Former Business Week technology columnist Steve Wildstrom now has his own blog, Steve Wildstrom on Tech: Skeptical Musings on the world of personal technology. He says to not buy a netbook for the holidays because in early January, a number of new versions will be showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Vendors keep upgrading netbooks and smartbooks.
Too late for me -- I got a sweet little Samsung netbook last summer and use it when I travel. It meets my needs, but I could easily do without it and enjoy the scenery or a good book. With technology, you can wait and wait until things settle down and as soon as you finally buy the next cool tool, a better version comes along.