Steve Jobs memorial outside the Boston Apple Store
I don’t have anything to say about Steve Jobs’ death that hasn’t been said. I am not a Mac cultist, I have and enjoy Windows, Linux and Android machines aplenty, but I also own an iPod and an iMac.
I’m not surprised that his death affected many of his fans. I happen to live a few streets away from the Apple Store in Boston on Boylston Street — I heard there was a growing memorial outside the store and decided to get a look for myself.
I’ve been using Apple products my whole life. My very first computer was the Apple IIc my father bought. There’s a picture of me somewhere as a toddler typing away on that Apple IIc next to my brother — it was a wonderful computer that we still have. And it still works.
After that machine though, I hated Macs — for most of the 90s they were clunky. I never even liked the famous candy-color iMac aside from the aesthetics; I bought one for the student newspaper I ran in high school and the machine crashed all the time. More trouble than it was worth.
It wasn’t until I was in college that the iPod came out and Apple really started to come into renaissance. With Jobs’ guidance, Apple pulled a full 180 from its laughable status and reputation for lousy computers that I remember from my formative years. Pretty remarkable.
May he rest in peace.