Steve Inspired My Father & Me

by Brian Landau

Steve Jobs' work has been central to my life for about as long as I can remember. When I was three years old, my dad bought our family's first Macintosh. I remember being by his side as he set it up. My dad has since made his living writing about the Macintosh. As a developer and consumer myself, I'm a die-hard Mac fan, user, and believer. This is site is what I (with help) built to honor him and share my inspiration.

How do I turn this thing on???!!!

by Geri W.

Some years ago, I got my first job as a technical writer and was required to use a PC to look at the software, in order to write the dreaded user's manual. But I had no idea how to get the PC to turn on! Little did I know that I needed a special floppy disk to "boot" the computer! How happy I was on my next tech writing assignment when everyone in the office was using Macs! I was up and running in no time. And when i began teaching writing to students at Syracuse University, I used a Mac...generously supplied in our writing labs by the Mac people. Our students, in those days, did not come to college with computer experience. We had to teach them how to use them. And with the Macs, it was so easy!! Even though some freshmen were still overwhelmed by the whole college experience and cried on their desktops, or put the mouse on the screen trying to move the arrow, we were successful. Soon, my entire class was paperless. Writing assignments were given on line, and the writing was dropped, in those days, into a folder where I collected them to read and respond to. It was great stuff. We could concentrate on writing, and had a very powerful tool to use. Yet is was simple enough for even a child. Which brings me to my last point. My son in law, a PC user, was amazed to see his 3 yr old daughter navigating my Mac with ease to get onto the PBSKids site to play little games. Thanks, Steve Jobs, for making my life easier. I always said that a Mac was much better to have in the house than a vacuum cleaner! Macintosh forever!!!

Producing

by Chris Dillon

There's no other word than workstation that comes to mind first for my Mac. It's where I work. I trust it more than my PC even though I know they can do similar things. Steve didn't want to argue about platforms. If you believed his vision and therefore Apple's, you could see that they truly wanted to get out of the way and let you create content, code, media and anything you could. He wanted simplicity and ease of use with security and automated backups. That is what the sweet spot of a desktop computer is. Similarly, he got down to the core use case of the phone and the tablet and got the device and tech out of the way. Looking back to 2007 iPhone introduction videos and seeing the first mobile Safari, I realize how much he and Apple really did introduce to the world. Pundits, bloggers, hype machine and even my comments now pale in comparison to the sheer shock on people's faces when he demoed the iPhone. Go watch the video and share my sadness that those keynotes, from that man, are gone.

Beauty Beyond Skin Deep

by Jon Livingston

Working with Apple products since the early 90's has inspired me to be a better designer. Steve's creations have taught me to not settle, but to strive in exceeding expectations. He was a genius at taking complex items and making them simple, fun and elegant. Thanks for your inspiration and passion.

"When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through." - Steve Jobs