I love this idea from Shai Agassi (of SAP fame) who is aiming to create the largest electric car company in the world. Basic concept is that you’ll pay for the electricity, not the car. Much like a phone. Sounds silly? Not when you consider this:
The cost of the average used car in Europe is now cheaper than the cost of gasoline to drive it for a year.
Paying hommage to Chris’ “Long Tail”, he’s got a blog called The Long Tailpipe.
When will the same be true for computers. The amount I spend on services – internet, basic SaaS apps, wifi roaming… comes close to, or exceeds, the cost of an entry-level notebook.