The reason I bought my first Mac- after 24 years of being a Windows loving, Apple hating person - was because my son had, once again, gone to a gaming cheat code site that was a front for the latest and greatest virus.
Even though I was “protected” by Norton, the virus still infected the computer. After researching on the web, the best advice was format the drive and reinstall Windows. There goes the weekend...
My wife then suggested that I give the kids my computer and we buy a new one for me. Vista had just come out and sucked. I wasn’t thrilled with my options and my wife suggested I look at Macs. She might have well asked me to drink poison.
After much bitching on my part, she dragged me to the Apple store. The youth pastor of our church worked there. I told him the hundred reasons I didn’t want a Mac, mostly because I used Windows-only programs way too much.
He walked me to a Mac Pro, hit a key and Windows popped up. I asked if this was dual-booted. He said no, Windows was running simultaneously with OSX. He press another key and Windows was in a window on the Mac.
That did it. I could have my cake and eat it too. All the goodness of Mac hardware, all the Windows compatibility I needed.
That was the chink in the armor. iPods and iPhones soon followed. We bought iMacs for the office. A Mac Mini became our server. The cool part is - and you won’t understand until you do it yourself - Macs, especially together, just work.
I remember the trials and tribulations of Windows networking, with every version being a little different (Home, Professional, 32 bit, 64 bit, etc.). Nothing like that in the Mac world. Everything works together seamlessly and easily.
So go ahead and live in your Windows-centric FUD filled world. I will enjoy my Macs.
BTW...just sold my ten year old Mac Pro for $400. While it wouldn’t update to the latest operating system, it was still very functional for web surfing, email, word processing, etc...