" Just because a lot of people misuse a term doesn't change the meaning of the word." Actually, this is wrong. Dictionaries don't 'define' words, they are a record of USAGE. As a word is used more and more, it becomes eligible to be included in the dictionary. A lot of people misusing a word can cause it to change meaning.
The last decade we have gained MASSIVELY in efficiency and cost. IM typing this on an Intel NUC I picked up at retail for $129, $10 of RAM, $25 keyboard with touchpad and $5 class 10 SD card. All running a free OS that recognized all the hardware and automatically installed it including Bluetooth and WiFi. Lost decade, give me a break.
I run a 770 GTX and an i5-2500k in a RVZ-01 mini-itx system using a 450 SFX PSU. Absolutely rock solid. Cooling is really only an issue if you want to overclock, stock parts generally run cool enough. IT sits on top of my desk right next to me.
Video card in an external box is an idea that just needs to die already. ITs not going to happen any time soon. Yes i know there are some limited solutions out there, but it will never go beyond niche.
"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."
-Robert A. Heinlein
I expect my 2011 mac mini to be viable until at least 2020. People forget we are in a massive transition period so of course some things are going to be obsoleted out quickly. The non fully 64 bit macs and pre iphone 5 designs are really where this bit hard. I don't expect that kind of attrition again.
You do understand that mentality comes from the world doing its best to suck out your wealth at every turn, right? What you call spoiled and entitled I call defensive and savvy. Its a hard check on greed.
"Surge pricing is good for everyone, and just about everyone I have ever explained it to has gone "Oh yeah I see what you mean". We just need to educate people."
No. Transportation is already too expensive, surge pricing is just plain robbery. You don't need an education to see that things like transport should not be subject to the same market forces as luxury items.
The reason for that is because users stopped training themselves so the only choice was for work to do it, at great expense. There is a VERY long road that lead us to where we are, and it starts with office workers no longer taking office automation training. Its not condescension, its derision for those that refuse to join the Information Age as informed participants. For too long I held up the torch for users until they become so dumb that somehow I.T. is to blame for their lack of preparedness.