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First, Drupal 7 has been in development for a *long* time, so I wouldn't worry about when Drupal 8 is going to be released.
Secondly, many projects have rolling support options. Where features have a two version rolling window of support. If you were programming for Drupal 6 you probably should have been keeping an eye on Drupal 7 to see which calls/apis/etc were being discarded. This would have limited the amount of rework to move to Drupal 7.
1) destroying the value of the US dollar,
You are blaming the US government for this? First, I disagree that the value of the dollar is 'destroyed'. Since I don't see your citation, I will provide mine: http://moneycentral.msn.com/detail/stock_quote?Symbol=/EURUS/
Further, do you think the governement has a lot to do with the economy? I think the people who irresponsibly [traded|mortgaged|spent|etc] are to blame for our current condition.
Continue to believe the government when they say there is no inflation
The little I know about economics tells me that much of it is a mind game. If the masses lose faith in the system, the repercussions are magnified. If people keep a calm head and try not to do anything drastic, the 'invisible hand' of the market will correct the inefficiency with minimal collateral damage. I recognize that it is a fine line between outright lying and slowly announcing truth to help minimize effect. Like I started, I am not an economist, and from the sounds of it, neither are you. Let us both decide to keep our sweeping generalizations to ourselves, and try not to believe everything you see on Fox News.
I fully understand that it takes time to bring the A9 to market, and a chip that can't run windows (I'm not including WinCE) has little appeal in the broader market. On the other hand, if integrators are going to put time and money behind new ARM products why use the A8? I long for when I can get my 2ghz dual-core ARM netbook with a 10" screen and all the connectivity I can think of.
GnuCash is an excellent accounting system to help you keep your financial accounts organized. I'm not really sure what is entailed with 'issuing a W-2' other than handing your employee a form. I have seen various companies use a combination wiki, dms and cms, all of which have many open source choices, to organize corporate data, and serve it in an clean and clear fashion to interested parties.
As far as tax filing software, it looks like this is not a foreign question to slashdot:
One of the products offered in the above link is: http://opentaxsolver.sourceforge.net/ Open Tax Solver
I am unclear what you mean by legal template. If you mean pre-formated document, OpenOffice.org has a large collection of templates you can browse through. If you mean canned agreements and contracts, they are around on the web, if you search for them. I must add IANAL so be careful using any generalized contract.
LDAP for addressbooks
Choose your own IMAP server
Choose your own MTA
Choose your content scanner
Choose your webmail package
Choose your calendar server
(do I need to continue?)
While I admit calendaring is a little shaky as of right now. Things in this arena have been changing drastically over the past 1 to 2 years. Looking at packages like lightning and chandler for clients, and davical, cosmo, Apple iCal server and others. There is a very powerful product that I have not explored yet that does bring all these pieces together called SOgo (Scalable Open Groupware). These options are not perfect but do follow standards and are easier to fit into your work process.
Oddly enough, Moore's observations are still viable, but it is the economy that is going to slow the trend. Demand is shifting from the same price point to one lower. This will cause a momentary dip in the trend. Once the new price point stabalizes Moore's Law will again be relevant.