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Steve Jobs, I miss you already


Steve Jobs passes October 5, 2011

A mere 5-1/2 weeks ago, I spoke of Steve Jobs, Apple visionary — “what will we do without Steve,” I asked. Remember him, appreciate him and enjoy what he gave the world. While I am a computer consultant and work in both the Mac and Windows world, my computer of choice has always been Macintosh since I first saw this computer in 1983.

Steven Jobs changed the world and he impacted my world tremendously. One of the best remembrances I have seen is from The Gaping Void cartoonist, Hugh MacLeod.

He added:

In Memoriam (Steve Jobs)

I remember the first time I saw the TV Ad

It changed my life.

It was the first commercial I’d ever seen in my life, that actually spoke to me, my true self, and not just to (like pretty much every single other commercial out there), whatever short-term, trivial needs I had going on that day.

It was then I knew that I wasn’t just one of the crazy ones, but that it was also IMPERATIVE to actually be one of the crazy ones. That my life and soul demanded it.

It’s not what Steve Jobs created in his his brief but incandescent life- the computers, iPods, iPhones etc etc- that isn’t the big story.

And what we created with his his products, that isn’t the big story, either.

The big story is what Steve helped us believe about ourselves. By putting his balls on the line, again and again, he made it easier for us to do the same.

And so we did.

Thank you, Steve. You will be missed. Of course you frickin’ will…

I don’t think I can add anything to Hugh’s memoriam. You can download this image for free. Or you can order the a limited edition of this In Memoriam – Steve Jobs free except for the price of shipping only.


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Steve Jobs steps down

Computers, Macintosh

What will we do without Steve Jobs?

I have heard Steven Jobs over the years say, “Let’s make history,” again and again. And he has made history like no one in the tech industry ever. From a garage in 1977 where he and Steve Wozniak built the Apple II (my first computer was the Apple IIe) to the sleekest smart phone yet conceived, Steve has been known as a visionary and consistently expanded that role.

Have you ever felt like you discovered someone or something?  You were there before the madding crowd?  That’s my Apple experience. I was in Palo Alto, CA, on January 24, 1984 taking a Mac training class on the day Apple announced the Macintosh to the shareholders and the world. I turned in my order form and was one of the first to have a Mac in Reno. And the romance has never stopped.

Vintage Mac Lamp

Vintage Macintosh lamp advertising used in retail stores

Today, I have four Mac laptops, two iPods and, of course, an iPhone. I can’t even count how many Macs I have had altogether, but I still have my first Mac, upgraded to a Fat Mac, in my closet along with the dot matrix printer to match.

Among my many Apple treasures is this wonderful lamp — vintage Apple advertising in the retail stores.

One of my favorite Apple-related websites is RedLight Runner, which sells Apple collectible items of all kinds. I used to see these lamps on RedLight Runner’s website, but there aren’t any there right now.  Last time I looked the light was priced at about $1,200, which tells you how much I like my Apple/Mac stuff not to let it go. And I have pins, t-shirts, pens, hats, glasses and almost any item you can think of. I’m a Mac Junkie.

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My history with the Mac

Computers, Macintosh

My computer of choice is the Macintosh and has been since January 24, 1984, when I was sitting in a classroom at Apple’s Palo Alto training office.   January 24th was an important date:  it was the day that the Mac was revealed to Apple shareholders and the world.

I turned in my order form for this new wonder computer and was probably the first in Reno to get a Mac.  it has been a love story ever since.

I still have that Mac, upgraded to a Fat Mac (512k RAM with a double-sided floppy disk) and it works beautifully.  Slowly, but it works.  I have owned more than a 20 Macs (probably more; I can’t remember the Mac stream that has flowed through my office) and now own four laptops.  My love for Apple has never died.  In fact it has spilled over to several iPods and my 3rd iPhone.

An article that I recently came across was especially interesting, John Sculley On Steve Jobs, The Full Interview Transcript, published in Cult of Mac on October 14, 2010. When Apple was first building computers, all computers were manufactured in the U.S.  Now, like all other computer manufacturers, their computers are built overseas.

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