- Landlines will be phased out (see other thread) in lieu of VoIP for home, and cellular (duh), so funds that are by law forced to go towards maintaining landlines will be used to improve broadband. Landlines will be expensive as hell if you still want one.
Related quote from another site: "15 years ago, they tried to sell cell phones on the idea they were good in case of an emergency. Today, they try to sell land lines on the idea they are good in case of an emergency."
- Your home internet will be billed based on usage. Someone who uses, for example, a Comcast standard cable connection to check email and surf the web should not pay as much as someone who downloads terabytes worth of torrents/music/etc monthly.
- Radio Shack will disappear. I went in there today to grab some HDMI cables and the store is filled with shitty cell phones, overpriced cables, stupid gadgets that nobody really wants (white noise generators, anyone?) and rebranded crappy electronics. Years ago the 'Shack was the place to go for cool electronics shit, and specialty stuff like resistors and such. Now they don't stock them, and the average hobbyist just goes online for that sort of thing anyway.
- HTML/CSS and general text-based internet will be old school, and new websites/applications will use compiled software that runs solely on the server. Think VNC/RDP on a bigger scale. Connections are getting faster, so you can push much bigger applications over the average person's connection.
- JSON will be the language of choice for armchair coders instead of Perl. Look at it's spec, it fits on a single page.
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I agree with points 1, 2, and 4.
I don't think Radio Shack will go away anytime soon. Eventually, I'm sure, but there are still too many tinkerers who run up to Radio Shack for electronics parts. The ones around here stock pretty much everything. Also, they have changed their business model.
As with #5, I don't know... I know a lot of the stuff we do is based on Python scripting, and I only see it getting more involved.