About 30+ years ago I walked into a classroom and saw the computer in the back corner, an Apple II. For the next 3-4 years, that computer did more for me than many others. It was actually an apple II+
The clunky and massive computer. Built in keyboard and so much more.
The specs for this monster...
48k of memory. (not meg, not gig, but k).
Drives held 128k floppy disks. Big disks. There were some odd colors. 16 total if i remember. But all your text were green on a black screen. Unless you programmed it different.
Games, programming, formating cute girls disks. It was an amazing maching for a nerd from the day.
I look back now and think of that as the beginning. My first computer I owned was the original after market Mac upgrade. That was ten years later.
I would never return to them. CAD software took me another way. Never to return.
It did form me. It taught me to work with them, and not to be afriad. I went to college to go into computer science. Something new, and exiting. I never did continue that. I realized I like to draw more than I liked to program.
I helped others, teaching others how to use them, and the Macs that followed. I spend many times in college computer labs showing people how the Macs worked, how to avoid viruses, and planting funny ones on others. Those days are long gone now. But they did form me and my future.
Thanks Steve Jobs for the vision you and Wozniak had. Thanks for telling people they wanted a computer in their home. Thanks for making the Apple II and Macintoshes. they pushed me on your path.
Though I do not follow apple any longer I feel part of me has moved on. Sorry you moved on at the young age that you did. Farewell, and my condolences to your family and friends.