I’m not one to bash platforms… In most cases they all have their niche.
I’ve used Macs on ocassion, and never really liked them… I much prefer PCs, because you can open them up and do whatever you want with the insides… though there are some exceptions.
This is why I no longer like the big PC makers like Gateway, Dell, etc… They tend to try to make their boxes pretty (like macs). This tends to make it tough when upgrading and rearranging. For instance, I’ve got a standard square, beige case with a made-for-gateway CD-ROM in it… looks bad because it was made to fit in a funky-shape case, so now has no face. The other thing… they have been for many years trending towards “put it on the mobo”. My last gateway had both audio and video on the mobo, so I had to wait until I had enough to but both those cards until I could ugrade the mobo/chip.
Also, some companies design their PCs for either no upgrade capability, or you must upgrade through them, at a premium price. I believe Packard Bell (still in business?) and Compaq were bad about this at one time, though I don’t know about now. Good example, I helped an aunt put a new 28.8kbps modem in her Compaq. Took 10-15 minutes to figure out how the case opened… it was built like some Chinese puzzle box, lol. Then when I got it open, the card (ISA) wouldn’t fit… the tab on the back face didn’t fit with the case… I ended up having to cut the tab to fit. Obviously designed so only their stuff would fit for upgrades.
So, as far as PCs, I prefer home-built, housed in square beige cases. Of course… the case doesn’t have to stay that way. I’m about to move, and once I get home, get a new job, and have some money, I want to buy some tools and start playing around with case mods… I’ve seen some very beautiful cases that started out as standard square/beige cases. One in particular was made by a guy who was in the Hollywood props business, and made one in the Aliens movie style. He used some kind of plaster or something to sculp shapes onto the case… it was very nice… though not quite something I wanted sitting in my computer room, lol. Windows, neon lights, custom paint jobs, texturing, sculpting… all things you can do to a plain square/beige case.
Just my humble opinion.
Oh, and the most impressive OS I’ve used is the QNX 1.44mb demo. Full GUI OS, POSIX compatible, file system (though they were RAM drives for the demo), web browser, with fairly decent NIC, modem, video card, etc. support, all packed into a 1.44 meg floppy. I tried it on all my computers, only problem was with one, it didn’t have support for the NIC, a fairly old SMC card.