| Peter Klein |
You Macophiles may get a kick out of Larry Magid’s 1984 LA Times review of the original Mac (now celebrating its 25th anniversary). Packed with 128K RAM, a 400K floppy drive, a 9-inch monitor, and something called a “mouse,” it wowed the critics from the get-go. Magid was particularly impressed with the MacWrite software, which “can vary the size and style of your type on the screen and on paper. . . . You can vary the type size from 9 point (about the size used in most newspapers) to 72 point headlines. You can also change your type style, selecting an Old English font or one of the more common type styles. Your type can be in bold, italic, underline or even shadow print.” Wow!
Magid doesn’t say anything about speed, which concerned me the first time I saw one in person (yes, back in 1984; I’m that old). The old IBM-compatible PCs running command-line MS-DOS were much faster for basic word processing, database, and spreadsheet applications than the pretty WYSIWYG design popularized on the Mac.