I’ll make this relatively quick.
I am loathe to spend money on computers. Whether it’s a souped up Windows machine or an Apple machine, I just can’t bring myself to spend money on a computer knowing that in as early as 6 months, it’ll probably be outdated. But if there was a principal reason as to why I don’t like buying new hardware right away, it’s because I know that PC viruses and malware even for Apple products exist (ok, ok, I’m just turned off by Apple prices and I have to keep business expenses as low as I can for trading). These viruses and maladies that make their way into a home PC comes from sites visited on the internet.
I have no problem with the internet, as long as I know that I’m on a site that I trust (i.e. Amazon) within a reasonable extent. The problem is that exposing an expensive machine to the internet is akin to wearing wingtip shoes to mow your backyard lawn. In the end, your expensive bespoke shoes will erode. This is the case for computers no matter how much you try and take care of them. Somehow, someway, they will become infected with viruses that will eventually slow them down to the point where they will not work.
Enter Google and their amazing line of internet-in-a-box products. Last Wednesday, I purchased a Chromebox. It is basically a digital media consuming box with a wi-fi antennae and USB ports. My strategy in the last couple of years has been to buy a mid-tier PC (to run my trading and most important programs) while all the internet browsing is done via Chromebox or Chromebook. In this case, I have the Chromebox. I just set it up 5 minutes ago and after a brief software update, I was cracking my knuckles to type this post. All in all, the hardest part of the setup process was the bending over to plug the machine into power and turning on the monitor.
For the price of an expensive computer, I have essentially split my financial risk into two machines; the one where I will be doing actual work and then a (literally) $170 7″ x 6″ .33lb. box that allows me to check ESPN, blog, check Facebook & Twitter without wondering if I just planted the seeds of my computer’s demise.
The future is now, it really is….