Here's a little something that has been talked about for a long time but now has finally come to fruition - the leased PC.
The new Zonbu Computer is a crack at this. Zonbu offers a full takeback scheme, and the boxes all run Linux. In addition, Zonbu offers file storage and automatic backup to Amazon’s S3 online service (although there may be problems with this). Zonbu is sold on the plan system, starting from $249.00 all in, to $99.00 plus $12.95 a month service charge for 2 years. The charge includes all upgrades to the software and a same day replacement machine if it goes wrong. An interesting experiment.