What amazing tools MacPaint and MacWrite were for me. With the use of a mouse I could finally write and draw without the pain that accompanied holding a brush, pencil or pen. My job in the QA lab was only aggravating the pain, repetitive actuating or photographing with cameras was so painful, I had to take occassional breaks to run my hands under hot water so they would work some more.
For the first time I could express myself with drawing using MacPaint, just the first in a long line of software drawing tools I would test or use in the coming years. It was also at this point I realizd if I could edit an image at the pixel level, tools for photography on the computer were just around the corner. Meanwhile, I had to do something about the tedious work in the lab, and if the work weren't hard enough on your hands, reports to the engineers had to be hand written in triplicate using carbon paper, no mistakes or crossouts allowed. There must be an easier way.