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Netbooks Have Arrived Big Time. How Do We Know That?

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netbooksWhen a gadget, a celebrity, a business, a politician, or anything else starts getting as much negative publicity and analysis as it does positive ink you know it has arrived and is a force to be reckoned with.   There’s an old rule in show business that unless someone is taking potshots at you, you don’t amount to much. Using that rule of thumb, Netbooks have not only arrived, they may have conquered.

Increasingly over the last few months, while Netbooks have continued to sell, we’ve seen the nattering nabobs of negativism begin to crank up, along with some serious and well thought out analysis. On some days we’ve seen contradictory headlines that say Netbook sales are booming and faltering. We’ve seen some who thought Netbooks were akin to the second coming begin to reverse course after using them for awhile. We’ve seen headlines and stories that say Netbooks are doomed to fail. We’ve seen manufacturers who have pushed hard to make Netbooks go, back off and say they aren’t real computers that real users would want. We’ve got fanboys and we’ve got the ‘not here, not anytime’ crowd. We’ve seen lawsuits over the monkier Netbook. (Another rule of thumb, when they unleash the lawyers to come after you, you’ve scored big.)

All of this is natural in the way the world and human nature works, but the fact that both sides of the coin are coming up these days only proves one thing: Netbooks have not only arrived, they have arrived big time.

Warner Crocker is a professional theatre director, producer and playwright and also a Tablet PC enthusiast. He is also a Microsoft MVP for Tablet PCs. Send email to Warner. You can follow him on Twitter or Google+

6 Comments

  1. Rob

    07/17/2009 at 7:21 am

    The same can’t be said for tablets, though.

  2. Warner Crocker

    07/17/2009 at 7:33 am

    @Rob. How true and how sad.

  3. TateJ

    07/17/2009 at 7:33 am

    Sad but true

  4. Sacha Pallenberg

    07/17/2009 at 7:33 am

    Bullseye Warner. This is by far the best explanation of this phenomena and it didn’t take you 5000 words to communicate it to your readers cause it’s that simple.
    Netbooks will evolve cause the consumers want it. We can discuss for ages why and how and if this device makes sense. At the end of the day, the market gives the answer:

    http://www.displaysearch.com/cps/rde/xchg/displaysearch/hs.xsl/071309_mini_note_netbook_shipments_to_double_y_y_to_more_than_30m_units_in_2009.asp

  5. CLC

    07/17/2009 at 9:27 am

    That’s because the vast majority of users mostly use their computers for websurfing. All the average user really needs is a browser, photo app, music/video app, and maybe a document app. That’s basically it.

  6. Paul Harrigan

    07/18/2009 at 10:28 pm

    Nittering Nabobs of Negativism, indeed!

    That brings back old — pre-netbook, even — times.

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