Maybe I'm wrong, but you seem like a heavy power user. If you are then more power to you, but not everyone wants to sit in front of a computer all day fiddling with drivers and installing parts. Some people just want to buy a computer and it works. If it stops, just take it to the apple store and say "fix, please", and it's in a modern, comfortable environment. Not everyone has the time to order parts on Newegg and fix their own computer, or even cares enough to do so. Like I said, it's about the feel and experience, which means ease of use, beauty, and ergonomics.
Ignoring how stupid the "windows users have to fix drivers and install new parts every day when they want to use their PC" argument is, everything you said in this paragraph can be easily applied to windows users, except replace "apple store" with "any place that works on PCs".
I also forgot to make the argument that:
If "it just works" and "it's easy to use" then you don't need to sign up for classes or take your system to an Apple Store for repair.
And if you have to take your computer to a store for repair and sign up for classes, then it doesn't "just work" and might not be that easy to use for some after all.
Either you need the support -or- "it just works". The two statements are pretty much mutually exclusive.
I'm not even trying to bash Macs specifically or bash the OP specifically; Macs are computers just like any other computers are. They have their uses, they work most of the time, and when they don't work, you can fix them.
I'm just attacking the notion that Macs are this special computer of awesome that surfs the web, stores your music, does your dishes, and takes your kids to school, and that Windows and Linux require a BS in Computer Engineering and three certifications just to turn them on, so that one can "fiddle with drivers" all day long.
If Macs are so magically perfect creations, where'd this come from?
If the OP wants to come out and say "Macs are fine, Windows is fine, Linux is fine, they're all fine" then I got no beef. But as someone who has spent years fixing problems with all three OSes, I'm going to forever argue the notion that Macs are this perfect invention.
Here's the thing about Apple:
They are these great innovators that come out with really great, really simple ideas. The iPod, iPad, iPhone... they have a brilliant idea, they spend a bunch of money on marketing and they sell it at a premium.
Then someone else copies the idea and sells a comparable product cheaper. Zune, Evo/Droid, no one copying the iPad yet, but give it a year and someone will have a comparable model running Windows at a lower price.
The problem is that after a company introduces a comparable product, Apple REFUSES to lower their prices. They still charge outrageous premiums on their product. Here's another good question: If Apple is so great, why don't they try to be competitive with the rest of the market? They'd sell way more computers if they weren't outrageously high, and "saves you money" is the ONE thing that Mac users have never been able to claim their product can do.
And honestly, the iPod and iPhone have come down A LITTLE, but their computers are still way up there. There are tons of people who own an iPod or an iPhone who would STILL never own an Apple computer because of the outrageous price. If you set aside high end stuff like gaming and photo/video editing, any computer will serve the needs of your average user, so where's the incentive to buy a system that costs three times as much as another? If a $40,000 car and a $120,000 car are just as reliable and just as efficient, but the $120,000 car has an Apple logo on it, why would anyone buy the Apple iCar other than to show off how much money they have to throw away?
Like I said, a Mac is no better a computer than anything else. Edited, Aug 14th 2010 4:08pm by Mikhalia