top 10 tech surprises

December 18, 2008

As 2008 draws to a close, top lists and rankings begin to make the press.  I’m always interested in some of the least expected rankings.  The 10 Biggest Technology Surprises for 2008 is worth a read.

Be sure to check out the slideshow to learn why these shocking stories made the list.

1. Windows crumbles. Not!
2. Tech couldn’t stop the financial meltdown
3. Virtualization. It’s alive!
4. Cloud computing
5. Green IT
6. Apple as the enterprise champion
7. Forget innovation, let’s just buy something.  (remember Microsoft and Yahoo?)
8. The big switch or the big snitch?
9. The social net election.
10. The Internet.

Yesterday I reblogged the Pew Internet & American Life Project biggest technology predictions for 2008.

I came across the five fastest growing technologies from CIO Insight Editors today.

1. Viritualization (servers and storage)
2. Customer self-service techologies and applications
3. Open-source applications and systems
4. Collaboration software
5. Storage equipment

View the slides here.

Pew Internet & American Life Project has released their biggest technology predictions for 2008.

Here are the five key trends to watch:

1. Technology goes green

2. Evolution of the PC

3. Cell phone industry expansion

4. The web slows down

5. Social networks adapt

new Web Trend Map

January 27, 2008

Information Architects Japan has updated it’s Web Trend Map for 2008 which pins the most influential web companies to the greater Tokyo-area train map.

To appreciate it fully, be sure to read the explanations on the 2007 map.

My favourite part is the web generation number.

the Internet vs print media

December 9, 2007

Is the paperless society here yet?

A recent presentation from the Pew Internet Project suggests that the “paperless society” is far out into the future. Both the convergence of display technologies and user behaviour have a huge impact on the future demand for print materials.

Of interest:

“People still go to libraries, and in fact library visits have been on the rise in recent
years. On a per capita basis, visits to public libraries rose by 25% from 1990 to
2003. Although libraries are increasingly digitizing information, the research
community, at least, likes to have hard copy and digital archives.”