I’ve never met Steve Jobs, but he has forever changed my life. In 1984 I was 4 years old; my father bought the original 128k Macintosh primarily to use for his small business. He brought the machine home and, always curious, decided I needed to know what this new toy was all about. My parents were supportive of my curiosity and my dad showed me how to use programs like MacPaint and within a couple of weeks I commandeered the computer. Within a couple of months the Macintosh lived in my room and my dad bought yet another Mac for his business. I was allowed to play and explore on that Mac for years to come and a passion for technology was born that has shaped my life in more ways than I will ever know. Steve’s influences are everywhere in my life. The iPhone that is never out of my reach is my connection to a larger world with email, twitter, Facebook and instant messaging clients. I’m able to be constantly connected to my office organizing my appointments, tasks and business documents, and contacts. Oh yeah, and it’s a phone too. It’s changed my life in a way that I could never imagined, and in such a way that I could never go back.
The iPod and the iTunes Music Store has opened me up to a whole new world of educational content, information and entertainment. I can spend my commute learning about the latest technology or hearing commentary on world events thanks to podcasting and iTunesU. The iPad has re-energized my love of reading, allowed me to keep up to date on the latest news and events and allowed me to consume and share content in ways I never thought possible.
Then there’s my Mac, my everything machine that is the heart of my technological life. The machine that makes it possible, among other things, to create a podcast with my friend and share it with a tens of thousands of people I’ve never met around the world. If that’s not magical, I don’t know what is.
The topic of Steve Jobs’ resignation as CEO of Apple Computer will generate a lot of discussion and debate over the coming days and weeks. I recently discussed this topic on the Mac Jury if you’re curious on my take on how this will impact Apple, the shareholders and the technology world in general. However, for the purpose of this blog post, I simply wanted to say, thank you, Steve. I hope you are well and I wish you and your family all the best.