To the best of my recollection, around Xmas 1998, I got my second computer: Atari 520ST (Motorola 68K 16/32bit CPU with 512KB of Ram).
I never really learned assembly on that one because the compilable GFA basic was actually quite fast and powerful.
Around the same time, my dad started with PCs, which I learn to disdain and hate pretty early on (they sucked compared to the Atari, and the Amiga but they had the marketing and business apps). To this day, I've never really done any DOS or windows programming: I've never had any desire to learn that crap. Thankfully I'm still windows and i386 programming free today :)