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I just ordered a new Chromebox. I've been using the first one for nearly two years and love it. There are only two problems:
- I've been getting occasional strange hardware behavior. It may be nothing important (a USB port going bad, a lose connection), or it may be a sign that the machine is getting ready to bite the dust. I'm just not sure. Frankly I would be a little disappointed if the machine lasted less than two years, even though it was cheap and even though I use the hell out of it. But it's a consideration, and I really can't afford to wait for it to lie down and die completely before taking action.
- My younger son insists that he hates every operating system except for Windows. But he also refuses to visit certain sites/download certain content/etc. on Windows, which means he's constantly using MY machine, which he insists is inferior to his Windows laptop. Yes, we've discussed his poor reasoning on this matter, but ... well, that poor reasoning doesn't seem to be amenable to correction. Getting a second Chromebox would allow me to let him have the old one, so that my machine gets used several hours a day less and so that I don't have to kick him off my machine when I have work to do.
I'll shut the button down once it reaches (IF it reaches) $175.