By 2010 netbooks will have enough performance and software to be "good enough" for most people. They are small and light enough that you can throw them in a briefcase, purse or backpack instead of needing a separate piece of luggage. They actually fit on airline tray tables. With an ARM processor they can run all day on a charge. With an ARM and an eInk display they can run for weeks. With an earpiece and Skype, you (in principle) won't even need a cell phone anymore. There will still be a market for high-end machines for compute intensive applications and video games, but for most people netbooks will be "good enough". Here's an amusing take on the subject:
Replay available now: A handful of emerging network technologies are competing to be the preferred wide-area connection for the Internet of Things. All claim lower costs and power use than cellular but none have wide deployment yet. Listen in as proponents of leading contenders make their case to be the metro or national IoT network of the future. Rick Merritt, EE Times Silicon Valley Bureau Chief, moderators this discussion. Join in and ask his guests questions.