Happy Birthday Macintosh, 30 years and still strong!
I have to admit, I was never a Mac zealot until late in my life but I crossed Apple products several times in my life. I grew up in a blue-collar family and Macs were out of scope to me, but grew up with exotic computers if you lived outside France or Europe such as the Thompson MO5 and TO7 (a blatant failure to introduce kids with sloppy computers), Alice 90, Amstrad CPC 6128 (3″disks!) and Atari 520STF (worst serial ports location ever). But my first experience with Apple was getting in touch with a Mac LCII when a young family practitioner setup his practice in our building (Dr. Abdallah) and discovering the famous “Afterdark’s flying toasters”. Then I got into a hiatus from 1997 to 2003, in which I was PC because that was where games were back then. Then I got exposed to Apple products again through my professors. It was not until I got into my PhD that I entered Apple. Back then my PhD supervisor was a Mac fan and had this cool Powermac G4 and told me “if you want to spend your time fixing your computer then fine. If you want to use your computer to have work done, then get a Mac” and a couple of weeks later my brand new Gericom laptop died from a faulty hard drive. I bought an G3 Blueberry iBook for $100 to keep connected and got a MacOS X Panther CD from the IT campus (campus licence, another cool stuff from Apple) and it was so user-friendly. Seeing Lara (my PhD supervisor) getting her brand new water-cooled Quad G5 with an Apple Cinema Display (23inches) was such a pleasure. I had to wait until April 2007 to get my first MacBook. Since then, I never used Windows ever (except when using scientific instruments in which the computer was connected).
Apple computers have this unique story that you rarely get rid of them, unless when they are beyond repair. They are unique, they are your Macs and become part of your life. I have still my G3 revamped with a G3/466 Firewire, a Powermac G4 that Mom uses, a Powermac G5 with an ADC 17″ and a MacBookPro 15″ October 2011 model.