I’ve only been using Apple products for 11 years. The journalism department at my alma mater was all Mac, and I came from a PC home. So, freshman year, the fall of 2000, waiting for a journalism class to start, I turned on an Apple product for the first time. It wasn’t an easy transition – all the buttons were in the wrong place, and where the heck was the “Start” button??
It’s an incredible testament to the influence of a single person that less than a year later, he would begin the amazingly short, 10-year process of revolutionizing how we listen to music, communicate with others and essentially live our lives – albeit our very first-world, luxury-oriented lives.
I haven’t gone back. I bought my first Mac – an iMac, the kind with the powdery blue, translucent plastic bubble housing – in the fall of 2001, the same year Jobs introduced the world to the iPod. At the time, the big names in the music world were Winamp and Napster. Everyday life in the developed world has changed immensely in the 10 years since, and Steve Jobs is responsible for quite a lot of that.
Oh, and the man created Pixar, too. Crazy.