@Mr Crash: While I don't support the overall tone and tenor of your post, I think you've hit upon something. 

I believe the techie/tinkerer types among us are going to be pushed out of the Windows arena as MS seemingly, inexorably moves toward the apple model. MS, Apple, and Google will battle over the consumer market while niche needs - and perhaps not so niche - will be increasingly be met by... Open Source? Linux? Time will tell. I wonder too whether any significant user base will follow as some other platform(s) facilitate non-consumer innovation.

... just thinking out loud. But, then again, I though OS2 was going to prevail :-0