Re: Good Old (Tech) Days....WAS "Can this career be saved?"

Subject: Re: Good Old (Tech) Days....WAS "Can this career be saved?"
From: Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 08 Jun 2011 12:26:58 -0400

On 06/07/2011 03:33 PM, Cardimon, Craig wrote:

Compugraphic -- THAT was the machine I used back in graduate school. In the late 1980s, I believe. Around 1987 or 1988.


My dad and my brothers ran a weekly newspaper in Wilmington, Massachusetts. Comugraphic's HQ was just down the railway tracks from the newspaper office. My dad was looking into buying a dreadfully expensive CG typesetting machine around 1983, having not been able to persuade CG to give them a system that CG could use as a demo. At this time we were using a Photon machine, and Photon (also headquartered in Wilmington) was also not interested in setting up a demo site. The Photon machine (my dad called it Nervous Nellie) crashed several times a day.

So my brother Stu went to a computer show in Boston, and discovered the Mac. For a fraction of the cost of the CG machine, we could have a Mac on every desk. I think the total outlay was about $10,000 instead of $80,000. As far as I know that was the beginning of Macs in newspaper publishing and the beginning of the end for CG. Photon was already on the way out.
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Re: Good Old (Tech) Days....WAS "Can this career be saved?": From: Chris Morton
RE: Good Old (Tech) Days....WAS "Can this career be saved?": From: Cardimon, Craig

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