Windows was originally designed by people who hated to type. Bill Gates was a famous hunt-and-pecker (that didn't come out right) who thought the mouse (which was an invention of Xerox PARC, by the way) would save us all. For those of us who type, however, the mouse is a PITA that breaks up our 110 wpm thought flow.
So now, the mouse isn't good enough, we have to touch the screen like these smartphone douchebags who are always swiping dramatically at their catalog of "selfies".
I went to look at some laptops the other day. Yea, I'm a fossil. I actually use a computer. Why? Because you can't create anything of value on a pad or a phone. You can't tweet a Patent Application or even a blog entry. Pads and phones are for consumers of media not creators, and the whole point of this move toward keyboardless devices is to make us more passive consumers and less creative content creators. Consume and pay - don't make and use.
So they have a new laptop at the wholesale club. I turn it on and I have no idea how to even use it. For this I want to spend $500?
And the pad-like "choices" on the starting screen are all aimed at social media and Microsoft products. They want me to use hotmail, of course, and their IM service. In short, it has taken the powerful "personal computer" - that liberated people from the oligarchy of IBM and the mainframe, and re-imagined it as a passive device - little more than a terminal or "thin client" - heavily reliant on content providers online, and less and less of a tool that you use by yourself, to create content.
So, what to do? Well, I look online and I see that my trusty Toshiba Laptop, that I bought for $380 at WalMart, a few years ago, is now selling for $150 on eBay. I snap up a second one, running Windows 7 Ultimate (hopefully not a bootleg copy this time!) for Mr. See. I also buy new memory modules to upgrade both units (with a larger hard drive, perhaps in the picture down the road). With two identical laptops, I had redundancy of parts and of data, as well as a lot shorter learning curve.
Quite frankly, in terms of running WORD (2000, thank you, not that docx abomination) the PC has pretty much reached a plateau. If you really get down to it, in terms of word processing, Word Perfect for DOS really worked just fine. But upgrading to WORD 2010 and Windows 8? How is that going to improve my life? Really?
Why do you we need a new O/S just to balance our checkbooks (using a version of Quickbooks from 2002)? Why do we need to change software annually, for that matter, when existing software works perfectly fine? How many man-hours are lost in industry every year, for "retraining" or "training" on a new version of software that doesn't quite work as well as the previous version, adds "features" that are never used, and really don't add much to the bottom line? Skipping an upgrade or two isn't being retrograde, it's just being plain smart.
Why buy a brand-new copy of Adobe Acrobat every year (for hundreds of dollars) when you can basically get a free copy of Acrobat 8 online (and it works just fine, thank you)?
As for Windows 8? I'll wait for Windows 9. Or maybe by then, some other alternative to an "operating system" will have emerged. I had high hopes for Chrome, but the "Chromebook" while an interesting toy for e-mail and Skyping, really isn't a serious tool for creating content, just yet.