Today I sold off my last ever PC, less than 6 months after buying my first, new iMac. 6 months without Windows, and I haven't looked back. And I used to be quite the naysayer too.
I'm not quite sure why I thought I hated Apple, and why I was convinced that Macs were just expensive PCs tarted up with a frivolous operating system. I also don't know what exactly made me want to convert, but I think it started with the iPhone. Certainly not the iPod, as that's an infuriating machine to work with on a PC if you don't like iTunes being on it aswell.
My friend Lizzie donated an old, first-generation Mac Mini to me in late 2008 so I could get better acquainted with OSX, and from there I graduated to a second-hand PowerBook and thence, in September of 2009 to the big 21.5" iMac I'm blogging with now.
Two weeks ago I bought myself, what I've convinced myself is the only laptop I'll ever need, a 13" MacBook Pro. I'm thinking that my mighty PowerBook will function as a handy Apple TV replacement, with the remote control 'n all.
Since switching to a Mac I've been able to be more creative. It's a cliche, but absolutely true. because my USB keyboard - as in "piano keyboard" - "just works" when I plug it in, I can get straight on writing stupid songs, or composing music for my podcasts, which are also easier to put together, especially now I'm starting to get to grips with some of GarageBand's less obvious features.
I'm really conscious of becoming one of those glib arseholes who trot out the same line anytime a friend expresses their frustration with a PC ("well, should've bought a Mac", "hey, that's Windows for you", "I wouldn't know, 'cos on a Mac you just..." and so on), as it was partly that smugness that kept me out of the Apple loop for so long.
I can't tell you why I think Apple's stuff is (mostly) better. Their mice are still pretty crap and their keyboards can't take more than a drop of liquid before frying, but things like installation, WiFi, security... they're just loads easier.
Having said all that, I won't be buying an iPad any time soon.