Forbes looks ahead to 2004

Forbes editors and writers look ahead:

Quentin Hardy: “For all the focus on big companies and large themes like on-demand computing, small companies will flourish.”

Arik Hesseldahl: “Gateway, Hewlett-Packard or one of the other big PC retailers will buy an established brand name in the consumer electronics business.”

Rich Karlgaard: “For the first time in years, it will be fun to be a CIO in a large company.”

Stephen Manes: “When it comes to security, Microsoft’s wares are so utterly hopeless that hackers and spammers will maintain the upper hand.”

Penelope Patsuris: “The race to pack digital cameras into ever-smaller shiny metal packages will wind down. Credit-card sized cameras won’t go away, but look for photography’s digerati to start beefing up more than the megapixel count.”

Bruce Upbin: “I see a great unplugging coming. People are drowning in data trying to keep up with their digital selves.”

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