July 26, 2005
Dear CNET members,
Ten years ago, I was a cell phone sales rep selling first-generation digital phones that were not only clunky but made you sound like your conversation was taking place underwater. It was 1995 when I upgraded my computer to an Intel Pentium Pro and went from Windows 3.11 to Windows 95--not to mention paying through the nose for AOL online access by the minute. Why all the 10s and reminiscing? Well, if you haven't already heard, CNET just turned 10! For some, 10 years may seem like baby steps, but for an Internet company, we've come a long way, and we've watched technology transform the world. In honor of 10 years of the CNET community, CNET's editors and staff--including myself--are hitting the road, visiting 10 cities around the country with the Trade Up to the Future tour. So if you're in the neighborhood of our tour, swing by to trade in your old tech gear to benefit you and your local schools, enter drawings for cool tech prizes, and meet our editors to talk shop. I personally will be in these locations: Emeryville, California; South Austin, Texas; Frisco, Texas; and Braintree, Massachusetts. It would be my pleasure to meet some of our CNET community members face to face, so I hope to see you there.
While I'm reminiscing about the past, let's set the clock forward in time, to 10 years in the future and beyond. It's your turn to tell the tech companies exactly which product you want. So give us the specs, why it's needed, and what it's good for. We'll mock up your best ideas and tell the industry to get to work! So what's your dream gadget? Tell us now.
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As a part of the CNET 10-year celebration, we're focusing on the future of gadgets. The CNET community has already shared hundreds of innovative ideas on what products they'd like to see in the future.
Remember what you write
CNET member Vogon wants a writing device that works like a regular pen but also digitally records everything he writes down. At the end of the day, he'll hook the pen up to his PC's USB port and download it all into Microsoft Word.
Read Vogon's full post in Dream Gadgets
iTunes vending machines
You're at the airport, and you're sick of all the music stored on your MP3 player. In CNET member Mr Elusiv's future world, you can simply walk up to an iTunes vending machine, plug in your player, and pop in a dollar to purchase and download a refreshing new song.
Read Mr Elusiv's full post in Dream Gadgets
CNET member ArtLevy has dreamed up the ultimate all-in-one gadget he's dubbed Phonezilla. Equal parts cell phone, PDA, MP3 player, and wireless browser, he has some cool ideas on how to keep it all ultracompact.
Read ArtLevy's full post in Dream Gadgets
What fantasy gadget are you still waiting for? Read "Dream gadgets," then share your ideas. The best concepts will be mocked up and published on the site.
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CNET then and now
10 years of CNET videos
Here are some interesting comments you've recently submitted on CNET. Read up on it and talk about it.
Top 10 Web fads
Anything goes on the Web. From a Turkish guy who wants to kiss you to a dancing baby and hamster, the Web has had its share of icons and fads. See our 10 favorite, and tell us what your favorite Web fad is.
Top 10 tech we miss
Tech keeps evolving and improving. But not all tech that has fallen by the wayside has been bad tech. Check out our ode to our favorite bygone tech, and tell us what old tech you miss.
Top 10 tech of 1995
We launched CNET.com in June 1995 and hit the ground running, with reviews, news, and more. What were the top products we covered that year? Well, Windows 95 was a big deal, but that's not all. Take a trip down memory lane with the top 10 products of 1995, and tell us what tech you thought was cool in 1995.
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