The new Intel SSDs look revolutionary from a performance perspective. When Moore's law has switched everybody over to them in, oh, say, 5 years time, our PCs will go quiet.
I'm 99% positive that's a good thing, but there may be one unintended side-effect: a lot of software bugs are discovered by ordinary users noticing the hard disk bubbling away annoyingly (e.g. this one). Developers can always use some kind of IO-monitoring tools to get the same information, but these won't be in place during the day-to-day usage required to trigger some of these bugs. Hearing the hard disk thrashing is often the first sign that something is going wrong.
Dear lazyweb: please write an audio-output plugin for iostat!