For the better part of the last decade and a half, I have made a living supporting folks working in a Windows environment. I have guided users through the process of learning and using Windows. I have upgraded users from Windows 3.1 to Windows 95 to Windows 98 to Windows 2000 (happily skipping WinMe) to Windows XP to Windows 7.
During this time I have personally had many Windows-based computers as my primary home computer. With the exception of my first PC (which was a used Digital Equipment Corp. 386sx16,) I have built all of these computers by purchasing the various components, assembling them together and then installing Windows. Along the way I have had a variety of name brand, second-hand computers performing a variety of other household tasks but I never got myself a brand-new computer, until today.
Today I went to the Apple store and came home with a 13″ MacBook Air (2011) with a Core i5 processor and OS X Lion. This is definitely not the first Mac that I have had, but it is the first new one and the first time that I my primary home computer has not been Windows-based.
Now I just need to learn how to use it.