Thank you, Steve

Posted by Ted on Oct 5, 2011 in Memories, Technology

‎”Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything … all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know of to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

- Steve Jobs

I’m not usually one to pay homage to fallen heroes, but when I think back, Apple has been a recurring part of my life since the time I was jealous of my neighbor getting a Mac Plus in 1986, while my dad had decided to get an Epson QX-10 as the house computer. Only a couple of years later, my initiation into social networking began dialing by into a 7-line DiversiDial BBS run on an Apple II on the other side of town. A few years later still, the desktop machine at my first job at Mass General Hospital was a Mac IIcx. Then I took a hiatus from Apple for a number of years, playing with Suns and Linux boxes, completely skipping OS9.

However, since taking a job at Permabit in 2002, with the powerful OSX operating system and a PowerBook G4, I have embraced Apple ever since, abandoning Windows forever, slowly moving forward with Steve’s progressive visions, sometimes being an early adopter, and sometimes lagging behind. Today, my iPhone 4 and a generously borrowed Macbook Pro are my tethers to the world of information, and to the world of people that give a richness to life unparalleled.

Thank you, Steve. Rest in peace, knowing you have built and left a legacy that will live on.

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An adventurer at heart, Ted Beatie is at his happiest when he’s off the beaten path. His deepest passion is sharing the world through photography and writing, found at The Pocket Explorer. He is also managing editor for Rolf Potts' Vagabonding, where he curates a Case Study series. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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