the bottom line is the windows OS has become 'the Thing from outer space'. it sucks big time.
i am a laggard in os, i have never once upgraded a machine to a new windows os (i have installed new unix versions though). because, there is no reason to upgrade to a new windows version other than feeling the urgent need to enrich microsoft and intel.
microsoft is probably a good buy at $27, though. they have underperformed over the last 3 years and when vista comes out, a lot of sheeple will upgrade. and of course vista will come out. eventually, that is. note that they trashed longhorn completely a couple of years ago. at some point they'll take whatever crap is there, half-baked, and call it 'vista' and ship it out for the public to debug. and they'll declare victory in the usual american way.
i would like to buy one of those gorgeous mac intel ibooks. i used to be a fanatical mac user until i wanted to buy a laptop (in 1990?), and the windows laptops were much cheaper. now i think i'll return if apple can lower the price tag to below $1500. and then run dual booted mac os x and windows and maybe linux as well.
btw, apple just lost avadias tevanian (formerly of CMU and next), their OS guru, who i think did the multithreaded unix-derived NeXT OS, the basis for apple's OS X. that sounds like bad news.
the whole windows os trap reminds me of the eagles, hotel california:
"they stab it with their steely knives
but they just cant kill the beast
last thing i remember
i was running for the door
i had to find the passage back to the place I was before
Relax, said the nightman
We are programed to be nice
You can check out any time you like
But you can never leave"