I was reading up on the new USB 3.0 when I noticed something: Despite knowledge about FireWire and FW 3200 and admission that it is a better protocol, all of them said it looked like FW is on its way out. Most telling, the writers pointed to the MacBook as proof that FW is fading! This article predicts USB3 and eSATA pushing out FW http://arstechnica.com/old/content/2007/09/intel-announces-demonstrates-usb-3-0.ars So, now we could have an addition to the VHS vs. Betamax, HDVD vs Blu-Ray, and Macintosh vs. Windows. Only that Apple potentially will lose TWICE. Is the fate of FW to be "betamaxed"? Regardless, I will continue to buy FW equipment, and every computer I buy will have FW on it, PC or Mac (of course there may be a point in the future where it will not be possible any more). I also TEACH all my friends about FW and why it is better then USB for external drives. To Apple: I am disappointed in your decision. FireWire can run rings around USB2, can do video streaming, DVD burning, audio streaming, all at the same time, and I bet it can also be a USB2 bridge (FW > USB > USB peripheral) at full USB2 speed and power.