As yet another year dawns, technology once again promises to make our lives easier than they ever have been before.
Although your computer won't be doing all your work for you in 1999, it's going to come pretty close. Already, Web users have become complacent as their favorite browsers, add-ons and services have been beefed up with the ability to download information and Web pages without ever having to surf the Web. The news and data you've requested automatically appear on your screen. Soon, instead of typing, you'll find yourself barking commands at your computer with the help of voice-recognition software.
The software that runs your computer is set to make some impressive leaps as well--with the easy-to-program Java showing up everywhere and a new version of Microsoft NT making its appearance, too.
Cassandra Cavanah is a Los Angeles freelance writer who has reported on the computer industry for 10 years.