Sunday, August 28, 2011
Friday, April 9, 2010
It has six DIMM slots, three drive bays for a maximum potential of 24 GB of DDR3 1066 MHz Tri-Channel memory, 4.5 TB of storage, an ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB graphics card, a 16x DVD burner, a single 500 GB 7200rpm SATA drive, and an integrated 7.1 channel audio processor.
More than 21 years ago, I got my hands on an Apple Mac for the first time. It was a Mac Plus, one of those little cream-coloured boxes with a built-in, black-and-white 9in screen that we all thought looked so wackily futuristic in the way the DMC DeLorean had earlier that decade.
I was a sub editor working on a local newspaper in Kent. I wrote headlines, checked facts and spelling and designed the odd page. I had trained using pen and paper and moved on to editing on terminals hooked up to a mini system. In 1988, our first PCs had arrived – machines built around a blistering Intel 286 processor and Microsoft DOS. Editing was now in colour but it was still command-based – entering changes to copy was a matter of inputting code into galleys of type.