My first encounter with a Mac was in 1988, when I quit my job as a librarian and got one as a PC support operative in a state government department. At the time the Department had About 150 personal computers and around 50 of them were Macs. At that time I was an IBM PC user, so I didn’t have much to do with the Macs, but there were a couple of Mac Plus’s in the PC support area for shared use. These were the harddrive-less models, but someone had shoe horned 20 MB hard drives into them, and I can clearly remember coming into the area and seeing smoke coming out of the top of one of them, because of course they had no fans.
None of the IBM PCs in the building was networked in 1988, but the Mac users had got together and setup AppleTalk networks, which they used to share the humungously expensive Laserwriters.
The first Mac I owned was a Mac Mini that I bought in around 2005. It was the last model before Apple switched to Intel processors, so it was a bit of a dead end. I acquired it to host my music library, which consisted of the tracks I had ripped from my CD collection. I’d tried a number of Windows-based music players, and having installed iTunes, I figured I should try running it on a Mac.
I continued using Windows through every version between Windows 286 and whatever the awful one before Windows 7 was called. I’d been outsourced from my state government job to Andersen Consulting, and been made redundant by it, and I was working as my wife’s office manager when Apple released the first MacBook Air (2010?). I’d become progressively more annoyed by the problems I experienced getting Windows to run successfully on the PCs I was bulding myself, so I bought one. I loved it. After a few months of using the laptop as my main machine I bought a 23” iMac. That in turn has been replaced by a 27” iMac (well, 2 - one bought in 2013 and the current one bought in 2016). I persuaded my wife that she would like to ditch her PC in favor of my old 23” - which is now 7 years old, and still going strong. Meanwhile Microsoft seems to have been producing worse and worse versions of Windows. I’m glad I made the switch. Although I do miss Delphi.