Is this the 'birthplace' of Netbook? Hahaha...
by wordtop - 7/9/09 10:51 AM
In Reply to: beautiful by gepis1976
i'm shopping for my 2nd Netbook, and was feeling a little nostalgic. so, searched for this thread, and - like bumping into an old friend again - the thread is still here!
'vision', 'triumph'... u had me thinking i was a little 'steve job' there for a while... i was tempted to title this page as "I'm the Father of Netbooks?" hahaha!! ;P
well, as a matter of fact, i DID email a summary of my comments in this post to a few computer manufacturers, including ACER, HP, Sony, Fujitsu etc. (a list of people i've sent my ideas to are listed at the bottom of this post, a little 'history' there)
i'm just glad that someone thought of it, and made the product. was it because of my ideas, directly or indirectly? that's something which can never be verified - nor does it matter anyway, so long as i've seen the product becoming a reality and success (and proven Bob wrong!!), and that they came up with a more catchy name for it than the clumsy 'wordtop'...
during my college days i always envied those who could afford to buy a laptop, especially those stylish, tiny ones (e.g. fujitsu's range). though i could afford to buy 1 for myself during grad school, it was almost as huge as the size of the tables in the lecture room... a hassle to carry around and i dont need half of the functions anyway (such as the CD-Rom) when i'm outside home.
now, with netbooks, it's not only convenient for me but i also see many people give them as affordable, stylish and practically beneficial gifts to their children, nephews and nieces who r just beginning college/even high school. it has really 'empowered' (perhaps a little strong) many younger people, especially lower-income college students.
but your superlative words do remind me of what i felt when i first saw a wide range of netbooks on display in the shopping mall last year... though it came later than i wished for, i told myself, "is this really happenning??"
yeah, i'll always wonder whether i had something to do with this, especially when i read stuff like this:
"The bottom line:
******Asus practically invented****** the Netbook market, and the Eee PC 1000HE is an overdue overhaul that offers a new CPU and great battery life, but misses some of the competition's bells and whistles."
people to whom i've emailed my ideas in 2006, and the relevant info of my emails/their replies (mostly automated) to my emails (somehow they r still in my inbox. i know this is over-the-top but i just thought of sharing a little piece of 'computer history' here?? ole ole...):
Re: Product Idea - WordtopFriday, August 4, 2006 11:04 AM
"Alan Stafford" <Alan_Stafford@pcworld.com>
Fujitsu PC Asia Request Confirmation (00264255)Saturday, July 29, 2006 5:00 AM
Re: VGN-X505ZP (KMM16189291I21924L0KM)Friday, August 4, 2006 8:42 AM
RE: Feedback to CEO and President Mark Hurd from J LMonday, August 7, 2006 1:01 PM
"External ceo-communication" <email@example.com>
RE: Dell Support Request: Other Question not listed #AutoReply# (KMM34701603I57L0KM)Tuesday, August 8, 2006 12:40 AM
Suggestions (KMM5117917I9552L0KM)Tuesday, August 8, 2006 12:42 AM
"Circuit City Email Response" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
'Need-Based' Computing - 'Wordtop'?Tuesday, August 8, 2006 12:41 AM
AIWebMaster@acer.com.tw, Acer_care_webmaster@acer.com.tw, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, "BestBuy.com Customer Care" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, "TigerDirect Comments & Suggestions" <email@example.com>,
can't remember if i had posted to Asus, though...
and the 'typical' content of my emails to these people:
"Maybe it's time the computer manufacturers start
revolutionising their approach to design and
production: Dont just produce what you think are the
best 'package' and expect the consumers to just accept
them. Start asking what kind of 'unfulfilled needs'
are there out there and then aim to fulfil them.
Ask not what you think is good for the consumers but
what the consumers really need from you. Stop
I wonder if any company has ever thought of developing
small notebooks which are very cheap, to cater for a
specific group of computer users - those who use
laptops mostly for WORD PROCESSING ONLY/MAINLY.
I know there are small/micro notebooks around, (such
as Fijitsu's P series, which have screens of roughly
8-10 inches wide) but they are too expensive. They
come with all sorts of functionality - DVD drive,
sophisticated sound and video display etc.
For many computer users, these features are seldom
used, and therefore unnecessary, honestly. People like
college students, journalists, lawyers, and those who
primarily use their laptops for word processing only
would seldom use their laptops for viewing DVD (they
can do it on their desktops) or listening to music
(they have MP3 for that). But these functionalities
add to the costs of the laptops (especially if small
laptops) tremendously, making it very expensive to
have small size notebooks.
For this group of users, it is too expensive for them
to buy a tiny notebook, not least because they dont
need most of the expensive features. So, it's simply
not worth it to buy an expensive small laptop for word
processing alone. (In fact, if you ask me, it's not
just about small laptops - ALL laptops are a waste of
money for this group of users.)
Some have suggested PDAs. But you cant see much in a
PDA. It's difficult when you are reading large
documents with many pages. Plus, the keyboard is
clumsy, you have to fold etc - an open-and-shut laptop
would be much more convenient.
Plus, PDAs nowadays are way too complicated, and
suffering from the same kind of 'excessiveness' as
full-funcion laptop - they have games, phone and even
camera, which are totally useless to a word-oriented
But PDA is the closet thing available: MS Office (plus
reading Pdf, and all the word-related programs you
need for paper-oriented jobs) + Internet browsing
would do for me, and I dont need phone, music or movie
functions. Again, I have home desktop (or home DVD
Theatre, for some) and portable mp3 player for those.
Actually, if PDA is feasible, why not just enlarge the
monitor a bit (into a half-A4 size) plus a complete
keyboard?? PDA proves that you can have:
- a small motherboard;
- windows OS and graphic display;
- a size smaller than the 'micro size' laptops;
- not-so-powerful processor and RAM;
- all at a much lower cost than a full-blown laptop!!
I'm sure if someone just buy some fairly out-dated
laptop technologies (e.g. barely 1G Hz processor, +
256 RAM would be more than enough for powerful,
efficient word-processing) and mix them into a
package, and then sell it at the price of less than
the medium range PDA, it sure can create a new niche
In fact, it could even be cheaper than a PDA, so long
as the FOCUS is direct, simple and not fancy, not
'distracted' (like PDA): A Need-Based/Specific
product, the need here being a very common one: WORD
processing/MS Office + internet. Keep the costs low,
so that even third world high school/college kids can
Perhaps you can add an external CD ROM drive too,
solely for reading programs (for repairing OS, MS
Office, and installing miscellaneous word-related
- Although, it is not for movie and music (because
adding them would blow the costs out of proportion for
Word Processing needs; but if you can do either one
(like music) for only a tiny increase in costs, why
- and it won't require you to make the motherboard
smaller (hence cheaper) to accomodate the CD ROM Drive
within the space allocated for the motherboard.
As for storage, a detachable 2GB easy drive would be
more than enough for word proccessing purposes. For
good measure, let's have 3-4 USB ports.
I honestly think that this product would cater for a
fairly common, specific need. Any takers?"
"as they say, the rest is history"??