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July 7, 2017 at 5:08 pm | Posted in waffle | Leave a comment

This week, it has been 30 years since I joined the University as the Desktop Publishing specialist in Computing Services. Back in 1987, a massive IBM 3090 mainframe provided most of the University’s computing power, supplemented by BBC B Micros and a wide variety of other early micro-computers. I was one of the lucky few to have an IBM XT 286 with a 6MHz 80286 processor, 640kB of RAM, a 20MB hard drive and a 13″ colour screen with VGA graphics showing 16 colours from a 256-colour palette at a resolution of 640×480 pixels. I used it with Ventura Publisher and the only HP LaserJet on campus to create user guides, posters and newsletters. This was pre-Windows; Ventura had its own graphical user interface (GUI) that used a mouse.

Today, I’m still lucky enough to have a state-of-the-art device; I’m typing this on a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 with a 2.2GHz Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and a 12″ screen showing 16 million colours at a resolution of 2736×1824 pixels. OK, the screen is a bit smaller, but it is fully touch-enabled with pen input… and I have a lovely 27″ display plugged in to it. Today I’ve mainly been using it to author an interactive guide using Articulate Storyline.

And of course it has this thing called ‘The Internet’ that was still in its infancy when I started… Do I feel old? Not really, just experienced.

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