What I’d Like to Happen in 2010 (But Probably Won’t)

I just foolishly offered some predictions on what will happen in tech and and on the Internet this year (and what won’t happen). Now, I’d like to offer a few things that I wish would happen:
* Cell phones provide decent call quality. I really don’t get folks who don’t have a landline, because cell call quality often sucks, and I simply refuse to inflict this on people I’m talking to if I don’t have to. I’m not the first to point out that cell phones have improved in every way except as phones, and I’m pretty sure I won’t be the last, especially as data-intensive apps hog more and more bandwidth.
* A cheap, fast, and simple way to get Internet video onto my TV. Yeah, I know there are many ways to do this, but somewhere along the line, they all seem to require some kluge to work. Sorry, life’s too short. Really, can it be so hard to come up with something that just works, like Tivo? (Come to think of it, maybe Tivo is it–just not the model I own today.)
* Apple gets the iPhone onto Verizon’s network. I know, unlikely at best. But I’d buy an iPhone right now if I didn’t have to deal with AT&T’s spotty network, at least in the Bay Area. Otherwise, I’ll stick with the Touch and cadge WiFi where I can get it.
* Someone figures out how to help individuals sift through the data deluge flooding us from Twitter, Facebook, news sites, YouTube videos, and who knows what-all. I sure wish, and whoever does this in a reasonably comprehensive way will have a heckuva business. But I’m not holding my breath.

5 Responses

  1. I haven’t had a land line in years but it can be difficult considering I do have an iPhone in the bay area. Oh I wish, wish, wish they would make a deal with Verizon!

  2. for organizing all the web, have you seen http://www.dorthy.com? it’s only in alpha, but it does it all as well as anyone I know of.

  3. hmmm… I haven’t had a land line for years, but haven’t had any trouble with bad cell call quality. Location I guess?

    • Yeah, really does depend on location. But I also grew up on landline quality, so missing words here and there, static, etc. still bug me. Anything that gets in the way of smooth communication, I don’t like. Matters more in interviews than casual conversation.

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