Entelligence is a column by technology strategist and author Michael Gartenberg, a man whose desire for a delicious cup of coffee and a quality New York bagel is dwarfed only by his passion for tech. In these articles, he’ll explore where our industry is and where it’s going — on both micro and macro levels — with the unique wit and insight only he can provide.
It’s one of the hottest selling items in the consumer electronics market today. At a time when vendors are struggling to sell PCs, it’s the one category that has been selling consistently in Amazon’s top ten list of technology purchases. Apple and Sony have both dismissed the category, even as other vendors bring more models to market. Yes, I’m talking about the phenomenon called the netbook. Here’s why I think it’s going to be pretty short lived as a category.