And yeah, that's me, an "old dog!"
My "PC" experience only dates to 1983 when several of us1 bought an Epson QX10 with its nifty ValDocs suite which I used for word processing for two weeks shy of ten years... when it all went up in a puff of blue smoke.
(I paid $2500 for the whole thing, and considered it a bargain!)
Cut to the present day and many Dells later... yes, I got my first true PC in late '93 from a store in Southampton which immediately moved to Sag Harbor and didn't even want to know me after I had lugged the damned thing... a DOS machine with 2 mb of ram and Windows 3.1... out of their store on Hampton Road!
(So much for "buy local!" For all my subsequent PCs, I took Barbara Ramsay's counsel and went with Dell!)
I had easily mastered DOS at the very moment it had sounded its death rattle, but I hung on to the point that my second PC ran Windows 98 (Second Edition) with which I was happy enough that I eschewed the ME and 2000 versions 'til XP happened 10 years ago next week.
I acknowledge that I'm not very adventuresome as a computer user... from the days of my QX10, all I've ever wanted a computer to do was what I needed it to do!
(Just as with my cell' 'phone... all I want to do is to be able to make and receive calls when I'm away from home, or when the cable craps out! I can't even "text" on my Nokia 1100, nor do I wish to!)
So, in that regard, I'm something of a computing Luddite, and when I had to get a new Dell through Fluid Imagery this month, it presented a whole new set of challenges for which I have clearly been unprepared.
(The Microsoft site says "Upgrade in as little as 10 minutes," but I'm already at 10 days and counting, and that's with the incalculable assistance of Jeanne's son Baier... who's now back in Oregon!)
Windows 7 is an all-new interface for me, and being a 64-bit operating system, some of my critical programs won't even install on my new Dell XPS 8300.
So, I'm now faced with spending another $1600+ on versions of my existing programs just to work with the Windows 7 system!
(And there is no 64-bit version of Microsoft Bookshelf!)
Great! I've spent the better part of a week just (manually!) moving my E-mail accounts over, and installing the latest QuickBooks version... with PhotoShop and Acrobat yet to come!
And they're already talking about Windows 8!
The wife with the MacBook Pro who let the Tekkies at the Lake Grove Mall Apple Store take my old PC and put it on my Mac-Laptop.