The great thing about gadgets is they ain't the markets.It's not like we don't know what's going to happen: It simply takes too long for electronics to go from the lab to the store for there to be many surprises. The trick with gadgets is keeping track of it all: Intel ( INTC) is making movies. Cisco ( CSCO) is making desk phones. Microsoft ( MSFT) is making video games, and a million other companies are making a million other whatevers. It is devilishly easy, particularly when you are spending real money, to lose track of what's what. The secret is to plan ahead. Here, then, is my list of the top tech things you will do -- and will not do -- in 2007. 1. You will never step foot in a big-box retailer again. This is the uber-trend for shoppers of means in the coming year. Blissfully, we are seeing the limits of mega-retailers in electronics. Circuit City ( CC), Wal-Mart ( WMT), Best Buy ( BBY) and other large-box stores are getting their businesses hammered by thin margins on displays and other gadgets. And the much-beleaguered manufacturer's brand is looking to take advantage of the big-box woes. Taking their cue from Apple Computer's ( AAPL) eponymous store, most major electronics brands now have their own retail presences both online and off. These are marvelous places to shop for gadgets. Just check out the
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