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The new breed of netbooks

Posted by Miranda on April 3, 2009

In today’s NY Times an article on the new netbooks caught my eye. Netbooks of course have become the newest cool tool. However they are still a couple hundred bucks. These, using cellphone chips, are much cheaper than that.

The cellphone-chip makers argue that the ARM-Linux combination is just fine for a computer meant to handle e-mail, Facebook, streaming video from sites like YouTube and Hulu, and Web-based documents.

Freescale, for example, gave free netbooks to a group of 14- to 20-year-olds and watched what happened. “They would use it for Internet access when eating breakfast or on the couch, or bring it to class for taking notes,” said Glen Burchers, the director of consumer products marketing at Freescale.

A lot of people I know are spending a lot of money on laptops when they never use them for anything more than email and Facebook, such overkill.

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