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Microsoft Stores

microsoft-logoMicrosoft are planing to follow Apple into the retail stores space. This got some people thinking of the differences between the two:

  1. The stores will have brushed steel walls dotted with holes — reminiscent of Windows security
  2. The store will have six different entrances — Starter, Basic, Premium, Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate
  3. Excuse Bar (instead of Apple’s Genius Bar) staff with training in the art of evading questions
  4.  Store hours are undetermined — at any given time the store mysteriously shuts down
  5. Sales staff will ask you whether you’re positive you want to purchase something — fashioned after User Account Control
  6. Emergency exits will be unlocked at all times so people can get in anytime they want even if the front doors are locked

There are more differences in PC World’s list.

Predictions for 2009

Last year I published some predictions for the year and I did so well I’m gonna give it another go this year.

Here are my top 10 predictions for 2009:

  • Windows 7 will be released
  • Android will overtake the iPhone in market share
  • More ISP’s will limit monthly data transfer
  • Portable GPS will be (almost) replaced by Smart phones (and in-dash GPS) just as they did the MP3 player
  • Someone will buy Yahoo
  • Twitter will start making money
  • Netbooks will have built in 3G wireless Internet access
  • Google will start to monetize YouTube
  • More DRM servers will be switched off
  • Hulu will launch in the UK

Predictions 2008 Review

The years almost up and it’s time to look back and see how well I did at predicting what would happen this year.

In January I predicted:

  • Apple will announce a new Apple TV green-tick (details)
  • iTunes will get movie rentals green-tick (details)
  • The HD disk format war will not be won red-cross
  • iTunes will have HD content (i.e TV shows and Movies) green-tick (details & details)
  • Service pack 2 for Windows Vista red-cross
  • DRM on music will be on more green-tick (details & here & here)
  • The Xbox 360 will get a built in HDDVD drive and WI-FI red-cross
  • OpenID will be used by more sites green-tick
  • Google’s Stock will break green-tick (details)
  • Amazon mp3 will launch in the UK green-tick (details)

7 out 10 isn’t bad.

My Predictions for 2008

In 2008 I predict that:

  • Apple will announce a new Apple TV
  • iTunes will get movie rentals
  • The HD disk format war will not be won
  • iTunes will have HD content (i.e TV shows and Movies)
  • Service pack 2 for Windows Vista
  • DRM on music will be on more
  • The Xbox3 360 will get a built in HDDVD drive and WI-FI
  • OpenID will be used by more sites
  • Google’s Stock will break
  • Amazon mp3 will launch in the UK

The Best Tracks of 2007

Here is my top 10 tracks of 2007 in no particular order:

  • The Pretender – Foo Fighters
  • Take Her back – The Pigeon Detectives
  • Icky Thumb – The White Stripes
  • Investigation – Arcade Fire
  • It’s Not OK – The Enemy
  • Machines – Biffy Clyro
  • He Said He Loved Me – Reverend and the Makers
  • Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s
  • Rockstar – Nickelback
  • crushcrushcrush – Paramore

It’s hard enough to pick 10, so there’s no way I can order them.

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