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

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