There aren't many of us old timers left who can even remember the lowly Commodore 64 (my first computer) or the earliest IBM Personal Computer (PC).
"PC" was a nic-name for the IBM Personal Computer. When first released, it was the only true "PC" on the planet. It came with IBM DOS. Microsoft wasn't even in the game. But they did come along later and offered a DOS that was in many ways superior to IBM Dos.
My first copy of MS-DOS was version 2.0, given to me by a friend, to install on my first PC, an IBM XT-Clone.
Once the computer enthusiasts (like me) found out that the Japanese were making replacement parts for the IBM PC, it was easy to just buy the cloned parts and build our own PC's. And cheaper too!
Obviously, what we created was not an IBM Personal Computer, but the name "PC" stuck as an explanation of what we'd made.
All of the name brand personal computers, that we see in the stores today, came along later, but they also were called a "PC", because they were "IBM Compatible" and ran IBM software.
Apple was always an overpriced and overblown computer that was so far off the beaten track that very few people even wanted to mess with them.
Just the price, scared off many that were interested in getting a computer.
For the Geek, Nerd or Enthusiast, who liked to build their own computer or program it themselves, the IBM Clone, now just called the "PC" was the only way to go. Apple wasn't even in the running.
I find it ironic, that today, IBM isn't even in the home computer business.
Today, retail stores stock thousands of software titles compatible with the PC and M$ OS's, and not ONE single title for the MAC.
Even these internet forums are all about the PC. MAC hardly even gets honorable mention.
Now for Windows 7.
It's nothing more than Visduh on steroids, with a tummy tuck and botox.
Every tweak or tune-up tip that works on Visduh will also work on Win-7.
(most anyway) that works on Visduh works on 7.
Many folks may be fooled into believing that 7 is a whole new OS, but this old tech just ain't a gonna be fooled into believing that. Sorry, MS!
It's almost like the difference between Windows 98 and Windows 98SE.
Some problems were fixed and that's about it.
Most all of the things that I, as a tech, hated about Visduh, is still alive and well in 7. It still needs a lot of tweaking and tuning to get it to run fast and efficiently. And all the "Permissions" limitations is enough to make a grown man cry. Thank God, for "Take Ownership"!!!
Like every other MS OS since '95, it's only about 30% to 40% efficient, right out of the box. It reminds me of those kid's toys that say "Some assembly required.....batteries not included".
Fortunately, I've committed all my tweaks to batch files or scripts, for a quick and easy install.
Yes, I'll take Win-7 over Vista any day, but I won't be standing in any lines on October 22 to buy it. I'm sure I'll be running XP-Pro-SP3 on my main PC, well into the next decade, long after MS has dropped all support for it.
I hope y'all have a great day!