Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 6th May 2010 19:20 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Lies, damned lies, and statistics. A really annoying overused catchphrase which sadly happens to be an adequate description of a story which appeared on Fortune's website, in which a Morgan Stanley report is quoted as saying that the introduction of tablet computers - the iPad specifically - have caused netbook sales to plummet. It seems like the researcher in question, however, needs to learn how to read her own graphs.
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History repeating
by Christian Paratschek on Thu 6th May 2010 21:11 UTC
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Apple always claims that their products as revolutionary, super awesome, whatever. It is only marketing (or hot air, if you will).

I remember when the released the Macbook Air. What a big craze that was... And how many have I seen in real life since? Not a single one.

Apple does have some very successful products, like the Macbook, the Iphone and the Ipod.

But I have a strong feeling in my guts that this Ipad thingy will remain a niche player like the Air...

Edited 2010-05-06 21:12 UTC

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RE: History repeating
by google_ninja on Fri 7th May 2010 01:50 in reply to "History repeating"
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Just finished reading this, its at the top of hacker news atm

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RE[2]: History repeating
by vivainio on Fri 7th May 2010 05:28 in reply to "RE: History repeating"
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Quote from that article:

I don't think I'll be buying any more desktops going forward. I don't think I'll even be buying any more laptops going forward.

They've all been largely obsoleted (at least at my home) by a sleek $499 device that doesn't really have any right to be called a "computer" in the traditional sense.

Now, you can all start yelling how his case is untypical, or why it wouldn't apply to you, or whatever.

Or, you can accept that yes, tablets are a nifty "new" product that we'll all end up having sooner or later. It moves the economy forward and creates interesting buzz in tech industry, why should we be complaining? (except, of course, about the first entry to this new wave of tablets coming from Apple).

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