> "Around 2009 I bought in to the Apple system and quickly realised I was getting screwed.
We still have our 2009 Mac Pro tower running Windows 7 Ultimate on a Samsung SSD. It's a beast of a machine from the Apple of old. Those days are long gone."
You bought an Apple Mac Pro in 2009, it's still running strong 10 years later, but somehow you were getting screwed? Not sure that computes.
Please observe his final sentence in the bit you actually quoted.
Please note I was a Mac convert shortly after my first introduction in '88 or '89, and can confirm that Apple (the company) 's dedication to frikkin around with hardware to stuff up its users was well in place by the time of the Mac Plus. Go look up what the "SE" means in Mac SE, then look at what that implied for the hardware. Gassée has a LOT to answer for. Or look at the take-aparts for some of the quadras. Or the powerbooks. Or the deliberate soldering-in of components to prevent upgrade. Or the deliberate removal of components/interfaces to force upgrade. Or... etc. etc.etc.
For some sad reason, that particular ultra-toxic internal meme of Gassée's has sustained itself (well, he literally sacked everyone who wasn't gung-ho for it, so the remainder were then the next senior mgrs to hire people, etc, so... ), and Apple hardware retains even today, 30yrs later, the same dedication to A/ building solid kit, which B/ is a massive pain in the arse 12mths later when Apple does yet another pivot on shinymeme-du-jour.
To put it another way: any given Apple machine is well built and will continue to give good service. But ONLY so long as you take on serious that-machine-specific knowledge and effort to keep it running as software/hardware moves on. From keeping banks of spare hardware adapters, to remembering just WHICH particular flavour of low-level hardware instructions a new piece of kit must be compatible with, to keeping special software drivers, to maintaining multiple libraries and installations of old software in order to keep running it, etc.etc.etc.
"Amusingly", Microsoft a few years before had finally decided to ape Mac's back-compatibility. The NT kernel's API remains stable nearly 20yrs later and I can still install and run 20yo software on Win 10. Apple and MS basically swapped positions on that front.