I read the news of Steve Jobs death with a great deal of sadness. It wasn’t unexpected news given his health issues recently, just a little surprising with its timing. After seeing Facebook, Twitter and other social media and web news outlets postings about Steve Jobs and tributes to him I thought I’d write a post to compile some of the best items I ran across and also share my Apple product experience.
My first exposure to Apple products was in the early 80’s in 7th grade. Our school had a lab with Apple ][e’s and I remember learning to program in LOGO and Apple BASIC on those computers using double 5-1/4″ floppy drives(we’ve come a long way haven’t we). I also remember playing the first fighting game Karateka and Oregon Trail (an educational gaming classic) on that machine. I didn’t think that much of Apple at the time as it was what was available at school and we didn’t have a computer at home at that time. Later in High school I wound up using mainly Windows PC’s and shifted over to that sector fully for a very long time.
After that long hiatus of about 20 years(not quite that long since I did use a Mac on rare occasion to test cross browser functionality) during which I even spent time professionally as a Windows Server admin and installing and configuring Windows operating systems based
machines for a living I got a Mac at work when cross browser testing became difficult to accomplish without a ‘side’ Mac for Safari browser testing of web pages. The Mac I got was the ‘Yao Ming’ 12″ Titanium 800 Mhz Powerbook G4. I was looking for something ultra portable for note taking and that wouldn’t take up too much room as it was going to be just a secondary machine that I would use on occasionally for testing. The only issues I ever had with that machine were its odd memory footprint(it maxed out at 768 MB of RAM) and the heat issues on your left hand palm rest(I dubbed that the coffee warmer effect). It’s odd quirkiness aside, I gained a new respect for the Mac as a machine and have been a fan of Apple products since 2003. That Mac wound up becoming my primary machine and I soon found myself switching over most of my desktop and laptop machines at work as well as my home computers. I now use primarily Macs with a side PC running Windows Server software for testing at work(talk about a 180 degree switch).
Since that first reintroduction to the Mac, I’ve had 3 other Macs and been very pleased with the aesthetics and the engineering detail put into the design of these machines. This is a testament to the post titled “Mac Daddy” or Daddy of the Mac Steve Jobs. His vision and artistry in guiding Apple’s resurgence as a company are what make me a continued fan of their products today. It was so sad to hear of his death but wonderful to hear the many stories of people’s lives touched by the products he designed and was responsible for bringing to market.
Column Five Media created a great infographic when Steve stepped down as CEO a few months back that shows his legacy of products. All Things Digital’s Walt Mossberg wrote a great tribute story entitled “The Steve Jobs I Knew” . One of my favorite bands Atomic Tom did an iPhone app musical Thank You to Steve video(they received a huge break when their original subway video played on iPhone instrument apps went viral).
Here are some quotes to close with from Steve’s commencement speech at Stanford in 2005
“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” ~Steve Jobs
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”~Steve Jobs
Many thanks to Steve for the innovations and product that have helped make my life more enjoyable and my work a little bit easier and lot more fun over the years.