I’m a big fan of netbooks. They’re small, light, and incredibly easy to work with. I’m usually typing my columns on my desktop with the most comfortable keyboard I’ve used, the Logitech G11; or I’m on a laptop, usually a 15.6” model and lets be honest – they’re not exactly light. I usually have to sit up to use the damn things on a bed. I can’t use one away from the wall for more than three hours without worrying about charging it.

And the problem now is that “industry analysts” across the waters on a strange land in America predict that tablets will eat up the netbook market this and next year, causing manufacturers to second-guess their target market and look at their portfolio a little harder. If you hobble over to the Prophecy site and check out their netbook section, many of the models are out of stock – now I’m not saying that’s indicative of the current market right now, but it’s a pretty sad sign if there’s any truth to it.