All I Want for Christmas...
Some last-minute items for my wish list before I head off to three feet of powder in the mountains:
- A James Baker-style strategy transplant for Palm Inc. CEO Ed Colligan, who in reporting quarterly earnings last week said, "We're going to continue to evolve [the Palm] OS." (See Treo Delay Hits Palm Earnings.)
- A real understanding of what IMS is and why it matters. (See Cisco Kills Initial IMS Platform.)
- A municipal network that actually works as advertised.
- A year without hearing the phrase "a tipping point" (almost invariably misused).
- Some inkling of what Craig McCaw and Clearwire are going to do with the $400M or so he expects to pick up in an IPO, on top of the $900 million in venture funding pulled down by the wireless startup from Intel Capital and others. (See Clearwire Takes Another Cut at IPO.)
- An exit strategy for Visto Corp. and Seven Networks Inc. -- decent companies with little discernible future. (See Seven X $42M.)
- A reasonable PR effort from BlackBerry , the Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) of wireless companies when it comes to working with the press.
- A new national energy policy based on renewables and advanced technology.
- A cellular connection at my house outside Boulder.
- A new WiFi network for New Orleans... Oh yeah, they just got one from EarthLink Inc. (Nasdaq: ELNK)!
- Some serious attempts at innovation from the Big 4 carriers -- and no, announcing a big, hairy, expensive new WiMax network doesn't count, Gary Forsee. (See Sprint Goes WiMax.)
- Not to have to travel to Vegas in 2007.
- And would it be too much to ask for a realistic strategy for getting out of Iraq?
Aww, I guess so.
— Richard Martin, Senior Editor, Unstrung