Rich Galen

Today, at 8 AM local time, the Apple iPad (colloquially, but not officially, known as the iPad 3) goes on sale at the hundreds of Apple stores in the US and overseas, plus Wal-Mart, AT&T, Verizon, Best Buy, Radio Shack and Target stores.

Thing is, most stores got a total of 15-20 units and it is likely there were that many people lined up outside your local Best Buy by midnight last night.

I am not an Apple person. I am a PC person. I was not a Steve Jobs fan, and having read Walter Isaacson's biography of him my non-fandom was well-placed. I have always been a Bill Gates fan because … I'm not certain why, but I have been.

I am much more comfortable in a Windows environment on my PC than on an OS X machine. And don't bother emailing me to tell me how much I would love the Apple system if I just gave it a chance.

I don't want to give it a chance.

I do own three Apple products. An iPod which was a present from Mullfave Ginny Wolf and which I used to wearing it out; an iPhone which I bought a couple of months ago when my umpteenth Blackberry stopped working; and an iPad. Two iPads … soon to be three.

I bought an iPad as a gift for The Lad when they first came out two years ago. He is an Apple person and wise beyond his years. When I told him I had pre-ordered the iPad for him he said I was going to want one soon enough and I should order one for myself.

As usual, I took his advice and, as usual, he was correct.

When I got my iPad I quickly realized that there was one button on the front, the screen was jet black, and I had no idea what to do next. I called The Lad and asked him what was supposed to happen and warned him not to feed me that "Apple is soooo intuitive, crapola, because I couldn't get it to do anything."

Having been related to me for over three decades he waited until I was done, told me what to press, how to slide my finger around the screen, and "if you get stuck, just tap around the edge of the screen - sooner or later a help screen will appear."

Yeah. Well.

There was a time when I wrote database software to help make ends meet and some of it was pretty good.

None of it was written on an Apple. All of it was written on PCs first with DOS, then with Windows.

Now, I have become something of an iPad geek. As I have mentioned to you before I was a Geek before the word geek was invented which, according to the Oxford English Dictionary was in 1984.

I have "jailbroken" my iPad to put apps on that are not sanctioned by Apple. I happily use my iPad as a substitute for my new laptop and I really like my new laptop.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at