"My Computer", "My Documents" and "My Network Places" will soon be things of the past when Microsoft cunningly and inventively replaces them with "Computer", "Documents" and "Network" when Longhorn technology replaces the current generation of Windows operating systems. Yes, brilliant minds at Microsoft have decided to drop the "My" prefix to certain desktop icons and folders, finally assuming that users are clever enough to realise that these things DO belong to them after all.

The My prefix may have been intended to help new users more easily recognize items in their computing environment. But with so many people using computers today, the term seems unnecessary.

But "My" will live on beyond Microsoft, beyond Bill Gates's influence and wealth. The search engine and portal site Yahoo features My Yahoo, while Google recently debuted My Search History. There's My eBay for auctioneers, and MyFlorida.com for state residents there.