Canaries used to be taken into coal mines to detect accumulations of explosive gases. In the world of IT, the canary is an upstream supplier of components used to build gadgets. iSuppli has detected a huge oversupply of big RAM for those hair-driers. People are buying small cheap computers with a lot less RAM in them. Price drops for RAM are predicted to be about half over 2011 and two thirds since 2010. Meanwhile, RAM for mobile devices continues to ramp upwards. This does not bode well for Wintel which is anchored to hair-driers.