I agree with pete. ePods hacking will be going on for a long time. It is too nice of a platform for people to simply discard. I think that many of the "jump on the bandwagon" people will drift away. The same thing happened with the i-Openers. If you have checked out the i-Opener board lately there have been some great ideas lately. I've recently done the latest touchscreen and DC-DC regulator hacks.
I plan on completing my ePods docking bases once I get the engine parts and oil off my woodworking tools. I still think that someone will figure out how to get a PIM running on the ePods (the key has got to be in the registry entries). Someday I hope to get around to making a schematic of the audio out section. Maybe with some better op-amps and some tuning this thing will be able to make sweet music.
There is also the possibility of some great software to be written. A coworker and myself have been talking about using Altia and Rhapsody to create a custom front end for a home automation system. It might take us a year or two to do it, but it will eventually get done.
Nope, the ePods aren't dead.
PodPeople: I would love to see a WinCE3 image leaked. Even if it wasn't any better than what we have, it would stop the speculation. I would volunteer to put together a "group buy" for an CE3 prototype, but I'm probably too "public" for such a clandestine activity. However, I would be willing to make a donation to a nonprofit activity <g>.
Electronics run on smoke, if you let the smoke out they won't work