In 1990, I was a cub reporter at a small daily newspaper in Southwest Florida, and someone brought in a Macintosh computer to the editorial department. They asked, "Who knows how to use one of these?" I raised my hand, saying that I had used them for a short time in college (the journalism school had just started to use Macintosh systems and QuarkXpress in their computer labs).
"Great," the editor said. "You're our new graphics guy."
With that, I began drawing small maps and creating small charts and other infographics for the newspaper. I then continued to use Macintosh systems at other newspapers, which was especially helpful when I helped redesign a central Massachusetts newspaper in 1993.
When I joined Network World in 1999, however, I worked mainly as a Windows guy, until I finally got frustrated enough with Windows Vista (and now Windows 8 - there was a small time when I enjoyed Windows 7) to finally get my first MacBook Pro for both work (for iMovie and Final Cut Pro purposes) and home. I'm fully in the Mac camp now, although I may get another Windows machine at some point for gaming purposes (at the moment, console gaming is holding my attention).
-- Keith Shaw, Network World Cool Tools columnist and Multimedia Content Editor
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