|FROM ||Ruben Safir
|SUBJECT ||Subject: :wq[NYLXS - HANGOUT] Has anyone else seen these]
|> On Tue, Feb 19, 2008 at 01:39:22AM -0500, Mark Simko wrote:
> > > BTW - this machine might be the Walkman of computers.
> > What do you mean by that?
> Prior to the walkman all portable sereos were bigger, louder and
> bulkier, needing bigger batteries and drawing more power.
> The Walkman revolutionized portable audio be understanding that the
> vast majority of people didn't need louder bigger portables, but lighter
> high quality usable designs. It sold by the billions.
> Laptops are functioning under the same problematic mindset. We don't
> need faster, more coplex and bigger laptops. We need smaller, better
> designed, more portable, less expensive laptops.
> This thing is exploiting a long overdue and needed remaker of the market
> and doing so with almost no marketing. They ARE selling like hotcakes.
> and nobody gives a shit if they have dual core 4 gighertz CPUs with
> 800 gigabyte drives. They care that they can slap them closed and toss
> them carelessly into their bookbag and take them for a job and make a
> phone call from them from a wireless hot spot.
Ah, I see.
I'd like to point out that the walkman was the first of that genre. That
is one reason why it is so recognizable, despite many knockoffs and the
eventual evolution into mp3 players like the ipod.
The eee pc is not the first of its kind. It does offer a great form
factor at a terrific price point.
Keep in mind that it does not fill all needs, but for certain niches, it
is perfect. I'm convinced I need a device like this. There is a Fujitsu
(I think Lifebook 1610) that offers a similar size plus it converts to
tablet form, but it runs windo$e and is significantly more expensive. So
expensive that I don't need it that much.
The $400 price point is great. I know that these types of devices (eee
pc and Cloudbook) will both go a long way toward making Linux more
I think there will be many more beginner LUGs popping up all over soon.