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Netbooks are about the users too, dummy!

Friday, November 28, 2008 by Dave Winer.

CNet: "If you've ever used a Netbook and used a 10-inch screen size -- it's fine for an hour. It's not something you're going to use day in and day out." Permalink to this paragraph

To which I say -- well hmm. I think the first part is right. And you will use your netbook every day, for about an hour or so, sounds just right. Inbetween things. Kind of the way you use an iPhone, but for people who like more of a computer. Permalink to this paragraph

A picture named sarahbook.jpgFor real work, I use a full setup with lots of hard drive space, and two big screens and comfortable seating.  Permalink to this paragraph

A netbook is for the coffee shop or airplane or subway ride. For watching a movie, checking email, updating Twitter, fast, mobile stuff. Permalink to this paragraph

But it's good that Intel is checking in with the users. And eventually I think netbooks will evolve into market-expanding machines. We're still in the first year of netbooks. Give it a chance. Permalink to this paragraph


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