- PCs are wildly unstable.
- Macs are wildly overpriced.
- PCs are great gaming platforms.
- Macs are great in the media business.
- PCs are used by everyone.
- Mac owners are the sort of people who bought Betamax in the 80s.
All true. But we're rapidly hitting the point of who cares? I first tried Linux last year, having avoided it for almost a decade, and my fear was largely based upon nerdy and frankly obstinate Unix administrators I'd worked with in the past, who absolutely hated regular people...
Anyway, I played with Ubuntu Linux (ridiculously unmarketable names are all the rage in Open Source, apparently) and it was easy. I didn't have to pipe my grep or tail any log files or any of that nonsense and it quickly brought an old laptop back up to speed. I promptly that donated to my mother, and it didn't have endless updates, scanners, viruses and monitoring tools that typically confuse and worry the hell out of her, and result in many calls to the only technical member of the family. She managed to use it straight away for checking email, using Skype and all the things the crazy silver surfers do.
So fast forward a few months to heady days of December 2008: I bought a new Dell and got one of those crazy deals where $800 got me a super fast new PC with a monitor that redefines photorealism, and a free Mini thrown in. And this is very much like the first free hit the drugdealer gives you because I've been hooked on it ever since. The PC and Mac people have no idea what they're missing.
The Mini has no hard disk, it's tiny and - drumroll - it lasts 5 hours on plane without needing a charge. I run almost my entire life in a browser, as part of a challenge to get to web 3.0 before anyone else, and when all you need is Firefox, this little computer is the way forward. It's the only computer I've ever owned where people ask me about it, and I've started to become one of those cloud computer/open source evangelists that bore the living crap out of anyone who will listen. You should ask me about it sometime when you a day free.
So if the PC is the funny guy from The Daily Show, and the Mac is the trendy kid from Live Free and Die Hard, I guess the Netbook is more like the TX from Terminator 3 - small, nimble, under the radar, and going to start taking over other machines.