Due to circumstances beyond our control, the management regrets to inform you that the diary is being written on Thursday, and thus it is impossible to say what happens on Friday. We could guess, but we'd be wrong. Next week, I'm in San Jose at the Intel Developers Forum. Expect lots of chip stories -- and a first-hand account of what it's like to be on the Left Coast on the first anniversary of September 11th. Usually, I rely on the twin defences of cynicism and marguerites to cushion the effects of Californian earnestness when I'm over there, but neither will be entirely appropriate this time. Hmm. And I'm not going to let the fact I'm flying back on Friday 13th affect my steely rationalist demeanour one little bit. See you next week. I hope. To have your say online click on TalkBack and go to the ZDNet UK forums.