The Hulk, Professor X, Iron Man -- the superhero alter egos of today's top tech leaders revealed!
Stories by Robert X. Cringely
Which tech newsmakers have made the biggest splash so far this year, and which have gone splat?
OK, I was wrong. It turns out little Frodo and the other hobbits were able to muster enough elves, dwarves, and humans to make the Eye of Ballmeron blink and repel the evil Microsoft from Middle Internet.
It's fun, it's easy, and virtually everybody else does it, so why not Le Cringe? I whipped out the Oujia Board, spit into some tea leaves, examined a few goat entrails, and came up with some of the big trends in tech that will come to pass over the next 12 months. Some may surprise you; others are, well, utterly predictable.
Microsoft buys Yahoo and AOL. Yes, two ancient rumors for just one low low price. Redmond will grow its advertising market share on the Net the old fashioned way -- by buying it from someone else. It will still get its a** kicked by Google, but at least it will have an a** worth kicking.