Netbooks Are Under Fire
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But not in the way you might think. You see, the devices themselves aren’t in trouble – but in at least one case, the people who use the word are.
One netbook site has apparently just received a Cease and Desist letter from a UK firm that claims to have invented – and trademarked – the term netbook.
Psion introduced a very similar machine, the netBook, in the early 2000s. The Psion PDA line was in fact quite similar to the modern netbook, with the exception of its advanced operating system and some other features. The netBook has been discontinued but Psion still makes accessories for today’s machines.
They got mad at one netbook site and ordered it to stop using the word or face prosecution within 3 months.
Here’s a video about the Psion netBook, if you’re interested: