A long time ago, I had a serious Be fetish. I wanted a BeBox. I thought the BeOS was the coolest operating system ever. I was sure that Be was going to change the world of personal computing, with a zippy, clean OS and pervasive support for multiprocessor boxes that would allow us to build computers with tons of really cheap processors and achieve absurd performance. Needless to say, Be hasn’t done all that well, and their story comes to a close with the sale of all of their intellectual property to Palm for a lousy $11 million. The company itself will cease to exist.