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Worldwide shipments of mobile computers will match those of desktops this year - and it's all thanks to the Asus Eee PC and its ilk. So said Intel mobility chief Dadi Perlmutter yesterday at the chip giant's bi-annual Developer Forum. But while that's good news for the Atom chip family, it's less pleasing for the folk behind …

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Agggh! Why does no one remember Psion?

I'm so tired of people saying that the eeePC has revolutionised laptops. No one remembers the Psion netBook? Released in 1999/2000, the size of an eeePC but with a bigger screen, better keyboard, longer battery life (8/9 hours) and more responsive software. Okay, it was expensive, but that's besides the point. The artcle says 'what Intel calls "netbooks" '. Well I think that phrase was well and truly coined almost 10 years ago. The world wasn't ready for Psion (or vice versa) but we could at least give them some credit!

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re psion

that was a funny machine... but What I would love is a Psion 5, but with a colour screen and a nipple along with the touchscreen :) the dimensions (from memory) wernt too dissimilar to my eeeeee - that would be scc nirvana!!

I personally think th netbook thing is a bit of a fad... yes, they are excellent... and yes I do have one (and another as soon as the nano powered HP comes out - yes i can dream!) but I also have 2 laptops and a tablet - deciding on which to use depends on what im doing...

most 'normal' people will end up with a netbook as an incentive from somewhere, use it for a bit and then get bvored with either the linux interfase, or the slowness of windows after a while... case in point... one of my clients ended up with a beautiful Sony TX laptop from his insurance company - lovely machine, the best SEC (small expensive computer) out there, after everyone had finished oohing and ahhing over the dimensions, its ended up in a cupboard as the 1ghz or so single core processor just isnt what heis used to!

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