The first week of the new year is nearly over and the festive season is officially at an end. If your marriage survived it, pat yourself on the back. This season of giving, a lot of couples gave each other divorces. And cut-rate divorces at that. This we learned from the people behind LegalStudio. The Hong Kong site provides warring couples with do-it-yourself divorces. Now we've all seen the sort of damage that Christmas can wreak on a relationship - the wife who dreamed of diamond earrings and instead got oven mitts. The husband who dreamed of the football match and instead got 'A Teletubby Christmas Carol'. Then there's the sexy lingerie Mr A gave to his secretary. And Mrs B's eggnog-fuelled lunge at the staff party's Chippendale elf. Let's face it, the holiday season is tough on relationships. So Lai See called up LegalStudio to find out what their traffic was like. Rather heavy, it transpires. About 700 malcontents dropped in to check out mate-ditching procedures. So on the family front, Hong Kong looks set to kick off 2001 with a spate of divorces. But what about the business front? Things look ominous there too. Hong Kong's marriage to the US dollar may be intact, but the uncertain US outlook doesn't bode well for the economy. Ah, how different it all looked this time last year. American Internet gods were riding up the Nasdaq while Hong Kong cyber kings ruled the GEM. But what does the future hold for technology stocks in 2001? To find out, we consulted Buddha. TechBuddha, that is. Its authors claim to offer 'an enlightened view of technology in Asia'. Lately, they've been mulling over the future of various forms of technology. After much meditation, they have uncovered the secret of accurately predicting the success potential of each form. Porn. 'The smart money is on smut as the driving force for media technologies,' say the TechBuddhists. 'If the technology is good for porn, it will conquer the world.' With this in mind, they introduced the 'Pornographer's Score for Technology' - PST for short. To earn a high score, devices must make pornography cheaper, more accessible, or more anonymous. Take the VCR - the only reason it swept to economic success was because it allowed smut aficionados to pursue their hobbies in the privacy of their own homes. Then there was cable TV. Apparently the Playboy channel was the source of cable's success. But it had one fatal flaw. Anyone who turned your television on could find out you'd paid for it, unmasking you as a smut addict. Good for accessibility, bad for anonymity. TechBuddha gave that one a PST score of six out of 10. Which brings us to the Internet. Bubble or no bubble, this represents the perfect technology. It can cater to any fetish. It is immediate, accessible and anonymous. TechBuddha described it as 'a perfect flower leading smut-hungry bees toward technology adoption' and gave it a 10. So there you go. Yesterday's gods of the new economy are today's virtual pimps. Prostitution may be the oldest profession, but techos are gambling that porn will be the longest lasting.