I'm surprised at the number of folks here running Linux. Maybe not that surprising considering engineers are clearly over-represented around here.
I'm not, however I am
surprised by how many people still try to immediately suggest purchasing an overpriced Apple for basic day-to-day computing around here. If you've hit FI or get a really sharp deal on it, it's one thing, but even from a purely philosophical standpoint... how anyone can without good reason defend purchasing hardware from a company who deliberately designs machines to not
be user serviceable and repairable, values form over function, is built with planned obsolescence in mind with a closing, proprietary ecosystem and sold at a price premium for their implementation of mostly low-to-midrange consumer-grade hardware in these parts is a bit beyond me. And do keep in mind that this is coming from someone who had his own mother on Apple hardware for over a decade to keep support and ownership costs low before switching her to Ubuntu.
I'm not saying they don't design nice equipment or even functional equipment, nor am I saying that OSX doesn't have its value and place as a potential platform in certain users workflow, or that reasonable bargains can't be had on used Apple equipment; what I am
saying is that their design philosophy deliberately greases overinflated consumerism, wasteful and frequent spending and decidedly anti-environmental behaviors in most
Apple customers who then somehow get suckered into thinking that theirs is the only
way to get some sort of simple and robust end-user experience.
Intelligent mustachian computing should be mostly done on cheap business-class refurbs from manufacturers like Lenovo and Dell or built custom to your own needs, where you can learn how to service and repair the equipment yourself. If you just want disposable tiny sealed appliances designed to not be serviced and have a certain level of planned obsolescence, save your money and buy a "disposable" $50 Android-on-a-stick system or a Chromebook. If you want low-maintenance and easy to use but with some flexibility, learn how to use Ubuntu. Education and flexibility with your own computational skills only makes you more badass with time. If you're not technical enough to pull that off and just want something that works no matter the cost, then you might
have reason to consider a Mac, but remember that Windows 7/8 mostly fits that bill now as well...