So thanks very much to tuaw.com for the kind words and the incoming link and whoa to all the traffic. There is no way that I can respond to all 80+ comments from the last few hours individually but there have been some great suggestions (which I will be compiling into a post soon) and a big thank you to everyone who took the time to leave me a hello or a suggestion.
A few of people have commented or posted on other blogs about me being anonymous and that wasn't my original intention at all! I am quite sure that the Microsoft police are not going to come around and arrest me for this blog, the reason was more that I never really expected people other than those who already knew me to be reading this. Anyway, time to fix that.
My name is Dave Verwer and I am an alc… no wait, wrong group. I am a 30 year old techie who lives in the north of England, who works as the CTO for a small but growing (~50 people) software house who produces web based software for human resource departments of large companies using the Microsoft stack for web development (ASP.NET, C#, Microsoft SQL Server, etc…).
I say in the sidebar that I have been using Windows since v3.0, but I was thinking on my journey home tonight that I can actually claim from v2.0! I remember using Aldus PageMaker (nope, not Adobe until 1994) way back on my Dad's PC (an 8086 by Opus, who I can't even find any reference to on the web anymore). Anyway, PageMaker used to come with a version of Windows bundled along with it and when launched from MS-DOS, would first load Windows 2.0 and then boot PageMaker as well. We had no mouse though, so the experience largely sucked! So I guess that was my first experience with Windows. Before that though, I had used Sinclair, Acorn, Commodore, Amstrad and various PC's running MS-DOS. So, history lesson over, that is me and my brief computing history.