I bought my first computer when my son was still a baby (he's 12 now). I heeded the advice of my friends and got a Mac. I've never regretted that decision. This post is being made with an ibook.
I went into a Radio Shack one day for a cable I needed-- this must have been around 1995. The clerk told me that they didn't carry any Mac cables, and besides, Apple was on it's way out.
Cleaning out my basement today, I came across an issue of Wired from 1997. It had an article entitled "101 Ways to Save Apple." There were various suggestions-- some serious, some tongue in cheek-- about how to save Apple. One of them, presciently, was "Switch to Intel Chips." Conspicuously missing was "Invent the Ipod," the thing that was one of the keys to saving Apple.
I've worked using PC's and Macs, and there's no contest. Macs are, in the words of my friend Ron, the computers that don't suck.