This article is ridiculous. Netbooks are great. I am on my third Netbook. My first was an MSI with 2 gb RAM. I then graduated to a an ACER Aspire with a bigger HD. These both ran XP. I am a heavy user. These machines were loaded with Windows compatible software, including Office. I also use LaTeX and a text editor front end for it. I run browsers with many tabs open at once. I rip and burn (with an external USB drive) CDs and DVDs. I routinely watch online video without any difficulty. I edit and gain audio files.
I am now on my third Netbook, a 10.1 ACER with a dual core Atom, 4 gb memory, a 320 gb HD, and Windows 7. A significant step up from the 2 gb XP Netbook.
I can take my Netbook anywhere and I do. It has the footprint of an IPad, but leaves IPad in the dust performance and utility wise.
The only thing I would like to but can't do with a Netbook is video editing. So I have to wait to get home to use my Desktop PC for that. I probably would not want to do video editing away from home anyway.
My 4th Netbook is an 11.6 ACER. It has 64 Bit Windows 7 and 8 gb memory. It's not ready yet. I plan to try Windows 8.1 on it so I can use the XP emulator to run the 16 bit installer for some of my 32 bit applications.
Netbooks are full featured PCs in a small, portable package.
Tablets are good for cutting boards; see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtXWWRyJLPw
My guess is that Chromebooks are good for nothing.
By the way, nearly all Netbooks are 10.1 inches, not 8. Only a few extra small 8" models were ever sold.