When you buy a product that mostly works, then is broken by failure after failure of forced firmware updates, I think you have a right to trash it and the developers. Especially with the piss poor customer service coming from team boxee. As for alternatives, I would trade this crap box in a heart beat for an Xbox. I personally am going to purchase an apple TV and put xbmc on it. The boxee has basically turned into a broken Roku for 3 times the price.
PC - (2x) 6-Core 2439 Opterons, 32GB Ram, SLI GTX670, (2x) 240GB SSD in Raid '0', Seasonic x1250 PSU.
Boxeebox firmware 220.127.116.1134
4TB NAS, 1TB WD Passport on box w/32GB SDCard in box.