I am not willing to pay $10 p.m. for every single one of these; especially to only read any article very occasionally or only once
You hit the nail on the head.
The biggest success in the world of software and entertainment as far as adoption go is Popcorn Time. If there is a subscription model attached most of the viewers will be OK to pay a few dollars a month for unfettered access. (To an extent this is what Netflix is providing.)
Popcorn Time is not possible with online versions of print media. The closest you get is Google News - except for a few websites the links do not need a subscription. But then you will quickly go over the limit of free articles with no option but to pay full price / subscribe.
Even "Google Contribute" is not addressing this issue...its only to show less advertisement.
I never had an issue with Windows 7 on a core 2.
My old Thinkpad X61 was replaced a few months back with a used Thinkpad X1 for precisely this reason.
Outside of power users like gamers, developers, CAD, Video editing, and other high end users a Pentium is more than good enough.
You are incorrect. At least on Windows 7, try to open a few tabs on a Netbook running an Atom processor, or a laptop/desktop running a Celeron or even a Core 2 processor and you will realize its going to behave like a fully loaded Geo Metro. Forget about running any HD content. May be they will work slightly better running XP or a variant of Linux.
A rock store eventually closed down; they were taking too much for granite.