“I’m not sure if Google Inc. expects its new kind of laptop computer running on the Chrome operating system to catch on,” John C. Dvorak writes for MarketWatch. “Let me assure the company that the possibility is nil — unless the so-called Chromebooks sell for $99, and even that may be too much to pay.”

“The Chromebook is a dumb terminal, and this has been the problem with network-centric machines: They are always too expensive for what you get,” Dvorak writes. “In addition, these devices are expected to play movies without worrying about a streaming Internet connection. What do you do with a Chromebook on an airplane with no WiFi? The Internet is not everywhere. It is not always accessible; it is often unreliable. It can be slow,” Dvorak writes. “This is not something on which you want to be totally dependent. Chrome is totally dependent on it… By this time next year, I will be stunned if any Chromebooks are being sold. That’s unless they change the OS and the architecture completely and follow the rules set down by the industry as a whole.”

Dvorak writes, “I’m beginning to think the company just got lucky with the phone software. Remember, it had Apple Inc. to model and target. There is no previously successful network-centric laptop to copy or emulate. There is a good reason there are no past successes. The idea is bad, inefficient and comparatively expensive. In other words: a loser.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Since when is willful, blatant, painfully obvious patent infringement considered getting lucky? Otherwise, lucidity* becomes you, John.

*However rare it may be.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “kevin p.” for the heads up.]