I don’t have any personal stories to tell about meeting Steve Jobs.
I’m not a “long-time” Apple user. But I am acutely aware of the date I would become one: January 7, 2003. Steve Jobs introduced the 12″ Aluminum PowerBook G4 at MacWorld. I’m not sure how I knew about the keynote – perhaps because I had an iPod and thought it was great – but that afternoon I found myself watching the QuickTime replay from Apple’s web site, hunched over some Windows laptop. I’d never seen a SteveNote before, and was hooked by everything about it, and I said “I am switching to the Mac.” Keep in mind I hadn’t even used one at the time, but I still knew it.
Long story short, while diving into Apple’s worldview can be daunting, it’s been incredibly rewarding. I’ve learned a lot about how difficult it is to make something appear simple. I started thinking about software in words like elegance, and started using the word design to mean more than architecture.
The iPod and the PowerBook have long since been retired, obsoleted by newer models. But I still have them, because they were my first.
Rest in Peace, Steve Jobs.