One of the few things that I might be helpful on is Taiwan news.
ASUS has an article in the local news today saying that they are shifting their production focus away from netbooks and toward pads and other platforms.
So, it may be time to buy one last netbook - like the ASUS Transformer - before they become hard to get.
I switched from an EEEpc 701 to a Toshiba NB250 as I liked Toshiba Satellites and though it might be worthwhile. I regret this and now am thinking of getting one last ASUS netbook. The fact that they have the aluminium base of the keyboard as a giant heatsink and they use a display that are covered with glass are two important features.
ASUS also is one of the few profitable computer companies this year with sustained market share.
The Toshiba NB250 display is covered in soft plastic and I have ruined one by washing it with rubbing alcohol. Also, the battery in the Toshiba is on its last legs. And the machine runs hotter than the ASUS.
I think ASUS has an excellent engineering and design team. They also has a very good relationship with Intel. And they are not afraid to support Linux. Toshiba seems to be a Windows loyalist.
Hwang Xian Shen, Puddleby-on-the-Marsh.
All things considered, I can live and thrive without Microsoft products. LINUX is just fine.