As techie types, and we humble lovers of tech stuff that really works, absorb the passing of Mr. Jobs, I cannot help but look back on my own conversion from PC/Windows slave to Apple freedom.
- Freedom to listen, watch & work wherever my hectic life leads me.
- Freedom to Wiki over cocktails and quell a contention debate of facts and/or fictions.
- Freedom to buy movie tickets from my minivan when rain suddenly pours down on the playground.
- Freedom to blog while watching my boys frolic at the beach.
President Obama (on the White House blog) eloquently expressed our collective perspective on this man & his impact --
"Steve was among the greatest of American innovators -
brave enough to think differently,
bold enough to believe he could change the world,
and talented enough to do it."
I was relatively late climbing onto the Apple wagon, but it wasn't a long trip through the orchard before I had morphed from curious onlooker to what the Handsome Husband dubbed "a Mac advocate". Now days my bushel of Apples is full.
My personal Apple timeline...
June 2005 -
Purchased my first Apple product, an iPod Nano, and raced the gestation clock to load it with music before birthing my first.
That humble turquoise iPod Nano turned out to be my gateway gadget.
January 2006 -
January 2006 -
Purchased a video iPod for upcoming trip to visit the Grands in CA. I loaded it with a few of my toddlers favorites and hoped it would help entertain on the long journey.
I'll never forget the envious teens whining to their parents that even that "baby" had a new video iPod.
July 2006 -
July 2006 -
After two days to setup struggles with a recently purchased Dell laptop (with the OS system debacle know as Windows Vista), I packed up the black beast, shipped it back to Dell and got myself to the Apple store.
There have been a few glitches during our time together, but Apple has always been there for me, fixed her up right, and I am still happily tapping away on the very same key board.
Original Nano's battery dies, bring home 5th Generation iPod, 'cause I'm tired of fighting with my 2 year old over who gets to use "his" iPod, losing battle and being sentenced to FM radio.
Tossed my Nokia and Palm Pilot for a sleek iPhone 3G! My Mommy bag felt so much lighter!
Since 2008 the Apple avalanche has continued & spread throughout Weeksworld.
- A new iPod Shuffle for the Handsome Husband.
- MacBooks for my brother-in-law, mother-in-law, father, and numerous friends.
- Upgrade to the iPhone 4 for me, and decommissioned iPhone 3G passed down to eldest son.
Next on the Fortuitous Housewife's wish list...an iPad.
(I've got a November birthday, there's Christmas & our Valentine's Day anniversary.)
I'm tired of battling with the mini-men over who gets to use the MacBook, and an iPad seems like the perfect interim step before Mama upgrades to a MacBookPro and passes down this trusty MacBook.
So, thank you, Steve Jobs, for your passion for innovation & perfection.
Your vision changed the way we work & play, and left this world a better place.