Name Your Present!
What do you want for the holidays?
Sure, we all want peace on Earth and goodwill to our fellow meat-puppets, that's a given. We're good people. We like that kind of stuff.
What thing do you want?
What gadget or service are you spoiling for, and why?
And here's another question: What still-unavailable gadget or service do you crave? In other words, what can't you do that you want to do? What unfilled gap is there that product-makers are missing? What is the minivan of the digital age -- a huge, pent-up market that no one but Chrysler recognized?
As for me, maybe this sounds wonky, but I'd like more access. I'd like for all the licensing and rights-holder issues to be vaulted. I'd like, for instance, to have watched that West Virginia University vs. Mississippi State football game back in October that was not broadcast nationally, broadcast on pay-per-view or even streamed on ESPN. I have been taught to expect everything when I want it. And when I can't get it, I'm like a dumb animal that's had a fence erected in front of it: I just keep butting up against it, stupefied. (For the record, I was forced to pay $20 for a year-long subscription to the Mississippi State sports audiocast just to listen to that one football game. Man, am I looking forward to those Bulldog baseball games in the spring!)
What's on your holiday wish list? Use the comments section below to discuss.
Today In The Post:
* Be careful if you open the wrong virtual Christmas package in your new video game, Mike Musgrove reports.
* Gift cards go high-tech, Ylan Q. Mui reports. New gift cards can play music like MP3 players or video, like DVDs.
* The major record labels have stepped up their attack on Russian music download site AllofMP3.com, which sells songs -- just like iTunes -- but, unlike iTunes, does not pay royalties to music companies. The major labels are suing the site.
* A look inside the popular Wii gaming console's motion-sensitive controls.
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