Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Rip Steve Jobs
It was some time in the early 1980's that I had the pleasure of meeting both Steve Jobs and Steve Wazniach at a mall in California. I had been working on the road and it was a ritual to stroll the local malls on Saturday after work. Computers, at least personal computers, were just a dream back then. I always wanted one but I had no idea what I'd do with one if I had one. I had read articles about the P.E.T. computer in Popular Science and they looked so cool and futuristic. You need to remember that before this people used typewriters for papers and letters and most of them were not of the electric kind. At over $2000 each I recall telling the two Steves at the time I'd love to own one after I made my second million because I gave up on my first.
Fast forward to 1995 I was able to get a bit of discretionary income. I looked around for one of these new fangled things. Reading reviews and looking and studying all about the RAM and hard disks etc. I went to several stores only to be more confused. At one store I was looking at Apple computers and the sales guy said " you don't want one of those there's one over here that's much cheaper. It was of course a PC. I looked at it totally confused and not knowing how to operate it. No this wasn't what I wanted I was looking for something better. I found another store and looked at several Macs. I finally noted that there was a tutorial in the upper right hand corner and clicked on it. In 15 minutes I was up and running with at least a basic understanding of how the damn thing worked.
So to you Steve Jobs may you rest in peace. You have changed the world of computing and technology. I hope that those of your organization can live up to the example you set.