From the age of 11 back in 1980, when I got my hands on my first computer, I was kind of obsessed by them. Through school, all the way to college, my fate was sealed to be a true computer geek. It was then in ’86 that I came across my first Apple, my very own Apple IIe, and then shortly after I got to work with Macintosh. It was love at first sight. In a very short space of time family and friends saw me turn into a true Apple Macintosh Evangelist, which I’ve remained to this day. For years i’d been working with computers that ran code, from Basic to Pascal, Assembly to Cobol and now here was a computer with a Graphical User Interface that just worked. It was a machine that allowed you to perform a task without having to be an uber-geek that spent all night writing code in dark rooms. It changed my life and influenced the way that I look at and design systems today.
Steve was a visionary and quite frankly a genius. On one side he saw how powerful computers could be in the hands of regular people, not just air-conditioned corporate IT rooms. And then he had the vision to change the world by creating the Macintosh, a computer that just worked and empowered people who didn’t want to know or understand code.
He didn’t always get it right, yes I even had a Newton, but without that drive I probably wouldn’t also have an iPhone or an iPad; devices that have changed the world.
So I just want to say thanks Steve, for your brilliance, your vision and your free thinking. You were my hero and you ‘ll be missed the world over.