Sent to you by Chris Hunter via Google Reader:
A laptop is a marvel of engineering. So much work goes into designing and manufacturing all the individual pieces of hardware before combining them with software that's taken decades to build. After going through all this work, laptop manufacturers are paid to make their laptops slower and more frustrating to use.
The PC ecosystem's race to the bottom and cut-throat pricing means that many computer manufacturers aren't focused on providing a good experience — they're focused on releasing the cheapest laptops possible and making some additional money by loading the laptop with bloatware.