Seconded! There's no way in hell NIS performed at this level on a legitimate test. It's shit and that's putting it nicely.
Here's what I did in Ubuntu 12.04 to watch them:
1. Use Firefox.
2. Make sure Firefox is closed.
3. Run: sudo apt-get install libhal1 hal
4. Run: rm -rf ~/.adobe/Flash_Player/NativeCache ~/.adobe/Flash_Player/AssetCache ~/.adobe/Flash_Player/APSPrivateData2
5. Launch Firefox and enjoy.
After I did this in Firefox, I was able to watch them in Chromium too but ran into problems trying to get it working in the first place in Chromium. I've read that Google Chrome simply won't play them on Linux because of some recent changes Google made. So, yea... not as easy as it should be but it should be watchable unless I've missed a different reason why they're not watchable for so many users.
pfSense and others like m0n0wall will work on Netgate's ALIX Kits: http://store.netgate.com/ALIX-Kits-C86.aspx
They're small and actually look like a router.
I don't know if it's just me but my computers pretty much never die. I've been building them myself since the mid 90's. I stopped upgrading when Core 2 Duo came out because the PC I built still runs everything great today. I wouldn't use the Athlon XP 2000+ system I have that still runs because it doesn't run everything great but it does still work. I really don't see it being a problem with computers lasting so much longer but I could be an odd case since I don't buy stuff from Dell, HP, etc.
"Nobody can say if GNOME 3 is better or worse than GNOME 2."
GNOME 3 is *worse* than GNOME 2. By far. Plus more.
I was reading it and suddenly can't, it's not responding anymore. I guess it is!
Buffalo WZR-HP-G300NH: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833162031
Awesome router, I just installed Lighttpd/PHP/mySQL on one too.