I'd bet anything you've never heard of Andrew Grygus or his company Automation Access. That's about to change. Back on February 23rd, Grugus posted an editorial titled "2003 and Beyond -- Technology trends that will affect your business and how you do business." You can find Grygus' editorial on the Automation Access site at http://www.aaxnet.com/editor/edit029.html Predicting the future is almost always a fool's errand [flying car, anyone?] But, using research and news articles from hundreds of different sources, Grygus wrote an 50+ page editorial that offers an in-depth, ten year look at information technology in general and Microsoft in specific. As Gryus notes, This article is a guide to trends that are already in full motion and well known by technology specialists, but are far from obvious to most business managers. I take exception with Grygus calling "2003 and Beyond" an article. It isn't an article, it's an editorial. Granted, it's an exceptionally well researched editorial [the bibliography is *ELEVEN* pages long], but it's an editorial nonetheless. Grygus adds that Much of this article deals specifically with Microsoft and Microsoft's future. This is inescapable, because Microsoft is a huge part of the information industry - and aspires to being all of it. And therin lies the problem. The last seven words of that quote show that Grygus isn’t particularly a lover of Microsoft, and he allows his anti-Microsoft, pro-Open Source/UNIX viewpoint to seep into his "article" from time to time. In more than one place in his editorial, Grygus is long on accusation and short on substantiation. All that aside, Grygus' "2003 and Beyond" is one of the most important things I have read in a LONG time. It's no "Crime and Puzzlement," mind you, but "2003 and Beyond" does give a frightening and eye- opening look at Microsoft's public plans over the next decade. Here is a small example of why I think Grygus' 50+ page editorial is a must-read: The successor to Windows XP (due in 2004, and rapidly slipping to 2005) is currently code named Longhorn, and it will not be compatible with your existing software, hardware or methods. Microsoft has already stated that backward compatibility will not be a design feature. Here's another one: Office 2003 and Windows Sever 2003 will include a Rights Management Services feature for document security. ... If Microsoft can convince businesses to use this feature, Office 2003 documents will be completely unreadable by OpenOffice / StarOffice, WordPerfect Office, Lotus, and by all older versions of Microsoft Office, forcing a total upgrade of Windows, Office and the computers it runs on. If your reaction to either of these quotes is "whoa!" -- or if you are in ANY way, shape, or form involved with computers and information technology -- you NEED to take an hour out of your day and read Andrew Grygus "2003 and Beyond" . Regardless of whether you agree with Grygus' anti-Microsoft rhetoric and conclusions, I promise that "2003 and Beyond" is an eye-opening editorial. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ TTFN Vic "To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ --- Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free. Checked by AVG anti-virus system (http://www.grisoft.com). Version: 6.0.459 / Virus Database: 258 - Release Date: 25/02/2003 To unsubscribe from this list send an email to pcductape-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field OR by logging into the Web interface.