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There are moments that occur in all our lives that we never forget and today will be one of mine for when I heard the news that Steve Jobs had sadly passed away it really shook me up and it seems I'm not alone with colleagues entering the office as I type this asking if I've "heard the news". They don't need to say anymore, that's how big an impact he made.
We all have regrets in
life and one of mine is that I didn't make the switch from PC to Mac
earlier. One of Steve’s greatest
attributes was his visionary skill at coming up with products and then
convincing us we needed them and I thank him for this.
Take the iPhone. All my colleagues and friends had then but I
didn’t see the point and soldiered on with my Sony Ericcson. It wasn’t until I actually held an iPhone and
started to use it that I started to “get it”.
Same with my
MacBook. Sure I’ve known Apple products
since the 80s when I worked for an Apple dealer for a bit (and one of my first
questions I asked is how do I turn this thing on/ off and I also LOVED the Mac Classic sat on my desk as it was so different). But it was only after talking to other folks
who had MacBooks and were using them for their day job that I decided to do more digging and now I’ll never
go back to a PC (sure the journey with Mac OS hasn’t been smooth, but let’s
face it when I look back on my journey with Windows since Windows runtime for
Pagemaker Windows isn’t perfect).
Then the very device I
was watching when I heard the news – the iPad.
We’ve all seen tablets come and go and I’ve tried a few in the past and
mostly hated them. But the iPad is
different and it took someone with vision and drive (and sure a lot of money as the sceptics didn’t see how something that been tried and
failed before could work again). The
only reason I bought one was to use as a portable external monitor. Now I’ve got one I hardy get to use it as
Lucas is either watching content on it or we’re looking at photos or browsing the
web on it as it’s just right for this kind of thing, something we’d only ever
done (not easily looking back) through a PC.
We’ve all got gadgets,
gizmos and labour saving devices that we’ve all gone out and bought after being
seduced by the sales pitch and most of them end up sitting in a cupboard (how
many of you have got a bread machine sitting in the cupboard or one of those
gravity fed car wash gizmos where you can supposedly wash your car with a
single bucket of water – never could get mine to work).
But how many Apple
devices have I got sat collecting dust? None.
So sorry I was late to
the party Steve but now I do “get it”.
You really were a visionary and inspiration to me and the world is a
worse place for you not being here but hey what a legacy you’ve left behind,
something very few get to achieve in a life – changing the world.
God bless you and your
family and if I ever do make it to the Pearly gates I hope to see St. Peter using
Read the complete post at http://wmug.co.uk/blogs/cliffs_blog/archive/2011/10/06/rip-steve-jobs-and-thank-you.aspx