Comments
yourfanat wrote: I am using another tool for Oracle developers - dbForge Studio for Oracle. This IDE has lots of usefull features, among them: oracle designer, code competion and formatter, query builder, debugger, profiler, erxport/import, reports and many others. The latest version supports Oracle 12C. More information here.
Cloud Expo on Google News
SYS-CON.TV
Cloud Expo & Virtualization 2009 East
PLATINUM SPONSORS:
IBM
Smarter Business Solutions Through Dynamic Infrastructure
IBM
Smarter Insights: How the CIO Becomes a Hero Again
Microsoft
Windows Azure
GOLD SPONSORS:
Appsense
Why VDI?
CA
Maximizing the Business Value of Virtualization in Enterprise and Cloud Computing Environments
ExactTarget
Messaging in the Cloud - Email, SMS and Voice
Freedom OSS
Stairway to the Cloud
Sun
Sun's Incubation Platform: Helping Startups Serve the Enterprise
POWER PANELS:
Cloud Computing & Enterprise IT: Cost & Operational Benefits
How and Why is a Flexible IT Infrastructure the Key To the Future?
Click For 2008 West
Event Webcasts
iPhone with High-Speed G3 Support at Macworld
My Predictions for the Macworld 2008 Keynote

It is indeed that time of year again. It's the one day of the year when office workers living on the east coast set up a dedicated monitor for tracking key blogs and websites, waiting for the keynote to begin. Invariably, someone from one of the news sites is there with a camera in the audience and a laptop, and a wireless broadband connection...and they're blogging, twittering, flickering, and doing all kinds of unspeakable things to their computer... all in the name of satiating the unending thirst that people have for all things Jobsian.

Who am I to break with the tradition of spinning wild flights of fancy in the spirit of Apple lovers everywhere and calling them predictions? Just about every site on the net that is even remotely related to technology is now fully caught up in the buzz and hype and has posted their predictions for what fantastically cool new gadget that Apple will produce. In my typical cynical fashion, I have been quoted as saying that Steve Jobs could walk off stage, head to the mens room, come back on stage with the um... net result ... call it an iCrap, and the audience would roar with ecstatic frenzy and worship the new gadget as though it had been brought down from the mountain by Moses himself.

So, all kidding and cynicism aside, here's what I think we're going to see today:

  • Ultraportable touchy-feely tablety thingy. No matter what site you go to, someone has a rumor somewhere about the new smaller form factor Macbook. Some people thing it's going to be a glorified iPod Touch that is somewhere between the size of a phone and the size of a Macbook. I don't particularly agree, but here are the features that _I_ think will be on the device:
  • Smaller than a Macbook
  • Bigger than an atom
  • Has multi-touch
  • Also has a stylus
  • Probably has an external optical drive.
  • Blu-Ray. I'm thinking there's going to be some kind of big bru-ha-ha about how from now on all the SuperDrives in the Macs are going to support Blu-Ray, which would essentially spell the end of the HD-DVD format. This is just totally my own opinion. The great thing about opinions is that they can be right, or wrong, and nobody cares! yay me!
  • Starbucks. We will probably see a demo of how fantastically easy our iPhones will make our overpriced purchase of over-roasted high-fat super-sweetened coffee products.
  • iPhone with high-speed G3 support. yay. I think we all knew this was coming, but I really couldn't care less. It's like someone telling you that next year, Ford will make a 2009 version of the same car they made for 2008. Woohoo thanks Captain Obvious!!
  • iPhone SDK. I'm hoping Steve will reveal some details, not necessarily about  the SDK, but about the pipeline through which all legal iPhone developers must jump in order to get their apps onto the iPhone. I'm guessing that if he discusses the SDK at all, he'll reveal that iPhone apps will be downloaded and purchased through the wifi iTunes store... another huge shocker.

Well, that's pretty much all I've got... I'm sure they will do the usual product line upgrades to the MacPro and the Macbook Pro, but that's all incremental stuff we expect anyway. I also fully expect a brand new set of Saturday Night Live skits spoofing the reality distortion field that is a Steve Jobs keynote.

And no, I will not be posting up-to-the-minute updates about the latest detail from the keynote. I'll just post to let you know when I've pre-ordered my "subnotebook/ultramobile/touchy tablety thingy". I'm sure they'll come up with a better name for it than that.

** Gah - looks like the keynote isn't until tomorrow. How will I manage to withstand the anticipation??

tags:    
links: digg this  del.icio.us  technorati reddit

About Kevin Hoffman
Kevin Hoffman, editor-in-chief of SYS-CON's iPhone Developer's Journal, has been programming since he was 10 and has written everything from DOS shareware to n-tier, enterprise web applications in VB, C++, Delphi, and C. Hoffman is coauthor of Professional .NET Framework (Wrox Press) and co-author with Robert Foster of Microsoft SharePoint 2007 Development Unleashed. He authors The .NET Addict's Blog at .NET Developer's Journal.

In order to post a comment you need to be registered and logged in.

Register | Sign-in

Reader Feedback: Page 1 of 1

Who am I to break with the tradition of spinning wild flights of fancy in the spirit of Apple lovers everywhere and calling them predictions?


Your Feedback
iPhone News Desk wrote: Who am I to break with the tradition of spinning wild flights of fancy in the spirit of Apple lovers everywhere and calling them predictions?
Latest Cloud Developer Stories
When building large, cloud-based applications that operate at a high scale, it's important to maintain a high availability and resilience to failures. In order to do that, you must be tolerant of failures, even in light of failures in other areas of your application. "Fly two mis...
DevOpsSummit New York 2018, colocated with CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City. Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with the introduction of DXWorldEXPO within the program. Successful transformation requires a laser ...
With more than 30 Kubernetes solutions in the marketplace, it's tempting to think Kubernetes and the vendor ecosystem has solved the problem of operationalizing containers at scale or of automatically managing the elasticity of the underlying infrastructure that these solutions n...
Machine learning provides predictive models which a business can apply in countless ways to better understand its customers and operations. Since machine learning was first developed with flat, tabular data in mind, it is still not widely understood: when does it make sense to us...
Daniel Jones is CTO of EngineerBetter, helping enterprises deliver value faster. Previously he was an IT consultant, indie video games developer, head of web development in the finance sector, and an award-winning martial artist. Continuous Delivery makes it possible to exploit f...
Subscribe to the World's Most Powerful Newsletters
Subscribe to Our Rss Feeds & Get Your SYS-CON News Live!
Click to Add our RSS Feeds to the Service of Your Choice:
Google Reader or Homepage Add to My Yahoo! Subscribe with Bloglines Subscribe in NewsGator Online
myFeedster Add to My AOL Subscribe in Rojo Add 'Hugg' to Newsburst from CNET News.com Kinja Digest View Additional SYS-CON Feeds
Publish Your Article! Please send it to editorial(at)sys-con.com!

Advertise on this site! Contact advertising(at)sys-con.com! 201 802-3021



SYS-CON Featured Whitepapers
ADS BY GOOGLE