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July 15, 2009 / jadettman

Early Adopter No More

I used to be an early-adopter. In fact, I still have the early-adopter instinct. I constantly covet the new, shiny, and untested technology. This instinct has resulted in my ownership of a camera that records pictures on a 3.5 floppy disk which, now that I own a iMac, is largely useless to me. Though, in retrospect, there actually aren’t too many instances where this has happened.

My latest temptation, though, is the Touchbook by Always Innovating.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am in the market for a netbook. Since nearly everything I do with my current laptop involves using the internet, a good netbook would work quite well as a portable replacement for me. (My laptop suffers from a dead battery and the unfortunate tendency to get so hot that it spontaneously shuts down on me. I could buy a new battery but that wouldn’t solve the over-heating problem.)

The Touchbook has a number of interesting features such as the detachable keyboard and a touch-screen. I don’t need a touch-screen netbook for anything I work on, really, but I still find it quite tempting. Oh, and it runs Linux too, so it meets one of my requirements.

What’s stopping me from buying this tempting little piece of equipment is that it is completely unproven. It’s shipping with beta software and, as far as I’m aware, the first instance of the ARM chip used in a netbook. So, rather than following my instinct and pre-ordering a Touchbook, I’m going to wait and see what kind of reviews it gets.


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