For many years, the only PC I would contemplate was a Mac. I got my first in 1986, a Mac Plus which I think I’m right in saying had a one meg hard disk, but it still ran Pagemaker so that suddenly, decent presentation was possible without having to go to a graphic designer all the time. WYSIWYG was the wonder of its day.
I managed to resist our IT department’s blandishments to switch to a Windows PC for many years, arguing that Macs were the industry standard in printing, but I finally relented a couple of years ago and now work on a Sony Vaio. I still get to use Macs at home because my wife’s business uses them, but I do miss that friendly, helpful screen and the ease of use of the Mac system when I’m at work.
The reason for this canter down memory lane? Well, when I was using Macs, I used to visit a specialist shop down by the university for accessories and software, and they had a Mac Plus there converted into a fish tank. I thought this was great and wondered idly whether my old machine was still hanging around in the room where the dead PCs were stored. (We had a policy of not selling or giving away old PCs in case someone electrocuted themselves and then sued us.) Of course, I never got round to it, but even if I had I wouldn’t have known where to begin. Now I do. I came across a website today that gives comprehensive instructions, if only I had my old Mac Plus.