I totally understand Spud's and others' not being aligned with Apple design, etc. We're all wired different(ly). And I am exactly out of alignment with most everything the other platforms did. Apple brought design to the digital platform.
I learned programming on mid sized machines (PDP11s, etc.) with punch cards, then remote terminals, then the original IBM PC. I started coding digital typography on PCs in the early 80s and produced journals and magazines that way. I went to grad school for programming and digital imaging, again, on big machines that were more or less forced to do what they did. But the Mac changed all that and changed my career big time. I spent close to 10 years at Time Inc. during the desktop publishing revolution, when PC World was published...on a Mac, like nearly every other magazine. Images, typography, illustration, color were all enabled by the Mac. Plug-in architecture (as we know it today) started at Quark and Adobe, on Macs. We had off the shelf Macs running as powerhouse servers for years, when MS servers had to be rebooted every week. Their remote access controls, headless utility, and fabulous memory management couldn't be beat other than by the Sun servers, which they ran along side of.
I started midi music recording on the IBM in 1985, but within a couple years I changed to the Mac. Sound, music, midi, color, fonts were baked into the OS. It just worked. I was baffled when friends would have to upgrade their video card or install a sound card. Wtf? Apple was born with this in its DNA and didn't need much more than a power outlet.
I didn't drink the kool-aide, I just had to get things done. Enjoying it was something I took for granted.
What was the question, again?