I agree with fakeasdf that the thread will evolve as it evolves. I also agree with ChuckR that there is a lomtick of confusion regarding 64-bit platforms (to deftly combine the hard with the soft and use an ambiguous reference to clockworks).
Intel's initial implementation did suck and IBM's choices did put us on the road to here. Windows is not the grace of computer science and neither is linux - so long as they are implemented on current mass-produced technology. As the saying goes, "We have to sell a lot of VCRs first". Historically, it takes 30 years for a new technology to be fully incorporated into an economy. We are approaching that threshold. What lies ahead will be built from what we have at hand. And 64-bit will be archaic in time.
If ChuckR could afford the time, it would be nice to see how his perspective has developed. I am not 100% certain that he uses a GUI. You know, he did use to pull vacuum tubes and run patch cables (no, not ethernet - a very new development from his perspective). I imagine that he has used tin foil to complete a circuit a time or two.
In the meantime, put up the good fight. Windows 7 sux.