Our first computer was a Macintosh IIsi.  It had a whopping 80MB hard drive, and the entire setup (computer, printer and 2400 baud modem) cost us more than $5,000.

From the first time I used it, I realized that this wasn’t a computer that made me think about computing;  rather, it allowed me to focus on creating.  There were times over the years that Apple seemed to be on the verge of collapse.  From our IIsi, I moved to a Performa 5300 (with a 330MB drive).  I wondered if it was going to be my last Mac.

It wasn’t.  We moved to a series of iMacs, each more powerful than the rest.  Tonight, I’m typing this on my MacBook Air.  My iMac is in the other room; my iPhone is charging in its dock.

You can accuse me of being an Apple fanboy, and you’d be partially right.  The constant in my use of Apple products over the years is their simplicity and the way they simply function.  They do their job, and allow me to do mine.  I’ve often said that computers are not a statement of moral superiority, however;  the key is that the machine you use enables you to be as productive as possible.

I owe all of this to Steve Jobs and the team of brilliant people he assembled over the years.  Productivity, creativity and aesthetics were key;  the functionality came naturally.

I never met the man.  I heard all of the stories about him…the good and the bad.  But at the end of the day, it can and will be said that he is truly one of the handful of people who truly changed the world for the better.

If you remember Apple’s “Think Different” campaign, the narration (from Richard Dreyfuss) went as follows:

Here’s to the crazy ones.

The misfits.

The rebels.

The troublemakers.

The round pegs in the square holes.

The ones who see things differently.

They’re not fond of rules.

And they have no respect for the status quo.

You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.

About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.
Because they change things.

They push the human race forward.And while some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.

Because the people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world… are the ones who do.

As you read these words on a PC or a Mac, or a smartphone or tablet,  it might be appropriate to take a moment and remember one who did.