Originally Posted by zoetmb
I had an original Mac, then a Mac Plus, then the Mac SE, then the SE HD and some others, and they all worked perfectly. The only Mac that failed on me was a 610, in which the hard disk eventually failed, but it gave me plenty of warning (which I, of course, ignored). I knew that if I shut the machine off it was not going to reboot. Didn't have any backup hard drives in those days. I went on vacation and put a note on the machine saying "do not shut off", but of course, someone shut it off. When I came back, it wouldn't boot. I had to send the drive out to one of those drive recovery places and they were able to get me back about 70% of the data.
I was working for a publishing company when I got the first Mac and then the laser printer. I will never forget the looks on their faces when I took one of the books and emulated the font style and layout on the Mac in MacWrite and printed it out on the laser printer. That was in the days when they still had a photocomposition machine in which you mechanically loaded font disks, typed onto a text screen and then had to process the resulting film and generate the positive text image which you would cut out and paste down. Everyone was completely blown away -- no one could believe this was possible from this little funny box. And then when Pagemaker came along, even in its original primitive form, that was another sign that everything was going to change.
We had just opened our San Jose store and had mostly Macs on display. Owen Tarranta [sp], comptroller of Adobe, lived nearby and came in one day to check us out... Apparently, Owen liked what he saw, because he left and returned with a [white] LaserWriter under his arm (Owen was a big man). AIR, the LaserWriter had been shown, but was not, yet, available... Owen hooked it up and gave us some floppies containing canned demos.
The next day, Owen sent Bob Brown from Adobe by... Bob would sit at the Mac writing PostScript code then execute it on the LaserWriter -- printing some amazing art, pictures, shaded forms. Bob was a true enthusiast and spent several days showing what was possible with this amazing new combination of Mac+LaserWriter.
I got so turned on, watching Bob do his PostScript magic that I designed a Point-Of-Sale system around it using using the Omnis Database Program. The LaserWriter would print 3-part receipts (3 separate sheets of carbonless carbon-paper). All the Point-Of-Sale forms were stored in the LaserWriter and it was faster to print 3 sheets -- than printing 1 sheet with most of the printers of that day... and it was damn sexy!