You could remove many electronic boxes from our home and we would not miss them. But if you took our kitchen computer away, it would hurt. In fact two weeks ago the Mac had to go in for repairs, and we kept turing to its vacant spot for help, only to groan. It felt a little like some feel without their cell phone.
I’ve been wanting to do this for a while. I think a small form factor box (Like a Mac Mini, since you all know what that is, but not a Mac, because Macs and I have a mutually antagonistic relationship) with a small touchscreen would be perfect to mount underneath a cabinet in the kitchen. You could use it for recipes (We constantly bring a laptop into the kitchen for this, but I don’t like my laptop on the counter.). You could use it, as mentioned in the linked article, for watching movies and YouTube and whatnot while cooking.
The kitchen has always been the most sociable place in the house for me, and probably for lots of others. I would love someday to build a house centered on the kitchen, where the layout of the house encouraged everyone to congregate in a huge kitchen designed both for cooking and for relaxing.
Now I just have to convince the wife that this is a great idea.