What is it with pc vendors that they make selecting machines by fairly useless things like model number (e.g. shuttle), or a hacky fugly hierarchy (e.g. auspcmarket) easy, but by attributes (e.g. ‘2 ethernet ports, no fans, small chassis’) terribly hard.
They should take a leaf out of the way people ask each other for recommendations. auspcmarket /kindof/ does that with the systems hierarchy – but only for a few categories.
What I want I guess, is a menu of tags/attributes I can search for on a vendors site (and/or review sites like CNet’s and, google shopping and so on). Doing a google shopping search for my interesting attributes above is a pretty epic fail.