When the music died
"At what point did you loose your desire to write programs?"
"Well, I never did loose the desire, it was taken away from me"
"Well I used to write programs on CBM Pets, Dragons, BBC's and ZX80/81's, but then I bought a PC running Windows 98 and for the life of me, it just wasn't obvious where I could merrily start banging in some code."
"You do realise there exists a wealth of Microsoft software out there which would enable you to code in a multitude of languages"
"Well, yes I do now, but back then I expected it to be included in the OS as it was in every other OS I had encountered thus far. The idea I had to get my wallet out again to buy what I assumed was already in their didn't occur to me."
"So what's your problem now?"
"The very idea that Microsoft, the company that sank a generation of would be coders, is about to team up with Rasberry Pi, the flagship device, that is kickstarting a new generation of coders, it's like celebrating your birthday in the local abortionists clinic. It just feels wrong"
"Perhaps MS has seen the light?"
"Yeah! Here, try another pig wing they're delicious"