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Our First Computer Was An Apple... Steve Jobs Will Be Missed

Updated on March 12, 2013
"Space ship" computers as I called them back then, so many colors and so different looking!
"Space ship" computers as I called them back then, so many colors and so different looking!
The second computer that we owned was like this, a blue one.
The second computer that we owned was like this, a blue one. | Source
Steve Jobs, he will be missed.
Steve Jobs, he will be missed. | Source

I can't even describe how sad I was to hear Steve Jobs passed away on October 5, 2011

The news was kind of expected... since I had seen photographs of Steve Jobs not too long before he passed away and I thought he looked so thin and unhealthy. I guess I just didn't expect the news so soon, on October 5th, 2011, that he had passed away from pancreatic cancer at the age of 56.

So young... this man was an absolute technology genius and a visionary. The world was changed forever by his brilliance. One lady upon hearing the news had this to say, a quote she remembered being said by Steve Jobs: "The people who think they are crazy enough to change the world are the ones who do," said Cory Moll, a 29-year-old employee at Apple's downtown San Francisco store. She then went on to say "He's really someone special. To hear that he is gone--he's going to be missed." I couldn't have said it better.

I remember back in the mid 1990's when we got our very first computer and it was an Apple. I was afraid of the thing at first! I would watch my husband do things on it and I think it took me about three months of just watching what he did and how he did it before I was brave enough to venture out on my own and use it.

In 1998, we got one of the "space ship" Apple McIntosh computers. At least that's what I called them because of all the different colors that were available, and the strange way they were shaped... they looked like no other computers out there. The thing is, they were so simple to use, which I absolutely loved!

Since I've started using a computer, it has totally changed my life. One of the first things I learned to do on it was email. After that, I became totally enthralled with websites that existed at the time to provide information about country singers, and my personal favorite singer at the time was Alan Jackson.

I would look over websites that were created to inform people about his work, albums that were available, pictures, and general information. At that time, I don't even think he (Alan Jackson) had a "official" website. The websites that I found were ones that had been made primarily by fans of his. Early on, these fans had the wherewithal to create websites when it seemed as if most of us were just learning how to use computers. I loved that I was able to find out about upcoming tour dates. That made planning to go to a concert so much easier.

I learned how to use "chat rooms" and message boards, and in the process made some friends back in the mid 1990's who are still friends today! We have communicated for years through the internet and also in person. We've met up at concerts in different cities, all because of a mutual love of country music. We have watched each others children grow up and have given each other advice on raising them. We have been there for each other through sorrow and tears and through the happy times.

A man like Steve Jobs comes along so rarely, sometimes only once in a lifetime. But the legacy that he left behind him is forever. Here are two of my favorite quotes of his:

"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... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do."

"The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it."

Brilliantly said, by a very wise man... Mr. Steve Jobs... you will fondly be remembered always! Gone too soon ~

Steve Jobs ~ 1955-2011.

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    • KathyH profile imageAUTHOR

      KathyH 

      6 years ago from Waukesha, Wisconsin

      Hi Barbara Kay, isn't it amazing how far technology has come since these first came out? They get smaller and smaller... and more complicated each time, it will be interesting to see what comes out in the future! Thanks for your thoughtful comment! ;)

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      Barbara Badder 

      6 years ago from USA

      We had one of the very first Apple computers. My BIL gave it to us, when the second one came out. It was just Basic programing and I learned to write programs myself. It was easy back then. Now I'd need to go to college to be able to do that. It only had 64K of memory. He bought a new one with 128K and thought it was alot.

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      MarloByDesign 

      6 years ago from United States

      My pleasure..and thanks for capturing Steve Jobs' most poignant words.

    • KathyH profile imageAUTHOR

      KathyH 

      6 years ago from Waukesha, Wisconsin

      I'm glad you liked it MarloByDesign! :) Thanks for the UP and beautiful vote! :)

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      MarloByDesign 

      6 years ago from United States

      Rated BEAUTIFUL and VOTED UP. Yes, I agree with you that Steve's words ""The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it." were so touching and I will always remember them...and HIM.

    • KathyH profile imageAUTHOR

      KathyH 

      6 years ago from Waukesha, Wisconsin

      I like that, Angie "imourn"... and you're welcome. :) He will surely be missed.

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      Angie Jardine 

      6 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

      Hi Kathy ... I too was saddened to hear Steve Jobs had lost his long battle with cancer. I first knew when I saw his name on my Google homepage - when I saw the date 2011 I knew it was all over for him.

      He was not just a great innovator and visionary, he was also a philosopher and, as your illustration quote shows, left us much good advice. (See his address to Stanhope University on Youtube).

      I, for one, being a MacBook devotee (it knows better than I do what I want to do) really mourn his passing ... or as one wit put it ... imourn.

      Thanks for this hub ...

    • KathyH profile imageAUTHOR

      KathyH 

      6 years ago from Waukesha, Wisconsin

      You're welcome, Vicki! Glad you like it! I just had all those memories when I heard he had lost his battle with cancer. It made me remember how life would not have been the same without computers and the technology he had such a huge part in. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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      Sojourner McConnell 

      6 years ago from Winchester Kentucky

      A man like Steve Jobs done rarely come along. You are right and it is so sad that he left us so early. The technology community has lost a great leader.

      Thank you for your hub. It was a great tribute.

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