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:
NASA's Orion Flight Software Production Systems Manager Darrel G. Raines joins Planet Analog Editor Steve Taranovich and Embedded.com Editor Max Maxfield to talk about embedded flight software used in Orion Spacecraft, part of NASA's Mars mission. Live radio show and live chat. Get your questions ready.
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