A New Year’s Wish List

    January 2, 2007

There were a lot of significant advances in 2006 in the digital realm. Google prospered, YouTube exploded onto the scene, and the Internet overtook newspapers in the hierarchy of information consumption. What does this year hold in store for the technological landscape?

A New Year's Wish List
What Would You Like Out Of 2007?

Wish lists are usually reserved for birthdays or the recent Christmas season, but somehow it seemed appropriate to ponder what I would like to see come to pass in this new year. So, for your reading pleasure, I have narrowed the list down to the five events that I would most like to see come to fruition this year.

1) A Google Enhanced Distribution of Linux

While Vista may not be the triumphant success that Microsoft had hoped for, it still remains that the operating system will have a determined focus to challenge Google’s search dominance as its desktop search functionality continues to be refined. So, in response, an operating system bearing the Google emblem would be a welcome alternative for the anti-Microsoft disestablishmentarian fanboys.

The company already makes use of its own customized Linux distribution, and making that product available to the public would seem to be a logical step to challenge Microsoft in the OS realm. And personally, I always have subscribed to the adage that choice is good, and a Goonix platform could give consumers just such a choice.

2) Municipal WiFi That Isn’t a Giant Hassle

When Google and Earthlink set out to set up a WiFi network throughout San Francisco, it seemed like a win/win situation for everyone involved. Now, in what seems like an eternity later, the project continues to be tied down within the miry confines of city bureaucracy and public scrutiny.

Isn’t there some way to bring MuniFi to the masses without the “ginormous” hassle of jumping through hoop after hoop only to land in more red tape?

3) The Abolishment of DRM from iTunes

I’ve written about this topic a number of times, and I will keep writing about it until Apple gets a clue about just how counterproductive its Digital Rights Management (DRM) practices are to the spirit of the digital music community.

Apple has traditionally been the underground company looking to stick it to The Man (Microsoft) in its endeavors. Ironically, with the dominance of the iTunes music store and the restrictive nature of DRM, Apple is turning into its own twisted version of The Man.

4) Search Functionality Within Google Reader

Have I missed something here? I mean, I love… L-O-V-E the RSS aggregation tastiness that is Google Reader. In fact, I dare say I could not live without it when researching material to write about. However, I can’t seem to find any way to search through my feeds for a particular topic, keyword, author, or any other term.

So you’re telling me that a company that has made its name from search functionality hasn’t figured out how to implement it within one of its fastest growing services?

It boggles the mind.

5) Yahoo Storming Back Into the Online Forefront

If choice is good, then genuine competition is grand. Yahoo took a lot of heat in 2006, so let’s hope in 2007 that the company can rebound and become a bigger player than ever before in the landscapes of search, marketing, and online services.

Why? Because when true competition exists, then the consumer always wins. If Google and Yahoo become locked in a heated battle to provide the most comprehensive online experience for the user, the pace of innovation and user-friendliness increases exponentially. That’s something we all should want, it’s the fundamental principal that drives the free market.

Or as Austin Powers would say, “Groovy! Smashing! Yay Capitalism!”

So there you have it, the five things I hope will happen this year. It isn’t too much to ask for, is it?

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Joe is a staff writer for WebProNews. Visit WebProNews for the latest ebusiness news.