In many cases some of the hardware may as well be potted in a solid brick of opaque epoxy, for all the good it'll do you to try to get at the actual hardware.
Actually there are numerous industries (auto being one) that do this very thing with their proprietary electronics.
Not a paid shill!
So you're an unpaid shill then?
I kid, I kid.
I have a desktop with three monitors at my desk and a Winbook TW100 10" Windows 10 tablet I take with me to remote into the desktop. Not nearly as much horsepower as a SP3 but it is adequately smooth when doing office activities. And at $200 (right at $200 if you add the matching keyboard case) it won't break the bank.
Impossible to live there without driving.
Not true anymore. In fact there are rent a bike's all over downtown. You just need a car if you want to go from one neighborhood to another.
No planning and zoning,
The only people who seem to have an issue with it are people who make a living off of zone planning. It aint perfect but areas of the city that were dead have seen renaissance because somebody saw potential for the area it hadn't previously entertained. Much of the run down inner city has been completely renewed in the last fifteen years.
No more than anyplace else and less than gun free Chicago.
one party theocratic rule
Now you're making up lies.
A rock store eventually closed down; they were taking too much for granite.