Just downloaded the new Google sidebar software and am playing with its Weblog aggregation features. It installed and started doing useful things within about 2 minutes. Yet another impressive showing from our former classmates and students. In other computer news, Dell is now offering laptops for $499. These aren’t nearly as good as IBM’s $599 laptop in some ways (only 1/4 GB instead of 3/4 GB; no built-in wireless; on the other hand it does come with a CD burner/DVD combo drive) but it is nice to see the $500 threshold cracked.
[One wonders if it is a good time to short Apple stock. A Macintosh is not only 2X the price of one of these IBM or Dell laptops but it can’t run any of the software being put out by the world’s most innovative software company (Google; all of their stuff has been Windows-only so far). If MP3 jukebox prices start to fall and iPod-like devices become a commodity like all other portable music players, it might be “game over” for Apple shareholders.]