Anyone who knows me well knows several things about me, and most have realized that despite that, I’m too poor to blackmail. One of the others is that I’m a Mac fangirl. In fact, I’ve been a Mac aficionado for over 30 years, more so since the Macintosh was unveiled on my birthday in 1984. Although I work on, train people on, and communicate regularly with and about PCs on the day job, my home computers are Macintosh. I really believe that having a Mac and being really good at it is what’s made me smarter. Yes, I know. Arguable.
Twenty-two years ago I was finally able to buy my first Mac (after much scrimping and saving), and I’ve never looked back. (Performa running System 7 to the Apple trivia wonks out there)
“Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works.” ~Steve Jobs
I’m bringing that up because today’s the 59th birthday of the late and very great Steve Jobs, the guru, co-founder, and iCEO of Apple Computers, Inc. It was his vision that took Apple from a garage startup (Garagiste! There’s the wine!) to one of the most successful companies of all time. Yes, he’s been called a tyrant, insensitive, and selfish, but others have called him driven, passionate, and with a keen desire to share with his fellow man technology that just worked.
I prefer the latter description.
Whatever we may argue about the man, one thing is indisputable: his passion for technology. I love that he thought that anyone could and should use a computer, that the computer should be intuitive and easy to use, and that his vision saved us from the drudgery and incomprehensibility that was DOS. His attention to detail and the desire to provide products that “just work” garnered him legions of fans who appreciated the simplicity and dependability of his products.
“That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” ~Steve Jobs
So as I decide which Mac will be my next Mac, when I’ll get my next iPhone, how I can set up a video rig for my iPad, and what will be my next posting on my iMac, I’ll raise a glass of bubbly to salute and celebrate the visionary man who left the world all too soon.
Thanks, Steve. Ye had only just begun…
February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011
From: Your Vegas Wineaux, whose pursuit of every wine certification she can get at her age is her driving force. At a time when many people her age are considering what to do when they retire, she’s calculating how long it will take to get through to the Master level. How foolish is that?
“Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” ~Steve Jobs