Macs. Thank you.

Macs old and new

I’ve been a Macintosh user since 1987 — the photo above shows my very first Mac and the one I’m using now.

I bought the first one purely for its size — we lived in a 2-room flat and I needed a computer that would fit on the desk in the corner of our living/dining room. So I opted for the Mac because it was compact and neat. Since then I’ve worked with PCs, but have never owned one and wouldn’t dream of buying one.

My Macs don’t just get the job done efficiently, sleekly and reliably: they’re a pleasure to look at and a delight to use.

So I’m grateful to Steve Jobs and Jonathan Ive and everyone at Apple for making such wonderful products.

Here are some of the best articles I’ve read today about Steve Jobs and his work.

Lastly, a blog about working with Macs, by Alexander Anichkin, a journalist, editor and translator. Alexander’s blog, I Work in Pages, is packed with tips on how to use Pages, the Mac’s word-processing application (from the iWork suite), to best effect. Some day, I plan to pore through his posts and learn how to do just that. Today, Alexander posted a tribute to Steve Jobs.

Photo courtesy of Olivia Dougan Naio.

By Marian Dougan

Published by Marian Dougan

Marian is a translator and editor (specialising in web content) currently based in Glasgow, Scotland. Marian previously lived in Italy for over 20 years, working as a language teacher, translator and policy analyst with the British Embassy in Rome. A qualified member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI) and its Italian-language and ITI Scotnet networks, she is currently Scotnet's Convenor and Deputy Webmaster. From 2003 to 2006 Marian taught translation skills at the Italian Department of Glasgow University and now gives Master Classes as part of the new Masters in Translation Studies course. She also conducts web-writing and usability workshops to help people improve their websites and communicate more effectively with their readers, users and customers. In September 2014 Marian obtained User Experience Certification, with specialisation in Web Design, from the Nielsen Norman Group. She loves language, especially English, and is convinced that learning languages opens up people’s minds and horizons (and increases their brainpower!). To share her enthusiasm, she advises schools and educational authorities on language skills and enterprise. She gives talks to pupils on how to combine language studies with other subjects and so enhance their potential and increase their career options. Marian is an active member of organisations such as: Scottish Council Development and Industry (SCDI); Association of Scottish Businesswomen; Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Scotland. She also loves architecture, design, fashion (British Vogue!), cities and chocolate. She’s a great fan of Twitter and you can also find her on Linkedin.

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