I know it's not really the same, but I've had good luck with used laptops. Even if I use them primarily headless or with an external keyboard/mouse, you get low power consumption, built-in battery backup, and a built-in screen which is handy sometimes. The only trick is finding cheaper used laptops that have some sort of digital video out, not just a VGA port.
Yes, I can come up with a thousand free market answers. And yes, that pretty much answers your question.
Would you buy a vehicle from any company whatsoever if you knew that parts were difficult to acquire? A manufacturer can play a game with parts availability only if they don't plan to stay in business.
Maybe we should go back to renting our phones from ATT as well.
Who is that said democracies fail when the population discovers they can vote themselves bread and circuses?
I largely agree. I just wish people would quit blaming politicians for everything, when those same people keep voting to keep their benefits and not paying enough taxes to fund those benefits. This surge in payouts to retiring Boomers has been predicted as long as I have been alive. And yet still this belief in some mythical solution involving only cuts to "waste" and "inefficiency" persists.
The bottom line is that the term "government spending" is highly misleading, since the government is exercising no discretion on how it is spent... the government simply sends it to individuals (mostly old folks) who decide what their individual priorities are and where to spend it.