I've been terribly discouraged to write anything in this thread due the collection of long-winded computer stories, but I'm bored, so here it goes:
To start, I've been using Linux since Slackware 1.0, and owned a //e. I used to have a huge distaste for Macintosh in the 90's due to compatibility / programming limitations on their Motorola processors. But, once I read that they're updating their image, using Intel, and basing their new OS on UNIX, I was sold. So this network engineer decided to dive in head first with the Mac extravaganza. It took three months for mine and my friend's MBP 15" (Which were purchased at the same time) to stop functioning due to failed fans and constant overheating. It took six months for the logic board in my iPhone 3G to overheat and completely fail beyond repair. And finally, it took a whopping year and a half for the hard drive in my 500GB time capsule to start clicking.
My Tandy 1000RLX still operates and functions perfectly to this day. The //e I decided to use as a stress management tool, and destroyed. Now, was this some freak accident in which all three Apple products were seriously lacking in quality for a single customer? I think not.
I agree that the stylish approach to electronics, and the super pretty and user-friendly environment of OSX is great. I also agree that you can't polish a turd, no matter how expensive the polish.
Edited by onef - 7/20/10 at 5:04pm