Scott Campbell talked to CIOs at a couple of midsize companies, and found that while they're not just thinking of netbooks as replacements for full-size computers or even as "lender units" for occasional users. Instead, netbooks are creating new applications for themselves.
For example, Equipment Depot in Waco, Texas, "is looking at netbooks to replace refurbished notebooks for its forklift technicians to run diagnostic applications."
And Forrester Construction, in Rockville, Md., isn't buying new PCs right now, but might have been interested in using them for "some of our lower usage personnel."
One key issue? At less than $400, netbooks are no longer a capital expense, they're an operating expense -- or even a disposable asset.