I remember sitting in a diner in Atlanta reading the first-ever issue of MacWorld magazine, absolutely transfixed by their descriptions of Steve Jobs' new Mac.
As soon as it came out, I spent $3,000, a huge amount of money then, for a Mac with no hard drive and a dot matrix printer.
And I was transfixed.
I sent letters to friends using every one of the dozen-odd MacWrite fonts, embellished by my bizarre attempts at art, with every shape filled with a different MacPaint pattern.
Looking back, I should have been embarrassed, but instead I felt liberated—Jobs had created what would become the desktop publishing revolution that transformed magazine and newspaper publishing but also launched hundreds of thousands of niche magazines, and countless self-publishing careers.
He would go on to turn the music and video business upside down, and at his death he was upending magazines and book publishing as well.
On MSNBC.com, he's credited with making computing simple.
At Wired, he's touted for his technical achievements.
The L.A. Times praises his business acumen, eye for detail and showmanship.
The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg says he's "historic."
To me, it was more personal. In the 35 years since I first used Appleworks on an Apple II computer, his creations kept alive my dream that we're moving forward to a better world, where we use our brains and not our brawn to solve problems. He made me more creative, and he made boring things fun. I couldn't ask anything more of anyone.
Thank you, Steve Jobs.
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