I probably had a Mac before you.
I still have it.
The little 9" BW Macintosh Apple of 1984.
Mine still has all the employees names inside the case. 1 of 100,000. I did up grade it to a "fat mac".
My daughter keeps it now as a "collectible".
But then I wanted to do more than "paint" and Pac man and donkey kong.
So I bought a PC.
I was happy for many years.
And then came the Internet and i was ecstatic and even awed (Perhaps because I spent my career working (HW & SW) on MUCH bigger machines than PCs) by the incredible power and potential of the internet.
But shortly after that..... came criminals who would steal my pleasure with their Virus'.
But we fought back.
Eventually, in my house anyway, the Criminals won.
I was spending money and time fighting Virus'.
I was spending AT LEAST 4 hours a week running scans and removing infected files, etc.
I tired of the game.
I am a professional investor now. and I don't need a machine performing incorrectly when I am placing a large trade online.
So I looked for an alternative.
You are right.
Mac is the graphics machine of choice among the pros.
And the ultimate PC is faster than the ultimate Mac on a series of Benchmarks. (But the MAc is faster than the ultimate PC on "some" individual Benchmarks.)
Halo has been mentioned here.
Mac wins on Halo Benchmarks hands down most of the time.
But I really don't care abiout that.
If the PC performs a series of Raw data manipulations faster than a MAC by a few seconds, I frankly don't care.
Again. some things WILL be faster on my mac than ANY PC.
So even if you grew up on Macs I don't think you have ever used Spotlight. And probably not widgets either.
Or you wouldn't be comparing a windows find program to it, even if there are Kybd shortcuts to start the execution.
Since Macs have gone to a complete Unix implementation they are almost unbreakable. They have no "blue screen of death". It is truly an industrial strength OS.
Especially compared to Microsofts offerings.
And because the Mac has only penetrated maybe 5% of the market, the criminals do not bother with Virus'.
My last PC, which my wife uses for checkbook and games now, was an HP 7850 933 mHZ machine with 256 MB that couldn't be expanded any larger.
I spent several hours a week, sometimes having to restore the entire OS to get it p and running.
There were many many attacks on it and the various malware and spyware packages were only partially successful.
They can't write the answer until they have seen the question.
I have now had my Mac for 6 mos and i have not spent ANY time working on getting the machine back in shape.
They just do things in a very intelligent manner imo.
Spotlight starts looking for docs, or exe, or Jpg, etc AS YOU TYPE THE NAME.....I have been very conservative with my estimates.
Actually most searches (which search for the word in First, the title, then the content) are completed in less than 1 second.
But you would probably have to experience it to believe it.
I don't even use the function that much, but it is an indication that this is not your father's mac.
Another example is when you DL a system software update for instance, the final step of the automatic install is to clean up the disc and do a defrag. Smart.
I know that the Mac isn't for everybody, but it is interesting that it is just like our cars.
People have an opinion even if they have never driven the car in question.
A modern mac is like a good woman.
Once you have tried one you will never go back to pizza and beer.
BTW you can run a two button mouse on a Mac and yes the right click will work.......on some things.
It bothered me for a couple of days.......
But just as bad is when I go back to the PC and click on something to open it and then I wait, and I wait and then i remember TWO clicks to open.....why?