Back in 2003 I joined the zany cult of computer karma "with my pants down" but at an auspicious time. Got my 12" PowerBook G4 a couple of months after that year's Macworld ... 867MHz in all its glory and here I am still using it today.
Too many lost hours of pc hell in 2002 ultimately drove me to it. At first I thought my old hardware was wrong, then I thought the software, and then ... sternly looking the smoking wreckage of custom rigs and windows and linux installs in the face I finally realised it. F*** THIS I'M GETTING A MAC!!!
Best decision ever. Almost four years now of getting my geek on and haven't looked back.
Unlike our smart new switchers, I knew next to jack about the platform yet alone likely hardware release schedules. I knew that G4 was better than G3 and that Macs looked good, as did their shiny new OS mysteriously called Jaguar. Apple's own website helped me out as I read about all the newfangled technologies and built in features of the big cat, soothing my angst about being stuck without software. As it turned out that ended up not being an issue at all. Indeed, I'm totally stuck for software to recommend to windows people now.
The Mac lineup back when I was buying:http://www.designedinca.com/2003/01/07/
The Mac lineup today:http://www.designedinca.com/2007/01/06/
If I was a newb today I'd probably be eyeing up one of the MacBooks for my needs, and would have a couple of hundred in change. How time moves on.
(Designed in California is a great little database for running queries like that.)