The future isn't going to be like the past, netbooks are nice and will have a 3 year life of novelty before they become another banal niche in the silecosystem. Watch this 7 minute video and think about how fast the future is going to be here. The technology that delivers this is unfolding no matter what happens in the economy. The video shows what information anywhere really means. It is a post Jetson's future, the kind that was tough to imagine just 15 years ago.
My guess is devices similar to this will be in the 3rd world in 7 years and in the developed world in 2-3 years. As former chief analyst for a research institute Modeled on the MIT media lab, I have seen a few things and can assure you this video is a window into the very near future.
If this video doesn't shake you up a little bit, you need more coffee :;
If you want to see where this is all heading, read the singularity is near by Kurzweil. I don't make book recommendations lightly, as it is the time of your life we are talking about.