My first Mac was not personally mine. He was a socialist property. Moreover, he was not with us, and in the PDO (planning and control Department). Through the glass wall from us.
It was a Macintosh Plus, with congenital megs of RAM. He stood on the pedestal of the 40-megabyte hard disk made by Apple Computer and the streamer, a specialized cassette recorder for backup, also from Apple.
During the working day to break into this Mac was impossible. On the glass wall of the PDO was a list (made in Excel version 1.04), which was painted, at what time and what service has the right to use this complex. It was vital information, schedule adhered to strictly. From 8:15 until 20:15, an hour for each of the blessings of service.
Macs in the enterprise had very little in our production – even just one. Only the most important and perilous service have access to this body… the Others were jealous, offers a variety of useful things (the main currency, of course, was the alcohol – but time machine on a Mac was quoted very high), for example, a jar of instant coffee from the order (the deficit!) or any parts, for an hour or two of using enemy equipment.
It was a miracle. People absolutely far from computer literacy, stopped in his strange man of the XXI century routine, after a short explanation of “experienced” colleagues, cheerfully and quickly stuffed the needed documents, build tables in Excel and even drew some diagrams in MacDraw. And famously kept all this in their folders.
Actually, Macs have not had to be, because the supply of 32-bit computing in the USSR was prohibited. The amendment of Jackson — Vanik, if I’m not mistaken. But we and some other places were and and Mac, and VAX/VMS (our main computational tool) and anything. And software many millions of dollars. For so…
A hundred pieces of 800-Kbyte floppy disks, one for Mac and, probably, we had everything in the world. Dark Castle, Ice Hockey, Poker, chess program could not always beat even our storiesdaddy-player.
Mac and and PC and a disaster of epic proportions
ASU has been allocated the last hour, and, as a rule, all the rest of the time, at least until 8:15 the next morning, too, was ours. So I miraculously met: 19:15 sat in front of the device and began to look for Help. Not found. The documentation was not there… And I sat down for it is not just, it was necessary to order additional equipment, which needed scheme of its use and we have requested the specifications.
I’m ashamed, but I myself, in 10 minutes, while waiting for “expert” and couldn’t understand a thing. After a five minute explanation, I’ve drawn the diagram, gradually inspired. The scheme was ready in about an hour, the specifications in half an hour, but I went home around midnight.
After some time, the management has to meet the aspirations of workers in an ink shop, and soon in the ACS, ASA, and elsewhere, appeared very beautiful IBM PC with a bunch of toys and color support. But the attempt of the workers to use this beauty for anything but the games failed miserably. In the PDO could not play.
PKKP (the personal computer for collective use) worked like before. In December, when the Mac was generally impossible to approach, no need to print annual reports and increased obligations, the worst happened. The printer broke down. Broken fatally. The roller on which the paper was scrolled and that knocked the needles of the printing mechanism, it was scary to watch.
In half a year he was completely worn out, but now it burst inward in a few places, and ceased to rotate. Gangster bullets. And yeah.
Before this event, for the past month or two, the paper on the cushion slipped, but the people guessed to put under her a few extra sheets, what some kind soul typed in MacWrite detailed user manual, printed it on the long-suffering printer and hung on the wall next to the schedule. But now no action could not help.
Well, some psycho in Cupertino could come up with that someone somewhere will every day to print almost a hundred pages! Gentle ImageWriter stood in this mode, one and a half years. Did good technique in those days…
The problem was solved. The user associated with another user, and then some more. With Cupertino, as I understand it, no one contacted. But new, relatively unknown printer replaced the old about a day after his death. Spare cylinders, of course, was not.
Of beauty (outer) Macs
In 1988, to my duties as Deputy chief of ASU added responsibility for all personal computers in the workplace. Once a week I was tortured, demanding to put “monuments of computerization” in the case and to wean clerks to bomb in Libya working time and the city a Nickel to the North of the USSR. First, time is the work, and equipment service. And second, unpatriotic, somehow, find out who, “who should” go. Nobody roared, the restructuring…
To use monuments happened, but it was no use to anyone. Not Mac!!!
Soon all of these IBM PC brought it back (about five, we managed to catch in ACU), and in return was paid out from the bounty of a couple of dozen Macs… One gave us, we chose the most powerful version. PKKP left PKKP, only now the client is provided for 2 hours at a more convenient time, and everywhere was a “maintenance window” for us.
And Macintosh Plus (first Mac in our production) and the Macintosh SE with a built-in disks 20 and 40 MB in all their glory, wonderful hung and “falling”, falling in the M68000 debugger, and then taken out dead dialogue with black-and-white, but very nice static bomb with a burning fuse…
That does not hurt to enjoy fellowship with these “ugly computers.”
Exactly, almost everyone I knew, believed and Plus, and SE… freaks. Here is the design of “Apple”!