All the same FUD has been spread before and no one has been clamoring to return to Win 3.11.
Well, gee, I dunno. I really miss that big, black screen with the blinking C:\>.
For years, it was a game of leapfrog between the hardware guys and the software guys. Intel would come out with a new chip, and everybody would say, "Ohmigod! We'll never need that much power." -- but, pretty soon they did.
I am running an Intel I7-3820 on an Asus P9X79 M/B, with 16 gigs of RAM. With eight threads running, it does everything but take out the trash. Even with video conversions, it doesn't even pause to take a breath. Yet, I know that there is some guy at Adobe (or elsewhere) who is saying, "Hot damn! Look what I could do with this!" He will catch up to me. I know that, and that is what makes it fun.
For the children among us, I remember when I would hit "Recalc" in a VisiCalc spreadsheet (on an Apple II+), then go take a walk in the factory, because I knew it was gonna be a while. It's called "progress," folks, and has been happening longer than some of you have been alive.
"Lazy and weak?," well, yeah, maybe, but that long climb from AppleDOS to Windows 8 does take a lot of energy. It is, of course, remotely possible that I still have enough energy left for one more climb.
See ya at the finish line.