I have owned the very first white MacBook (bought it on release day). Then bought the aluminum MacBook Pro 13 inch. Now have the retina.
With those, I have always maintained a desktop PC running Windows (Core Duo, Core 2 Quad, now Core i7). I've never felt like I have been sucked into one...
After having a 2012 rMBP since it came out, I can guarantee the $2300 I spent on this machine was worth it. I love this thing to bits. It's so solid of a machine and I don't regret it one bit. I've never had issues and its been a joy to use.
Pentium 4 660
Pentium D somewhere in here
Core Duo T2400 (Socket 479)
Intel C2Q Q6600
Intel i5 4670k
All except the last two were engineering samples. I had a lot before the 660, but I can't remember them. Mostly same gen 478 engineering samples.
VMWare Fusion FTW. I run it alongside OS X during school to take notes on OneNote. Overkill? Sure, but it gets the job done. Parallels is crap compared to VMWare. Mucks up OS X and Windows after install and was generally unstable.
The PPC macs should be able to boot from firewire. Get a firewire drive, burn the iso to it and boot off that...hurray!
(also, if you have a mac with firewire, you can make a partition and write the iso to it and boot in target mode (hold-T) and select the imaged drive)
I never used it in college because I could still manage paper notes in notebooks. In medical school, I find it to be the best solution. All the professors use powerpoint and they're all rather speedy during lecture. Trying to write everything down is a fool's errand and definitely not for me...
What's the best wireless keyboard? What's the best USB/PS2 keyboard?
I'm doing some gaming and a lot of typing in terms of Word/OneNote and want something comfortable to type on. I REALLY like chiclet/macbook/laptop style keyboards.
I've been using VMWare Fusion 3 and will soon be upgrading to 4. I really like 3. Parallels was REALLY intrusive both OS X and Windows wise, but VMWare has kept everything pretty virgin. I really like it.