Today's my 28th birthday. 10 Years ago I saw myself living in a big house, having no money worries, and enjoying my life as a computer programmer solving the world's problems.
Well ... one out of three ain't bad.
On to the world of exciting challenges ... Intel's PC Design Challenge!
In the spirit of the X-Prize-style challenges, Intel is hosting an open PC Design challenge to anyone that thinks they can make the next best thing out there. Contestants have a month from March 19th to submit their computer design and let the internet community vote on the machines they like the most. There are some basic technical requirements that need to be met (CPU type, motherboard requirements, case size, etc.), but it's pretty open.
What I really like about this contest is the wide array of excellent designs. Some of the machines that have been submitted are the very designs that consumers have been looking for. This one, for example, would be perfect to replace my existing media server. I think this could be another kick-start opportunity for the Michael Dell's of the world and their little-known companies. Of course you have the big corporate guys like Acer in the running with their sleek little machines and I wish them all the best of luck.
This summer could be the start of something great for the little guys.