Stupid Idea: CNET's Slowing Down the Netbook Train

The article “Slowing Down the Netbook Train” on CNET's Crave site illustrates exactly why so many normal people hate computer people. Netbook sales, the only bright spot in technology hardware the past year, should reach about 33 million units in 2009 (which CNET verifies). Intel and industry analysts are busy finding polite ways to call netbook buyers stupid for buying the small, light, inexpensive computing devices that do what they need to do.

Why try and stop the surge of netbooks? Because they're low margin items for most manufacturers. So the push is on now to “educate the stupid netbook buyers” away from what they like (my interpretation, not CNET's) to the “new” thing in laptops: CULV devices.

Here's another reason normal people hate geeks: what the hell does CULV mean to a normal person, and could the laptop geeks pick a stupider acronym? Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage laptops will appear this fall, and Intel and others hope this derails the netbook train.

Leave it to another batch of industry idiot vice presidents to actively try and kill the only growing hardware segment because of a new batch of chip goodies. Guess what, idiot vice presidents, buyers already have inexpensive “real” laptops to choose from on the market, and they keep buying netbooks.

Yo, CNET, let's try something radical. Let people buy the computing device that works best for them, and quit intimating they're just misguided and confused when they pick something you don't like. Try giving consumers and small businesses some credit for their ability to buy what they need rather than what you and Intel think is cool. It's not your netbook, it's theirs. People buying a netbook for portability won't care about the new CULV laptops that might do more but are bigger, harder to carry, and more expensive. People flock to netbooks for a reason.

Quit calling them stupid for having a different purchasing rationale than you. Let them buy a netbook, you buy a laptop, and everyone's happy.

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