Thursday, March 05, 2009

I did it!

Ok, all you Mac fans - I'm there. I went to the Apple store this morning and by the time I left, an hour and a half later, I had a MacBook under my arm, along with Office for Mac and Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac (need to transfer those files from cyberspace backup). Altogether, much more than I wanted to spend but I have just had it with Windows and decided it is time I went back to Apple. I had an Apple IIe in 1982. I worked for a computer magazine and not one person on staff had a computer because it was all about mainframes & mini computers and desktops were not really common. We worked on our IBM Selectrics till I got the idea that it was idiotic for the promotion director of a COMPUTER magazine not to do her word processing on a COMPUTER. So I submitted a proposal, batted my eyelashes at the VP finance and got my Apple. That meant I had to have one at home so I could take my work home - So, at Christmas 1982 when the new IIe came out, we bought one for the house. 128K RAM and a floppy drive or two. As I recall, the early floppy discs were the same size as today's CD's. Tomorrow I will get organized with it. Today, I was at the NJ QuiltFest - Mancuso show. It was very quiet - but hopefully, it will pick up tomorrow and over the weekend. I visited the vendors, replaced my Omingrid 24" which had broken off at 19" (don't ask how) and hung out at Handloom Batik, keeping Usha company, chatting with the customers, and generally relaxing. I didn't take any pictures - I told Usha that I could just put up the photo I took last year of the two of us in her booth and nobody would be the wiser. But I'll be tack there on Sunday afternoon for a while and by then I hope to be up and running with photos again. Meantime, black & white text for the most part. When I am less tired, I will get back to the discussion on style. Wish we could all be in one room together.

15 comments:

Gerrie said...

You won't regret it. I was working with Comcast tech today to get my wireless back up and running. He was very happy that I had a Mac - so much easier to do those techie things.

Nathalie L. said...

My first PC, Amstrad CPC 464, with big tape, Ram 64 Ko, in 1982. The beginning of a great love story, my PC and me.
Your new PC is wonderful.
Friendly
Nathalie

Eva said...

I can remember the sound of the floppy disc drive. Nyeeng nyeeng nyeeng counk counk counk.
So the thing on the picture is what you use for online work now?...
At first glance, this is what I thought. :-)

Congratulations to your Mac!

My first computer jobs were on a Mac in 1988. Then, in 1990, I had to switch to a Win PC. God, how I suffered!

Lynda said...

Congrats on your new "baby." Get Bento (online) and it will help you organize big time in the studio.

martha said...

I am sure you will love it! elements is pretty cool too.

tiedyejudy said...

I spent years on an IBM mainframe terminal at my job, then in '89, they decided to switch to IBM PC's... life has never been the same! Maybe someday, when my generic brand here goes south, I'll think about a Mac. I have yet to hear anyone who has one have one bad thing to say about them!

Dale Anne said...

WELCOME to Mac land!!!
I changed last year, saving up for my own Mac book.

Anonymous said...

WTG! grats on the new Mac and I enjoyed your story about your Apple II -- Mary Beth Frezon

lizzieb said...

I had to stop using Mac with my MacII but am now ready to go back since they can run a couple of programs on Mac that are pc...have been looking at the lap tops and when my big computer dies, that will get replaced too with a Mac. We had a Mac that looked similar to your old one and went thru several difference macs until I had to leave...
The only game we had was pong.

Anonymous said...

Rayna, now you can say you are a "true artist". I was just thinking about how much easier things have been for me all these years because of it. Ron even says his next laptop will be a Mac. Bonnie

Sojourner Design said...

What a coincidence... I bought a MacBook Wednesday. I'm upgrading from an iBook which I'd bought on eBay. More power, faster... love it.

Diane

Russ Little said...

I squealed when I read your post. You're gonna love your Mac. There are sure to be moments of frustration as you get used to something different, but they will be worth it. I switched grudgingly at work a few years ago and I've never looked back. Now I'm all Mac everywhere and it's great. I said to a co-worker just this week that I can never quit this job. What if I ended up somewhere where I had to use Windows?!

Russ

Ann Graham said...

Rayna, I just bought a new iMac and have a G4 PowerBook for travel. The seamless interconnectivity will amaze you and you will have lots of fun making PowerPoint presentations for your classes. Ann

Sharon in Chicago said...

I remember figuring out more than half a lifetime ago how to use the first permutation of Lotus 123 with the head of accounting and data processing on the first IBM personal compupter the hospital I worked at had, and them being ticked off that I figured it out first!

laura cater-woods said...

Rayna!!! welcome to the world of technology that works for us instead of making life more frustrating!!
A Subaru!! a Mac!!! - as you are adjusting, the key is very simple: don't think about it - it is all very very easy, intuitive and very user friendly and if you get confused, call me. big hugs, la

PS _+ good move getting word for Mac - it makes living with the rest of the world a little easier