Ho, Ho ,Ho and a bottle of Jack Daniels to wash away the bitter aftertaste of a year filled with shaky promises, backstabbing, major lawsuits, and stunningly bad offerings. And we haven't even included politicians yet. In nine days time, most of us will be stuffing our faces with Christmas fare and getting sloshed surrounded by relatives we like, dislike or don't know. With any luck no one will mention chips, collapsed software projects, or the company notice-board, where the photos of you drunk, naked and serenading a plastic palm tree at the office Christmas party await everyone's return in the New Year. For the IT industry, it was a roller-coaster year of huge proportions: Intel was passing chips faster than a man after eight pints of Guinness and a Vindaloo; Microsoft was (and still is) in and out of court more often than Ian Hislop; while the growing number of suitors for Apple's favours proved that the fruity innovator is well and truly plucked. Some good things in '97: PC prices fell dramatically following the intense chip wars between Intel, AMD and Cyrix; Gigabit Ethernet continued its rapid rise up the networking charts; the first notebooks to deserve the term "desktop replacement" finally arrived with chunky chips and big screens; prices of colour inkjet printers and 24bit/30bit scanners dipped under the #100-mark; and manufacturers started to respond en masse to the woes of cost of ownership with proper specs for PCs and notebooks. There are many more but now on to the less than glittering. NCs, short for "Never Catch-on" and "Not Coming", failed to materialise in any great way. In fact, many analysts feel that the snail's pace progress of the NC in the past year could drastically slow or cripple the development of the network computing idea. Windows CE devices were going to wipe out the Psion and revolutionise the handheld. The amount of publicity and backing that CE got was staggering, but so far the mini-Windows operating system has had about the same impact on the IT industry as Fergie has on the world of children's books. Unlike Fergie, CE devices will do better next year. On the software front, Microsoft continued its policy of pre-announcing new products by a few years, and then delivering them a few years after the original delivery date. How's this for a New Year's resolution: "Microsoft intends to follow the excellent example set by the world's leading pizza companies, and pledge that if we deliver your software more than three months late, you get it free." See you in the New Year for more wishful thinking.
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