what are you people TALKING about?
There's too many quotes to respond to, so I'll just random-fire.. about not programming on an Apple.. where did that come from? I do C++ and Java programming ALL the time on G4's in my University's computer lab (when they're free). It's as reliable as the SunBlade 100s I used until they installed the Gnome DE and removed the JAVA SDK, thus getting rid of the only reason anyone went on those. Regardless, the G4s work flawlessly, and get on them whenever I can. Windows - based computers, on the other hand.. I nearly lost all of my source code when Windows crashed, and my hard drive was corrupted. That's this computer I'm on, ironically.
Not to mention Microsoft's "genious" in linking programs together for ease-of-use for the average user.. does anyone ever wonder why virii spread so fast? You don't even have to CLICK on a file anymore.. scripts contained in pop-up text does all the work. And IE is linked to Outlook Express, which e-mails everyone in your contacts list, and voila - the internet slows to a crawl.
Not to mention that Windows XP could use a year's worth of 24/7 debugging. I can't imagine what Microsoft's programmers were thinking when they developed this. Rather than actually rooting out the sources of many problems, the code seems to mostly consist of a series of try/catch blocks which more or less amount to "If the program doesn't run as predicted, close down all running applications without leaving anyone the ability to save." Also.. can anyone say "memory leaks"? Memory management in Windows is atrocious, and should be the first task on the list for Longhorn. Anyone who hasn't had SOME problem with Windows is a dirty rotten liar, unless all they do is boot it up and shut it down in a padded room all day long. I've had SOME problems with the Sparcs, I've had SOME with the G4s/G5s, but I've had ten times as many with Windows-based computers.
As for interoperability with Windows, it's excellent right now. The wall, for the most part, has come down in Mac-to-PC file sharing, so as far as all common files go, it isn't an issue anymore.
I don't know why anyone would say that a Mac USED to be a good investment - in fact, it used to be a terrible one. Why do you think people are using first-generation EMacs as aquariums? Because they're hunks of junk.
There are *two* thing I like about Windows - familiarity. It feels like home. Secondly, support for AMD chips (although, then again, there's Linux..) AMD and IBM have the right idea as far as system architecture goes; Intel should be left behind. The fact that an Opteron can outperform a G5 in some tests shows that AMD is creating great chips; now, Microsoft just has to create a good OS to boot. Other than that, it's a horribly coded piece of stinky ass, and would never recommend it to anyone serious about content creation - *unless* they also wanted to play any game they wanted to. However, that's why I buy a PlayStation or an XBox - I don't have to upgrade every six months to get the results I want.
As a closing note... does no one remember that Microsoft STOLE Windows from Apple? Again, I'm typing this on a Windows computer, but hey, it's not like I had to pay for it