I told myself for more than 15 years that id never spend my money on any apple computer.
the last week i bough an old g3-400 blue and white tower.
Im impressed with the OS on many levels. Primarily this was apple ability to put a stable, pretty interface over the top of unix. I also got a copy of tiger to go along with it.
I have used many different comptuers over the years including the original mac 128 and mac+ ,administered quadras of all sorts, to amigas, to pcs of all sorts going back to the 8086, a NeXt slab which lies dormant in my office, to irix (sgi), sunos/solaris (sun), linux, free/open bsd, SVR4.2, etc..
Basically i bought it for something to play with though. It does not do anything that i cannot do with another machine. its a fun toy..
pearpc was a factor, but also friends and coworkers.
I do have to say that I am not impressed with the amount of testing done onb the hardware for macs.. As a long time mac advocate told me, "you spend alot of time hating apple being a mac owner."
Macs are picky about ram, they exhibit nasty behaviour if the clock battery goes, thier support for some hardware is sketchy. Scsi controllers that ship with some macs which are identical to thier pc cousins, seem to have a problem with certain disk sizes, booting, etc..
Ive been a pc tech for years. Ive seen tons of problems with pc's. Most of which was due to bad installation or faulty third party hardware.
Windows isnt the prettiest thing around.. but it works.. and if you treat it well it will treat you well in return..
There are lots of bugs in windows.. many security holes. I wouldnt trust microsoft to paint my garage door.. But much of this is a product of familiarity. As the rise in popularity of the new macs increases.. so will the discoveries of new vulnerabilities. It is the way of the world.
Each computer has a purpose.. and each does certain things well.
I wouldnt buy a mac to play games and i wouldnt run a server on a windows machine. I wouldnt even run it on a mac... id used the tried and true unix system which lacks many of the commercial user level enhancements.
Ill stop my rant now. Everyone should try out as many computers as they can.. So at least they can know what they are talking about.