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The original netbooks were a lot closer to that than the jokes being sold to fools today. ASUS really screwed the pooch on that one, they practically invented a new form factor that was wildly popular and had all sorts of potential for breaking from the death grip of Microsoft. But instead of forging ahead and building something like Android or iOS, they switched to a castrated version of Windows. As a result the netbook went nowhere and the iPad became the revolution.