It also creates a demand for machines powered by faster processors, such as Motorola's 68040 microprocessor featured in the Quadra and Centris families, with lots of RAM (4Mb of RAM is quickly becoming the preferred stock level) and larger storage devices (40 to 80Mb hard disks are minimal requirements for most Macintoshes).
Several significant trends for Macintoshes in libraries are in evidence in the course of the next twelve months.
Through new technology development and software licensing, Apple and IBM will expand integration options for Macintoshes
with IBM mainframe and midrange computers and in networks.
By trimming production time, Macintoshes
allow more time for both creativity and revenue-producing activities, says Apple Computer's Patty Tulloch.
At Design Engineering Services (San Francisco), design engineer Ken Wells has been using Macintoshes
to plan HVAC systems.
They often recommend IBM PCs over Apple Macintoshes
, and for them standardization can be a more important issue than ease of use.
In 1988 Apple Computer issued a directory of librarians using Macintoshes
, and in 1989 reissued the publication as a HyperCard stack.
According to Gregory Finnegan, the Humanities and Social Sciences Reference-Bibliographer in the Baker Library, "there are some 6000 Macintoshes
in the Dartmouth community." Finnegan describes the installation as a "campus-wide network linking them to mainframes (including the library's) and each other.
"Our field salespeople have been selling Macintoshes
into high schools for a couple of years," says Anne Patterson, Apple's manager of education market segment programs.
Throughout the Curriculum At Shrewsbury High School
Others allow resources sharing or data exchange between Macintoshes
and other computers, such as IBM PCs or DEC VAXes.
Cornell Finds Macintoshes
Are Useful Administrative Tools