Sorry to be so blunt, but wtf is the big deal if I have to download it myself? As a SysAdmin, I actually much prefer that systems don't come with Flash pre-installed. First off it is a security hazard; it seems like the Windows version has an update every other week. Secondly, there are absolutely scenarios where I wouldn't want Flash on my system - this saves me the step of disabling it before locking down the system and deploying it. Third, if you install Windows XP *gasp* you have to go download the latest version of Flash. I haven't bothered to check to see if this is the case with Windows 7, so I won't comment on that. I much prefer to install only the software I want vs. having a bunch of 3rd party junkg pre-installed.
narramissic writes "In a recent blog post, Josh Fruhlinger muses on the possibility of 3G radio receivers turning up in future Mac notebooks (as foretold by Apple job postings and the mention of WWAN hardware in Snow Leopard beta releases). 'At first glance,' says Fruhlinger, 'this seems like a reasonably awesome idea.' But will the target market be willing to take on the additional telecom charge? 'And, more to the point,' he says, 'most of us have gotten accustomed to the idea of one Internet connection per household, shared with a wireless router. The latter idea could be covered by a router that connects to the Internet over a 3G connection — something like the MiFi hotspot. It wouldn't surprise me if Apple had such a thing in the pipeline, an Airport station (Airport Mobility?) that didn't need to be plugged into the wall. That would explain the search for 3G experts, anyway.'"