I haven’t gotten my hands on Windows 7 yet, but I am hearing some really great things about it so far.  We are already getting a glimpse of how Windows 7 will operate, but what we haven’t heard much about is the gritty details such as pricing and versioning.  I have written about before the need for Win7 to have a more family-friendly licensing, and to drop the numerous SKU’s for just one or two.
     
  2. Steve Jobs leave Apple.  Apple shocked the tech community recently when they announced this years Macworld will be its last, and that Steve Jobs will not give the final keynote.  Speculation and rumors are running abound about the reasons behind it, but that simple fact is that Jobs is on his way out.  How this will affect Apple going forward is yet to be seen, but Apple’s stocks will certainly take a hit once this is announced.  This certainly won’t mean the end for Apple, but will they continue on their current track with new leadership?  I say yes.

  3. Online services takeover.  Well “takeover” is a bit of a stretch, but 2009 will be the year when more and more services like “the cloud” launch.  In 2008 we saw services like Google Documents become more usable, and saw others like Microsoft step their feet into the online office waters.  Apple dove right in with MobileMe, which despite its rough launch, it has shown what “cloud” services can do for the average consumer.  Just today I was reading more speculation that iWork will move towards online integration, but no confirmation as of yet.  And of course we can’t forget Microsoft’s announcement of their Azure platform which has some tremendous potential.

  4. Next-gen consoles revealed.  The next-gen consoles like the Xbox 360 are not so “next-gen” anymore, and this year we will get a peek at the next, “next-gen” consoles.  We still won’t see the actual units ship until at least late 2010, but the hype machine won’t wait that long.  Aside from the usual graphic improvements, blu-ray will once again be a big feature, along with more integration with home entertainment features. 

  5. Social networks “slow down”.  This year we seen social networks like Facebook, Friendfeed, and Twitter really take off.  The popularity of these services spawned a ton of startup services, but towards the end of the year we have also seen many of them fade into oblivion.  2009 will bring a new wave of updates such as a “pro” version of Twitter, and these services will remain extremely popular, but the overall excitement and expansion of these networks will start to slow down.

Well those are my 2009 predictions, and I think most are pretty solid.  Do you agree with these?  Leave your comments and let me know.

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January 1, 2009 8:24:36 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I thought Vista was the beta for 7!

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January 1, 2009 9:43:01 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting Sole Soul,
Oh please.

That's not going to happen until 2012, at least.

Also, for what it's worth, I don't see how that qualifies as a tech prediction.

Global Communications will go down, while magnetic feedback pulses backtrack through the internet, whiping out the sum of human knowledge!

There will be no tech!

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January 1, 2009 9:55:13 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Quoting TTong,
J.C... the net's going... the net's going black... J.C... no more infolinks, transmissions of any kind... We'll start again... live in villages... if you receive this, if you survive, then find us... find us...

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January 2, 2009 1:28:06 AM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Quoting Luckmann,



Quoting Sole Soul,
reply 25
Oh please.


That's not going to happen until 2012, at least.



Also, for what it's worth, I don't see how that qualifies as a tech prediction.
Global Communications will go down, while magnetic feedback pulses backtrack through the internet, whiping out the sum of human knowledge!


There will be no tech!


2012 will be like Y2K. After it, everybody will be like, "WTF was all that about?"

 

Aside from that, in 2009, I think people will finally start to see that Earth isn't warming because of us.

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January 2, 2009 2:53:07 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

January 19, 2038 3.14 AM

That's Unix end of time. It will roll over to negative integer, causing date shown to be in 1902 or so.

We have years to fix it, but it's found in tons of critical applications.

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January 2, 2009 9:13:39 AM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Release of Snow Leopard - OS X 10.6!

Open CL tech!

New uber toy(s) from Apple!

2nd and 3rd Sins expansion!

 

Don't really care about the rest to be honest

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January 2, 2009 9:44:11 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting USAF22,



2012 will be like Y2K. After it, everybody will be like, "WTF was all that about?"

 

Aside from that, in 2009, I think people will finally start to see that Earth isn't warming because of us.

Well, the only reason Y2K turned out to be nothing was because we imported a bunch of tech guys from India to fix all our crap for us.

2009 will also be the year I start figuring out how to program graphics with C++ and DirectX... *glares at the evil MS Visual C++ program*

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January 2, 2009 1:40:55 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Steve Jobs leaving Apple? That's a shocker. I wonder what the future of Apple will be like after Jobs leaves. I hope that PCs will still dominate the computer market.   And the release of Windows 7? I'm looking forward to it. It's still questionable whether 7 will really live up to the hype and whether it's a viable replacement for Vista and XP. I hope that Windows 7 will release only 64-bit OS's. Computers that have more than 4 GBs (which most are nowdays) require to run a 64-bit OS. (32-bit OS's only recognize up to 4GB of RAM, compared to 64-bit OS's that can use up to 128GB of RAM. [Correct me if i'm wrong.]) So it only makes sense for 7 to be a 64-bit only OS.
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January 5, 2009 11:38:32 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Im really looking forward to "the cloud". Been following the work of it for quite a time now..
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January 6, 2009 8:51:53 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
I have a feeling Windows 7 has a H2 2009 launch date now.

Correct Neil it is on time too!

There's really nothing a next gen console could bring at this point.

Correct Brad! but ... PC gaming is about to take a leap forward into the future!

All in all the next few years have many great things brewing.

#1. IPV6 internet is coming!

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January 6, 2009 9:52:22 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Steve Jobs might not be leaving apple after all... http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28504079/

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January 6, 2009 10:36:09 AM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

Yeah, all of the doom and gloomers were predicting the worst, and it turns out he was just seeing a doc for a worrisome hormone imbalance. Amazing how much out of control speculation can get.

I'd like to add to the list DNSSEC or some other form of secure DNS. We would get so many benefits from such a system: Not just DNS, but email and other technologies could use the system to add greater security to themselves.

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January 6, 2009 10:18:06 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

My prediction for 2009:

 

GC3 WILL BE ANNOUNCED

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January 7, 2009 12:16:09 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

When do you think the next-gen of consoles will be released? Last time I checked, both MS and Sony have yet to recover the billions of dollars they spent on the 360 and PS3...

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January 7, 2009 9:44:04 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting bk13GarbageMan,
I thought Vista was the beta for 7!

It was, but they bumped it to release.

 

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January 14, 2009 3:12:37 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Don't forget the 50 terabyte flash drives www.getusb.info/50-terabyte-flash-drive-made-of-bug-protein/ This article was posted about 6 months ago.
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January 15, 2009 1:41:33 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

50-terabyte-flash-drive-made-of-bug-protein

Hehe, they're gonna have to kill a LOT of flies to make that viable worldwide. 

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January 15, 2009 1:49:08 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I predict that Microshaft, and Nintendo will finally get together, to create the second biggest dust magnet, next to the DS Lite, in the world

 An OS that's fast-paced, full of action, but marks easily, and fingerprints are a real b!tch to get off

 

Oh, and Apple will become -->

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