Top 20 Tech and Channel Trends of 2009

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    Lawrence Walsh

    | Posted 2010-01-04

3. Rise of the Netbook

When they first appeared, they looked more like those empty e-mail devices from the early part of the decade. But their low cost, light weight, long battery life and "good enough" capabilities first caught on with consumers and then among business users. From a few manufacturers to a full array of PC brands– Dell, HP, Acer, Asus, MSI, Samsung, Toshiba and, perhaps soon, Apple and Google – now offer netbooks. These small devices aren’t PCs, but who needs standard hard drives and optic drives when there’s cloud services and ubiquitous wireless connectivity? Netbooks are quickly becoming human portals to the cloud.

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Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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