As to the last sentence.. well, if he can't disable the sound then it's either a real POS OEM machine already, or he's inept and should be using standard iMacs exclusively.
I believe that this whole journal thing is just extra crap to take up
/.'s server space. Why don't they take the time they put into making this thing and start posting stories a bit more relevant to "news for nerds" ot even "stuff that matters"?
It's not that I disagree with any of that, by a long shot.. it was just that they were talking about where the hardware can be found, not why not to use that particular family.