Memories of long lines of early adopters spreading outside stores (I wasn't one). The unnerving Rolling Stones gimmick. Apple's shenanigans (back then, M$ was evil and Apple were the good guys --how naive we were...). It's not before a whole year later that I got a beta version from a buddy of mine and gave it a try. Believe it or not, I'd make it through the following years with the same Beta, which would run fine except for a necessary reinstall roughly once a year. Yes, once a year, all over again with the little drum dialog box. I must have been too lazy to consider upgrading to a (allegedly) stabler W98. When I bought a more powerful beast in 2001, I went straight to W2K and thoroughly enjoyed the First Decent Microsoft OS. I still have my old little Pentium box stacked somewhere, the impish little Beta OS still sleeping on its harddrive.