Do you remember your first Apple Computer? I do, it was very small, the screeen was in black and white and the only attraction that I had for it initially was playing Pong. I can still hear the ponging of the white “ball” as it careened (okay, careening is a bit of a stretch, how about as it slowly bounced) off the walls. I won’t say I was addicted to the game but there were plenty of down times at work that were filled with the game.
The only other attraction for me was that I could write to my heart’s delight on it and write I did. My only error was that I hadn’t learned how to save it within a folder to provide a small level of security. I remember reading a tutorial that used the phrase “Desktop” and how you were taught to think of your virtual Desktop as your real desktop and virtual folders represented the folders that I kept stuff in. It was on that little machine that I learned how to save my personal writing onto a big, cumbersome disk known as a Floppy. They certainly weren’t convenient and didn’t store much data but that’s what we had at the time and if you had an Apple girls thought you were pretty cool and smart, my other reasons for having one.
When I look at the laptop that I’m writing this on right now and think of all of the advances that have been made since then I can’t help but think about Steve Jobs and the impact he had on the world. How much do we owe him for that project that was started in his garage along with Steve Wozniak?
(Link to Steve Wozniak’s interview after learning that his friend had died http://bit.ly/qpQDOE )
How many people’s lives will each of us have affected when we leave this world? Maybe one hundred, more or less. Steve’s passing will have affected most of the world and I don’t think that’s much of a stretch
I don’t want this to be a long drawn out blog, the intent was just a few lines to say thank you to Steve Jobs for all the positive changes he made while he was here on this Earth.
Rest In Peace