I sometimes wonder why anyone would be interested in owning a PC. It's not so much the hardware, which has steadily gotten cheaper. You can buy a decent 32-bit system based on an Intel, Motorola, or Zilog processor for only a couple thousand dollars these days. But the software costs are stunning. WordStar 2005 still runs several hundred dollars, though WordPerfect's pricing strategies since Borland bought the company has helped keep it more affordable. Lotus still has a lock on the spreadsheet market, and $695 is too much for most users.