Thursday, October 6, 2011
R. I. P. Beautiful old tree and Steve Jobs
Well, the tree was taken care of yesterday. It was pretty hollow, but I still think it should have been left up. It occupied a VERY un-utilized corner of the Nethermead. Today, a tractor was starting to remove the pieces when we were there.
Otherwise, a beautiful day. Migratory geese seeing actually migrating.
Keep thinking about Steve Jobs - the man was an era. In 1975 B. and I went to Atlantic City for a computer convention,. This was before gambling - A.C. was pretty run down. B. had a brand new thing - a computer called an Imsai, small enough to own and keep in one's home. No printer, no screen, no keyboard. You had to flick switches to get programming into it.
I went horseback riding on the beach and popped into the convention. So many nerds! It was fun, but I couldn't imagine why anyone would ever want a computer in their home. Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were there - 2 teenager nerds among about 4,000 - and Gates took the stage at one point to yell at everybody for not sending him money when they used Basic (a computer language).
I look back and marvel at the incredible changes in the world since then. We have about 5 computers in the house now, and I cannot imagine life without one. And I'm not particularly computer literate. And we owe so much of it to Steve Jobs!! He changed the world. He will be missed.