Before we look ahead to next year, it's time to revisit this year's predictions with the usual jeers and cheers. If you missed them then, you can click here for a recap.
To summarize: I went 2 for 3.
Here you go.
Wrong: Oracle buys part of Hewlett-Packard
With more than 300,000 employees and countless divisions, I thought HP CEO Meg Whitman would realize that the company is simply too big to succeed and predicted she'd make a splash by dumping the ill-performing assets. She certainly made a splash, but not in the way that I thought. HP surprised nearly everyone this year with an incredible 89 percent gain as of this writing (not enough to keep it from getting booted from the Dow, however). Speaking of HP and Oracle, keep an eye on this: A recent report came out that Oracle is making a multiyear deal to partner up with HP. It's certainly not a sale of part of the company, but at least the two former rivals are now talking and making headlines together.
(More predictions: Amid tech growth, one giant will stumble)