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October 06, 2011


Nicely written, Danny!

That video from 1984 is amazing. The man was the rare combination of an entrepreneur, CEO and showman -- even way back in 1984.

Dear Danny,

I am about as far from being a geek as anyone could get. I was finally dragged, kicking and screaming, into buying a computer, when I went back to school, about 10 years ago. I bought a Dell.

When that computer became riddled with viruses and other problems, I made the (for me) daring leap to Apple, buying a $2,000 MacBook Pro. I can't find the words to describe the glorious advantages that my new lap top had over the old one.

While, I'm far from being a fanatic, I'm definitely a huge fan. And, I would never even consider buying anything other than a Mac.

As for Steve Jobs, he always seemed wrapped up in the wonder of discovering what amazing things he could make his machines do, unlike his rival, who was obviously overtaken by greed, with no concern for the quality of the product he produced.

Steve Jobs, inarguably, belongs right up there with the greatest inventors of all time.


He was a genius! And you are right---He changed the way we communicate with each other, forever!! Quite a feat if you really think about it....
I am a PC user and if I weren't so ancient I might switch to an Apple of sorts---but the learning curve is just too much for me now....But I sure see the advantages of ALL that this amazing man created...! RIP Steve Jobs.

Great post, Danny.

Since last night, every time I read something or see the news, I start crying. I bought my first Mac in 1984 (with an Apple ][ before that), and since 1986 I've been working exclusively on Macs. I don't know what I'd be doing now if it wasn't for Apple, since I write Mac (and now iOS) software for a living.

I remember the dark days in the early 90s after Apple was fired when Apple seemed lost. When Jobs returned, at first I was afraid he would be out of control like the old days, and I pooh-poohed the original iMac, but thankfully I was wrong.

I wrote my doctoral dissertation on a Mac Plus!
This was a great post. Thank you for this.

My fingers arrived late to the party--mid-1996--and it really wasn't until I was confronted with that baked-Alaska-looking iMac w/the 17" screen from around 2003 upon which I typed for 6 long years in the salt mines of academia as a worker drone that I became a convert to a universe in which it was possible to carry one's entire photographic and musical libraries around like one's blankey. I've never looked back and the quality of my life was improved and changed forever.

I'd have an iPhone and an iPad if I didn't have to pay intermediaries extra for the waves to float them on.

As usual, lovely post, Danny. I watched that commencement speech 3 times yesterday and plan to do so again in the near future. Wise words from a man whose contribution to society, while recognized today, will no doubt only grow as time goes by.

iSad, too,

Let's not forget this familiar family member's appearance in the first Apple ad in the 2001 Rip, Mix, Burn campaign. Besides Jeff, it included Liz Phair, George Clinton, De La Soul, Ziggy Marley, Iggy Pop, Little Kim, Smashmouth, Deep Dish, Aimee Mann, and Barry White!

I just read my post above... I realize I talked about everything but Steve Jobs, who has been a personal hero of mine for over 20 years. And like Gordon commented earlier - one of the greatest inventors ever. I often have called him our generation's Thomas Edison. The feelings I had when I learned of his death were very reminiscent of my feelings when I heard John Lennon died. I miss them both.

Long time PC user, but great fan of Jobs and the Mac. And my iphone runs my life. I never saw that launch video. What a showman! Do you know where that was shot? Who was the audience? They were so excited.

I can't believe i didn't go to your blog earlier. I too love my MacBookPro. Steve Jobs was a personal hero to me. Think different was a brilliant campaign, everything about him was brilliance personified. His presentations were spectacular. Thanks for that old young he was back then! So sad to have lost him...reminding me more of George Harrison who also had everything to live for but his cancer got to him. All I could think of to say is Thanks Steve. We'll miss you more than you could imagine. That Stanford speech is truly inspiring. Anyone who thinks they are too old for Macs are badly mistaken and are depriving themselves needlessly (Old Lady of the Hills)....try it, you'll love it...visit any Apple store and change your life!!!

I just saw this from my son's facebook page..a real trip down memory ode to apple2
for real fanatics...enjoy!

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