Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Sep 2012 19:36 UTC
Apple I bought a brand new iMac on Tuesday. I'm pretty sure this will come as a surprise to some, so I figured I might as well offer some background information about this choice - maybe it'll help other people who are also pondering what to buy as their next computer.
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Blast from the past
by Tony Swash on Fri 28th Sep 2012 08:50 UTC
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I bought my first Mac in 1986 or thereabouts. Until then I had been using a CP/M machine and still marvelled at the wonder of word processing. But we needed a DTP system in our design studio and after a lot comparison research we settled on a MacII with a 13 inch colour monitor and a huge 8 megs of RAM linked to a Laserwriter and running Aldus Pagemaker. I think it cost nearly £5000. After it had been delivered and set up, a process that involved plugging all the cables in and turning it on, I stayed late to play with this weird looking new system. A white screen - how unusual, all the screens I had seen and worked on before were jet black with glowing green letters. I ended up staying way too late that first night and by the time I finally turned it off I knew that I would never want to use another system ever again. The next day when I booted up my CP/M machine (it was an Amstrad PCW word processor) I found the command line interface absurd and wished I was the designer who had been allocated the new mac system in our team.

I have only really had a few such moments with computer kit since then like those first few hours with the Mac. One was when I first got a Palm Pilot and dumped my Filofax, another was when I first used an iPhone and another was when I first used an iPad. Getting my first digital camera was also a bit magical after three decades of film photography. I wonder when the next such moment will come. and with what.

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