Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 12:51AM
I originally wrote this the night Steve Jobs passed.
It was New Year's Eve 1982. I bought my first personal computer.
An Apple II+.
I didn't NEED a computer. I REALLY didn't know what I was going to do with it.
I was already using a Mini Computer at work called a PDP11/04 which was the CPU for one of the first (if not the first) computer editing systems called "The CMX 340X".
I had learned rudimentary programming (BASIC) in highschool so I wasn't really a stranger to computers.
Somthing told me that this was something I needed to do. I knew that eventually computers would be commonplace, so I'd better get comfortable using them.
I loved gadgets and tinkering, and being a single guy in Los Angeles on the night shift, it would give me plenty to do during the day.
It didn't even have a graphical user interface or pointing system (mouse). Just a keyboard.
Since then my life hasn't been the same.
Not only has an Apple computer been a fixture in my household since then, it has helped me become the creative person I am today.
I'm not sure I would be in the same place personally, professionally, or artistically that I am today without it having been part of my life.
Mine is just one of millions - maybe billions - of stories like this.
To that end, I thank you Mr Jobs.