I, too, was once an irrational Apple hater.
I used to say that since a Mac couldn’t use “X” piece of hardware, then it was inferior. Then, when I became a business owner, I started looking at computers differently.
Flashy hardware and astronomical benchmarks became secondary to “will it do what I want to do, day in and day out, without me having to mess with it.”
What the computer could do became secondary to what the computer was.
Anti-virus/Anti-spyware programs, defraggers, registry cleaners, etc., are time suckers and waste money. I bought them, kept them updated, used them, but still somehow Windows computers would get infected, corrupted or in some other fashion taken offline.
I went with Macs because I can focus on doing my REAL job, running a business, not being a glorified IT guy. For those few programs that I must have that only run on Windows, I have VMWare Fusion.
I didn’t do it for the prestige of owning Macs. I didn’t do it for the politics of the board of directors. I didn’t do it because Rush uses Macs. I did it because they WORK better than Windows machines.