In my home, between the kids, wife and I, we have 3 Apple computers, the oldest being a 2009 model and 6 devices running either Windows 7 or 8. I am a System Designer for a large Aerospace company that specializes in Integration with a variety of Operating Systems, from the server level to the desktop.
I can honestly say that the best computer I own is a Macbook running Windows 7. It doesn't have squat for input options though and is asked to very little. If I could take my custom built PC, which is far more powerful and capable of anything with me, I would, the Macbook is the nicest traveler though. Apple fan boys are worse than the average Niner fan, I have had more than one person tell me "nice computer" while using it, including my cousin. I asked him, what's so nice about it? His reply was "it looks cool and it's an Apple so it is better anyways right". I showed it to him, running x64 Win 7. He didn't even know that Apple made their own POS operating system.
No one, I mean NO ONE can justify the existence of Mac OSx. The fact that Apple even charges anything to use it makes me want to puke. Every Mac I own crashes with some frequency, full on, "you need to restart your computer" messages.
Since Win 7 came out, I have yet to crash any of the 6 Windows devices, ZERO crashes, no freezes, nothing. With kids ages 10-14 and a technically challenged wife, that I'd saying something. Especially with a custom built box.
I read all about Roland's dislike for Apple and I know folks like to get a rise out of him, but he is right. I go both ways on this crap, I will still buy Apple stuff, because I get tax credit for it and I need to know everything about all system types, I even use them regularly but if I had to choose only one device to survive on, it would be a PC based system. Some time ago, marketing folks and designers used to have an advantage using a Mac, but those days are long gone.
It has been years since I was working on a project, whether video or text, that I told myself "I should do this with the Mac."
Apple provides machines to kids in schools sometimes, but that is only to keep a population of fan boys around to spew off how great they are. With money as no object as it applies to computing, I choose the PC system. I certainly don't feel that a Mac is a wise financial option, because I really don't care if others think my computer is "cool" and I care more about function than I do the experience of opening the package.
My favorite fanboy line is "I just joined the Mac community yesterday and this is the most reliable computer I have ever owned"
After a whole day, the fanboy has awarded the reliability factor to a pretty box he opened. I swear, Apple must line the packaging with high grade cocaine, because even I get all excited about opening my Mac retail box. It wears off just as quick as cocaine too.
Put that in your Time Machine and smoke it Apple. :-)
"The life you lose may be your own" - Drunk dude at the bar