As you can see on Xbox.com, official support for the original Xbox will end on March 2.
It's the end of the dream. A bit of it, anyway.
"On March 2, 2009, service repairs for Original Xbox video game systems for which the Warranty has expired will no longer be available. Any other technical support, documents, and content, however, will continue to be available to all our customers. Although Microsoft is ending repair services for the Original Xbox, an upgrade program and support will be maintained for Original Xbox consoles that are still under Warranty."
Large black box: we salute you. Thanks, Joystiq.