This month's Wired has a great story on the history of Netbooks and the reasons they've become so popular. Price is definitely a chief one, and here's a perfect example: Buy.com has a refurbished Asus Eee PC 900 Netbook for $179.99 shipped.
As you might expect given that impulse-buy price, this model is pretty bare-bones: 512MB of RAM, a 4GB solid-state drive, and a Linux operating system.
Of course, for tasks like e-mail, Web browsing, and other online stuff, that's more than enough horsepower. If you routinely work "in the cloud," you … Read more