Cringley has some interesting things to say about Apple’s announced iTV strategy. He makes a big deal out of using iTV to bring video-based iChat to the living room TV set and talks some trash in Redmond’s direction.

What’s funny about this to me is that I have my Mini set up with my old Firewire iSight for just this purpose, and we use it to talk to my folks at least once a week. It works great, but it’s not a mindblowing extension of the technology by any means. Despite that, I think Cringley’s argument, that Apple is aiming to capture the base platform for convergence, possibly by integrating their tools into the sets themselves, makes a great deal of sense.