Better yet, skip the Chromebook altogether and get something like the Acer Aspire E11 and then install your favorite flavor of GNU/Linux. I bought one for $199 at MicroCenter, installed a 128 GB Crucial SSD ($79), 4 GB of Crucial DDR3L memory ($39), and an Intel Wireless-AC card ($19), and then installed Ubuntu 14.04. It cost under $350, everything worked right away in Ubuntu, and now I can do whatever I'd like with it.
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Try the WD TV Live. I have one, and it's awesome. Plays MKV files ripped straight from a Blu-Ray.
I really like my WD TV Live. It plays a lot of formats and has a simple but usable interface. It definitely passed the "wife test" for ease-of-use. But it has one glaring omission: no Amazon Prime streaming (see: "Online Services"). They just released a 2.0 firmware update with a bunch of new "supports [service]" notes, but Amazon is not one of them. Western Digital, I am disappoint.
At least in my world it's been declining. I was once an Ubuntu fanatic. "It's so easy," I would tell people. It passed my girlfriend test. It passed my parents test. I used Ubuntu every day for years. After 10.04 LTS, things started going downhill. Once 12.04 LTS hit the streets, things started going downhill faster. I have since switched to Ubuntu's upstream parent, Debian, with LXFE for the desktop. Clean, simple, elegant. I'll keep this.
...(beyond develop hobbies, spend time with family)...
Develop hobbies and spend time with your family.
Programming (or learning to program if you don't already know how) is a productive hobby. Get a train set. Repaint your house. Buy and restore a classic car by hand (although that can be quite expensive). Go hiking/kayaking/skiing/biking/fishing. Learn to play the guitar/bass/drums/piano/sax/trumpet/sousaphone. Have a barbeque. Build a barbeque. Go geocaching. Go geohashing . And get your kids/parents/spouse/siblings/friends/neighbors involved.
I only wish I have free time for these things
Considering I suffer from dichromacy [wikipedia.org], I'd surely like to be able to see a "normal" range of colors.
Also, "specturm" really?
"until there were no more authors anymore."
Yes, because this free market will somehow manage to write its own books. There will never be a need to generate new content, ever.
C and/or C++ will get you further than any other "modern" language.
Join an open source project that strikes your fancy, or find a niche and start your own.
These are my top three franchises...
- Fallout 3 & New Vegas
- Borderlands 1 & 2
- BioShock 1 & 2 (and Inifinite, coming soon!)
Well, plus the entire Valve catalog, but I guess that goes without saying.