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What I Want
Four items, in no particular order...
1. Virus protection embedded in the OS. This is one area where tying products would actually benefit consumers. Sircam and Nimda wouldn't have made it to your inbox, much less the headlines, if Microsoft took viruses seriously enough to embed detection software in the operating system. What about Symantec and McAfee, you ask? They could become competitors in a (much bigger) market for virus update subscriptions. Suggestion to Justice as they head into negotiations with Redmond: unbundle IE and Windows Media Player and force Microsoft to bundle Norton AntiVirus into XP. (Yes, I know it's too late.)
2. Full-time IM presence publishing. Just because I've shut down my laptop doesn't mean that Yahoo IM or AIM should stop publishing a presence status on my behalf. Sure, I'm offline, but I might be available for phone calls, meetings, offers of free lunches, etc. In fact, the status lines broadcast during offline times would be so much more interesting than in online times. Instead of "In a Meeting," it'd be "Laying on Sofa Watching Television." Or instead of "On the Phone" it'd be "Staring at the Bumper of the Guy in Front of Me." You get the drift. Status messages could be set by your cell phone (and could even be triggered by how you set your ring tone), by dialing an automated phone system, or sending an email from a Blackberry-like device. Which reminds me, I want...
3. The Handspring Treo k180. A while back I posted that I'd love to have a combination Palm and Blackberry. The Blackberry for its always-on messaging functionality and its killer keyboard, the Palm for its OS and thousands of applications. News.com reported back in August that's one is on its way...and will include their web browser and functionality similar to their VisorPhone. I'm not a big convergence person, but I've never denied being a handheld fetishist. Now, if only their phone could include...
4. Reverse mute. Admit it -- it would be the perfect telephone feature. The synchronous equivalent of the email filter, the Reverse Mute button would elminate all of their useless chatter, while allowing your nuggets of insight to get through. Perfect for those droning conference calls, or annoying telemarketers. You get heard, they get ignored. (Note -- this may have troublesome escalation issues...) (Additional note added 10/8/01 -- is this what's going to happen to the Rush Limbaugh show now that he's admitted he's going deaf?)
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