inactivist - 6:48 am on Mar 11, 2010 (gmt 0)
I'm one of the oldest hardcore windows fanboys you'll ever meet.
I've been programming since '78 and did Windows 2.x-XP
Greetings, fellow old-timer! You sound like my long-lost twin. I started programming around the same time... done the Windows programming thing starting with 1.03 (no overlapping windows!)
I used to be 'up to my neck' in Windows tech. I used to buy Microsoft Office, upgrade my OS every few years...
Funny thing is, I'm not paying Microsoft any more than I must in order to earn a living. That means forking over a few $ for their Visual Studio tools and an occasional OS upgrade, just so I keep abreast of the UI and APIs.
I've been moving away from Microsoft-land and towards Linux since XP (can't stand the 'Activation' technology, DRM, and other things about MS) -- been doing all web development on LAMP for years -- so they don't get any more of my 'mindshare' there. I stopped paying the Office ransom -- I use OpenOffice exclusively now. It's more than good enough for me.
I still do platform development in C++ and .NET, but as I said, only for clients and only as a way to earn a living, and retirement is coming soon.
So: Even a long-time Windows user/developer, who is steeped in their technology, is moving away from them as soon as he can. I wonder how many others out there are poised to do the same?