Re: Windows updates
Regarding software, the experience of Win vs Mac is chalk and cheese. The time saving from not having to dick around is immense.
When 60hr weeks are the norm, the value of time is spending that time doing something I want to do. Not troubleshooting Windows yet again when some BS enforced update breaks something, or whatever malware problem it is today. A colleague of mine got suckered into accepting the Win11 update earlier, 7hrs later the machine was still grinding away uselessly. Pretty pathetic all things considered - even if little user input required.
Apple isn't immune to update blunders, but you do still have control over them. So you can let the early adopters work out the bugs then swap in a couple weeks after launch. MS, it's just whatever they feel like throwing at you today.
Hardware wise, it's extremely rare that I've needed to do anything with the innards of a laptop. And with a tiny minority of exceptions, laptops aren't particularly workable machines full stop. I'm critical of Apple because of the nonstandard parts that you would want to change at some point. Very annoying that they didn't opt for bog standard form factors for example.
I'd advocate using other OS on cheaper hardware if Apple is out of budget, though linux laptopland can be hit and miss. Media keys and non standard pathways for sound being common annoyances.
Not really sure where this rant is going, but, yes, the value of time to do something you want to do is very high. This is why we like our paid holiday etc thankyouverymuch!