I started using computers in the mid-1980′s when my parents bought a Tandy 1000 from Radio Shack. At the time I had no clue how much computers would evolve and that Tandy was also a leather company. Using the Tandy 1000, we were able to play games and copy files to empty floppy disks. King’s Quest 3 and BC’s Quest for Tires were what I played with most, but seeing what could happen with the command promt was more interesting.
In 6th grade, I was introduced to this thing called the internet on a Mac in the library, which was able to give information about the weather. Every morning we got on our teacher’s nerves by paying more attention to the computer and internet than class. Who would have thought, computers would become a big part of all of our lives?
Moving into Junior High, our family purchased a Windows 95 computer which had a CD-rom drive and AOL internet access. This was huge for me. I was able to use the application Paint and create some nice art as well as chat with people all over using AOL messenger. From there, I started creating my own homepage using HTML.
At the end of High School, I was able to take the old Windows 95 computer with me, while my parents upgraded. The first Mac in my possession was actually an original iMac stolen by my girlfriend at the time, from a local school. I did take a look at it, was in love with the machine, but knew it was wrong to keep it. I made her get rid of it.
I decided to go to school for multimedia design and after seeing the tools available at school, I knew I needed to get a Mac to make great things. I purchased a Mac G4 running OS9 in the year 2000. I will never forget that decision and first Mac I owned.
When I moved to Florida in 2001, I brought my G4 with me, upgraded to Mac OS X and started getting into video editing, using Dazzle Video Interface hardware, which my brother had suggested and used on his Windows machine. Realizing the power the Mac had, I was able to bring my visions to life in video format.
I moved back to Pittsburgh and in 2003 pursued my education at Pittsburgh Technical Institute (P.T.I.). I purchased one of the dome iMacs during this time and when OS 10.3 crapped out on my G4 and I lost a lot of data, I decided to sell both machines and upgrade to the almighty G5 which proved to be a great machine.
While attending classes at P.T.I., there was a lot of free time between classes, so I invested in an iBook laptop, to be able to keep my works with me at all times. This was great for exploring ActionScript programming in Flash.
I ended up installing the developer’s tools disc that came with my computer and started figuring out what that was all about. By late 2004, I was starting to explore Final Cut Pro, AppleScript, Interface Builder, Xcode, Quartz Composer and other tools. I got back into music around this time, getting a guitar and hooking it up to the G5 to record guitar riffs in this new Apple application called GarageBand.
After graduating from P.T.I., realizing the job opportunities for my skills, I once again moved to Florida, working in web and graphic design, occasionally video. While finding my path in my career, I continued exploring the possibilities of using my mac for a wide array of tasks. Working on a Windows machine at jobs I had, especially when doing heavy graphics processing, proved to be quite a heavy task and made me more grateful, having a Mac at home.
I continued to record and generate music, which got me back into music again. The music industry has changed so much since I was a teenager. The web has also evolved, with Firefox and Safari being new browsers as well as HTML and CSS progressing.
After finding and watching The Triumph of the Nerds Documentary, I have a greater appreciation for the inventors, designers and programmers that have given our generation very powerful tools to use. I also thought differently about how a computer ran and how the computer industry has changed. Around this time, I had been getting into the Apple Developer Tools so much, that I started releasing small Widgets, Scripts and Applications for the Mac.
Around 2006, Apple moved to Intel processors. I sold my G5 which now felt obsolete from 2003 and purchased a MacBook. This laptop had a “widescreen” display, which was a new cool spec on a laptop.
I had been using a “neat” phone for years (Nokia 3650) for a few years, which I developed mobile Flash Lite Applications. When the iPhone game out, it was a game changer for me as a user and developer. I finally got one when the iPhone 3 came out. I had always dreamed of having a phone with email, web and other data possibilities. With Apple, I knew it would be pretty solid and sync well with my “desktop” and “laptop” life. I was soon enjoying location based apps, Facebook updates from across the country as well as creating my own notes, ideas and graphics.
I started working pretty heavily in web, video, SEO and creative projects in general, for my day job and freelance projects. As I starting working more at home, I invested in a 27″ inch iMac, which has been the greatest machine I have ever experienced. I very often watch the Apple events and am always excited to see what innovations Steve Jobs and his team has to offer us. It was always exciting and something to look forward to.
One night late 2011, I woke up to my girlfriend telling me that Steve Jobs had died. I really did not believe her. I was still waking up after sleeping for about an hour or two, and really didn’t think I was hearing reality. Sadly enough, I awoke from my daze and realized that Steve Jobs, who did have some serious health issues a few years back and was very into experimental natural healing, was actually gone from this world.
He did a lot, to help progress the lives of many, creating tools for people to create tools and other creations. I will always be grateful for the tools available in this world and the possibilities. It was sad that Steve Jobs had to leave us. I had always hope of meeting him someday, at least for a brief “hi” or hand shake. His legacy will remain in the machines we use for creative, business and entertainment purposes.
From using a (2 color black & green graphics) 1980′s Mac, to the “touch screen” millions of colors iPhone (that fits in my pocket and runs the same games like- Oregon Trail) in such a superior way than the old machines, Apple products will always be a part of my entertainment, education, music creation, business, and liesure. Rest in Peace Steve.