Originally posted by Jim Yingst: Applets. The next big thing - trust me.
Well, you could be more right that you think. One of the reasons that applets are not so popular at the moment is because it's a hassle to download and install Java. Sun is at work to make the JRE download more lightweight, so that the Java browser plug-in is just as quick and easy to install as the Adobe Flash plug-in. That, and JavaFX Script, might make applets much more popular in the future.