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ddw in windsor tech: How Many Mudcatters using MACs? (175* d) RE: How Many Mudcatters using MACs? 13 Aug 99

Mac at work and OOOOLD PC at home. Both work fine for what they are designed for, so there's not beef with either. The Macs are editing/layout tools for a newspaper and I use my 1988 Commadore PC 10-III for writing and storing household lists, song lyrics, etc.

Before we got Macs at work -- which are now being upgraded, since these are about five years old -- we were using a Harris pagination system that was completely dedicated to layout and an old (we're talking ancient!!!) SDC system for writing and massaging copy. The paper bought the SDCs in about 1974 and I still consider them one of the finest word processors I've ever seen, but then we had to have other systems for everything else we did. At one point we had eight count 'em, eight different systems in the newsroom, each with it's own foibles. The Macs came in and everything could be done on one machine. Joy!

Since I've never used Windows, I can't comment on how it compares to Mac's icon-driven operation, but I've found with the latter it's a lot faster and easier to use mnemonics than to fool around with pull-down menus.

Alas, I've afraid the old PC is going to have to go soon, since the strife and I are thinking about getting into a little side business that would require a lot of Internet work and the poor old thing probably doesn't have enough memory to open most web sites' graphics. I'll probably go Mac when I do, just because it would be less hassle than having to think differently depending on which machine I'm using.


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