TUAW has a couple good ideas for Apple and this one echoes exactly my thoughts:
“Remember the big stink when Apple eliminated removable batteries in their MacBook line? For all the uproar, how did Apple’s bold move actually pan out? The people who thought they couldn’t live without the option to have an extra battery on hand are doing just fine. A lack of an optical drive on future MacBooks will have the same effect — real world usability will not be hindered at all, and the absence of said drive will lead to thinner, lighter, and more power-efficient MacBooks.”
Comment: Not to mention the fact that those who need optical drives can buy modular hardware that will solve their woes. That way they can decide whether they need the drive case by case.
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.