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Cloud

Netbooks, Notebooks and Cloud Computing

My response to the Are netbooks quietly driving us toward cloud computing? article turned into an article in its own right: I’ve been saying for a long time that netbooks and cloud computing are intrinsically linked – indeed we developed something akin to a nettop 5 or 10 years ago at Australian Online Solutions but […]

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Trademarks

Lessons learnt the likely loss of the “netbook” trademark

Reposted from the Save the Netbooks Blog: There’s a number of things that Psion could have done to avoid losing the “netbook” trademark. For a start, trademarks relate to a specific class of goods or services. The “netbook” mark #75215401 is just for “laptop computers”, as in the devices themselves. When Psion stop selling the […]

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Cloud Trademarks

Conspiracy theories about Intel’s role in the “netbook” craze

The last few days working on Save the Netbooks have been enlightening to say the least. It’s surprising that something as mundane as a moniker for a generic class of laptops can be an outlet for the conspiracy theorists, but Mark “Sumocat” Sumimoto (the “Father of Ink Blogging” – which is interesting in itself) at […]

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Trademarks

Blogger fights Psion’s right to ‘netbook’ name

The Register: Blogger fights Psion’s right to ‘netbook’ name ‘Considerable chutzpah’ By Gavin Clarke in San Francisco Posted in PCs & Chips, 19th February 2009 01:44 GMT A campaign has been launched to thwart Psion Techlogix’s attempt to re-assert its trademark over the name “netbook”. A blogger who claimed to have helped thwart Dell’s attempt to […]

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Trademarks

Psion Teklogix may lose Netbook trademark

Psion Teklogix, who own international trademarks on the term “netbook” relating to a product that was discontinued in 2003, had recently sent cease and desist letters to “literally hundreds” of recipients, including netbook enthusiast sites. The Save the Netbooks campaign was launched by an Australian firm “to fight the impending trademark threat” and has since […]

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Trademarks

“Save the Netbooks” campaign launched to fight impending trademark threat

The “Save the Netbooks” campaign is fighting the impending trademark threat from Psion Teklogix, who have given until the end of March 2009 to cease using the term, citing trademarks relating to a line of products discontinued over 5 years ago. SYDNEY, Australia – February 17, 2009 AEST – The “Save the netbooks” campaign was […]

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Cloud Trademarks

Cloud Computing Doghouse Updates (Incoming): Psion / Netbook trademark

Many of you will remember Psion from their heydey of making PDAs and other consumer devices and will be surprised to see them being discussed in the context of cloud computing. I’ve already explained what the netbook class of laptops is before and why 2009 will be the year of the enterprise netbook. Basically these […]

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Internet

Size doesn’t matter (for Netbooks anyway)

I’ve just finished overhauling Wikipedia’s Netbook article which currently does a much better job of reflecting reality than it did previously. In particular, the term ‘Netbook’ pertains to connectivity (which is why all of them have WiFi and many of them are fitted with 3G chips) and has nothing whatsoever to do with size. Notebooks […]

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Cloud

2009: The year of the ‘Enterprise Netbook’ (and other cloud clients)

There’s exciting times ahead in 2009 for the enterprise – the maturity of cloud computing services like Google Apps and [Sales]Force.com is finally enabling them to reach to the holy grail of personal computing: reliable, cheap, connected clients, and the OEMs are finally ready to supply the (now rapidly growing) demand. It’s not surprising that […]