I know I've been a bad boy this year, but please consider
the following list.
1) New home brewing kit, complete with GTE full sized stand up
energy efficient spacesaver fridge so I can fit two 5-gallon kegs
in there with the taps sitting out the side.
2) Gate's head on a platter. I'm not a cannibal, but I'm willing to
learn. Put an apple in his mouth too, for the poetic angle.
3) A stupid laptop that performs like a pII, has a 15" active matrix
screen, is lighter than 5 pounds, and can play a good GLQuake game
over the IR port (so the flight attendants don't trip over the
cable) with battery life that doesn't quit out playing it 3/5ths of
the way through a stupid flight from OC into San Jose or SF including
traffic and spilled drinks.
4) An object model and technology that a) runs over HTTP, b) allows methods
to be written in multiple programming and scripting languages, c) storage
of the state and behavior independently at different places around the net,
d) dyanmic switching, declaration, polymorphism, inheritance, e) decentralized
tracking, control, versioning, composition, f) lightweight and
componentized, g) fail-safe, h) fast, i) embedded, built-in networking,
j) embedded built-in access control, k) reflexive, i.e. has the means to
reason about itself and adapt, including distributed annotation
and rationale, including adaptive interaces i) mobile, l) better than
having sex in the backseat of an Abrahm's Battle tank, i.e. better than
fucking with than CORBA.
p.s. You can't get good RC5 stats off of Infoworld.