Farhad Manjoo for Slate:
If you study the PC industry over the past five years, you find only one company that had the means, motive, and opportunity. Apple killed the netbook, more or less single-handedly, and we should all be grateful for it.
Turns out, there were only two problems with netbooks:
1) Using them was a shitty experience.
2) Selling them was a shitty business.
Shocking that they ultimately failed. (And that Apple was right for not getting into the business in the first place.)