While I had always been an Apple user (used Apple IIe computers at school and owned an Apple IIc), I hadn't actually used a Mac until about 1987 or so. My father was sharing an office with another guy who did some printing with mimeographs and copying machines. Eventually, this guy got himself what I believe was a Mac 128 or a Mac 512k. I instantly fell in love with it. Some years later I was reintroduced to the Macintosh in a music lab where I would spend time sequencing music through MIDI. This solidified my love for the Mac platform so much that we even bought a Performa 6220CD PPC Mac in 1995. It was a good machine for a long time, despite it's issues (thanks to Apple crippling this hardware at the time). Even during Apple's darkest moments in the 90s, I was a full supporter of the platform. However, due to being a poor student I had no choice but to take a PC with Windows as a computer for some years. Regardless, my love for the Mac would never falter. During this time I would also be introduced to the world of open source and Linux.
I had completely moved from Windows to Linux sometime after my wedding in 2000 (still had Windows for the occasional gaming and for the wife). In 2002, I acquired an old Macintosh Quadra 650 from a Mac-loving coworker who didn't use it anymore. She was aware that I had knowledge and a fondness for Macs (I was running a Power Mac G3 Beige as my workstation). She also realized I couldn't afford a Mac at the time and offered to give me this one. I immediately accepted and had her set up at home running Mac OS 8.1. I had relived a lot of my college years and some of my childhood and later on decided to have it serve web pages for our family.
About two years ago, I acquired another Mac from a guy in a Linux user group. This was a PowerPC Macintosh clone from Motorola, the StarMax 4000. During the mid-90s I had always wanted one of the clones, which at the time were far superior to what Apple had (hence the cannibilization of Apple's market and the inevitable end of the Mac cloning era). I rigged the heck out of that with a USB card, a 3dfx Voodoo3 2000 video card, and some other expansion devices. I finally had my own PowerPC Mac with which I could run OS 9 (and also dabble with PowerPC Linux). It wasn't until later last year that I would finally reach the upper echelons of Mac computing with Mac OS X.
In September, I finally bought myself a revision B iMac G5. I am typing this right now on my lovely iMac running Tiger and I'm loving very minute of it. I still own a couple of PCs for Windows and Linux, and my other Macs are still holding strong, but my iMac is now the machine of choice and the Mac platform will continue to be my choice for many years to come.
Now if only I had purchased Apple stock in the 90s....
• Apple iMac G5 17" (2 GHz G5) - Mac OS X 10.5.8/Ubuntu 10.04
• Asus Eee PC 901 (1.6 GHz Atom N270) - Fedora 13
• Apple Macintosh Quadra 650 (33 MHz MC68040) - Mac OS 8.1
• "JHVH-1" (2 GHz AMD Athlon XP 2400+) - Slackware 13.1