Firstly, I'd like to apologize for my delay in replying back to this thread.
Secondly, I'd would like to thank everyone for their adivce and anecdotes; I found them to be very helpful!
Thank you John Fidel for being the first to reply and it's good to see you again. Thank you Mark Allison, ukfraser, Fabian, Micheal Miles,
and Julie Falling. Thank you Timothy Jenney for you sharing you experiance with working with Macs.
Thank you Dan Francis, Mark Nigro for you advice, too. I think you are right in that IBM clones/Windows Pc's tend to be be much cheaper than Macs with the same specs, this is one reason why I have usually continued to buy Window's Machines and why they are still very tempting
I liked Windows Xp and 7 a lot, but Windows 8 and 8.1 have not been very pleasent experiances. I know Windows 10 is out, but I am a little afraid to try it because of WIndows 8. Here is an example of one issue I had: the notebook computer I have been using had a special GPU and it's driver work okay with windows 7, but no driver for it has ever released for windows 8/8.1 with caused my computer to run both GPU at the same time and over heat all of the time. I hope windows 10 is better, but because apple make both the hardware and the software for their computers I think they might be safer. The only issue is that there aren't any Apple repair or stores in the city I live in.
I am also very curious about Daniel Semler's question, too.
(If I have omited anyone it is by acciendent/oversight only.)
Thridly, I know that with MBP one can switch out their harddrive/SSD drive in case of hardware failure, but I wonder about the longevity of the Macbook Air's on board flash storage. I would imagine that having flash storage on the mother board would make for faster seek and write times, but I happen to run into troubles with flash storage on an MBA would I be able to use apple care replace or change out the flash storage?
Edited by bkMitchell, 24 August 2015 - 07:19 PM.