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    Newsletter Issue #1055 — Upgrading Your Mac: The Cheapskate Way

    May 26th, 2024

    I was young and foolish — more or less — when I first brought a Mac into my home, after working on them at a prepress design studio for a year or so. My brand new system consisted entirely of Apple hardware, such as a Macintosh iicx, Apple LaserWriter II, a 13-inch Apple color display, […]

    When I Bought a New Mac Every Other Year

    October 20th, 2016

    In 1989, I bought a brand new Mac IIcx. It was a speedy beast for its time, featuring a 16MHz Motorola 68030 processor. The dealer installed 8MB of RAM and a 100MB hard drive. I added the original Apple 14-inch color display, which became a 13-inch after the measurement system was fixed. At the time, […]

    Newsletter #458 Preview: Twenty-Four Years Using Macs

    September 7th, 2008

    In 1984, I was working in a prepress plant, laboring over traditional cold (or photo-based) typesetting equipment. Instead of looking at a true representation of the printed page, the video display presented text and formatting commands. Yes, with a little practice, you could visualize the end result, more or less. However, these particular devices simply […]

    Off-Brand Ink Cartridges: Don’t Waste Your Time!

    July 2nd, 2005

    It’s no secret that the manufacturers of printers do not make the lion’s share of their profits from selling the printer itself. In fact, some of the low end inkjet models are free, assuming you’re one of the lucky few to receive your factory rebate; or would you rather regard that as the short-term low […]