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berck

RIP Steve Jobs

This is big news over here. Its all over the place that he past away yesterday. I found a quote by him that everybody's favorite cyclists shared. I thought I'd share it...

"A computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's a bicycle for our minds"
Steve Jobs
kathy

RIP.  All that brain power and all the subsequent wealth cannot guarantee health and longevity.

I'm sure he will be remembered for bringing affordable technology to the masses.
Slapshot 3

Strange day, looking around the interweb thingy the world seem polarised in it's sentiments, rest easy Mr Jobs your vision is your legacy.
berck

Biosphere

It's sad to die at such a young age, but the leaving of wreaths outside shops just baffles me. I feel old cos I remember his first stint at Apple, but then I remember PCs with no hard drives and carrying DOS on one 5.25" floppy and Lotus 1-2-3 on one 3.5" floppy. The days before bloatware Smile
Fontfroide

Gee, you are older than I thought.  do you remember punched cards and waiting for rolls of printout from lTHE computer centre?  I do.  But I am really old.

Always have mixed feelings about guys who invent gizmos and tchno-gadgets, but I guess he was one of the best there was.
kathy

Fontfroide wrote:
Gee, you are older than I thought.  do you remember punched cards and waiting for rolls of printout from lTHE computer centre?  I do.  But I am really old.



Oh dear, I remember all that, 5 and 8 track tape, punched cards, and the first PC's (PETs and Apples), that didn't even have floppy discs.  Stuff was recorded onto tape, and you had to set the volume exactly right or it didn't work - very frustrating!
berck

kathy wrote:

Oh dear, I remember all that, 5 and 8 track tape, punched cards, and the first PC's (PETs and Apples), that didn't even have floppy discs.  Stuff was recorded onto tape, and you had to set the volume exactly right or it didn't work - very frustrating!


My first computer programming class was on a TRS-80 that had the audio cassette for storage and loading of programs. Just like you said, if you didn't get the audio just right at times, you'd have problems saving and/or loading of the code.
kathy

berck wrote:
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My first computer programming class was on a TRS-80 that had the audio cassette for storage and loading of programs. Just like you said, if you didn't get the audio just right at times, you'd have problems saving and/or loading of the code.


I remember the TRS-80 as well Shocked
Biosphere

Right, I'm not so old as to remember all that Very Happy

I started using computers in university, but I graduated about a month out of my teens. 1991.

About my earliest Apple memory is the 1984 advert with the dictator like controlling figure telling his massed followers about the garden he was keeping them in that was protecting them from pests. I wonder if it was a walled garden . . . that you had to give your credit card details to be allowed into? . . .  Wink

FF, I do remember during summer jobs getting the printout from the computer centre and the data being stored on big reels of tape, but even at the turn of the 90s that was still common and PCs were still a relatively new phenomenon in terms of business actually using them. At least in Ireland. Maybe the US was different.
berck

I used the reels of tape. My first job was using primarily VAXes and MicroVAXes. They used the reels to store and transport data. We started moving to Sun SPARC's shortly after I started.
bbnaz

Thought this was interesting if anybody missed it:

Mona Simpson, a novelist and professor of English at the University of California Los Angeles, was Steve Jobs’ sister.  She delivered this eulogy for her brother on October 16.   It was a beautiful and moving eulogy.  There is one quote of interest to cyclists.  Steve Jobs live well below his means.  He was an extremely wealthy man but didn’t live excessively.  It was important to him that his children were well grounded and not spoiled by the wealth.  However it seems that there was one area where he did splurge - on his bicycle.  In the eulogy, his sister said

“This is not to say that he didn’t enjoy his success: he enjoyed his success a lot, just minus a few zeros. He told me how much he loved going to the Palo Alto bike store and gleefully realizing he could afford to buy the best bike there.

And he did.”


I don’t know what bike he bought, but I like that this was the area where he decided to splurge.  I only wish he had chosen to design a bike rather than buying one.  The results might have been very interesting.
berck

A Steve Jobs bike would have been very interesting. Thanks Betsy!

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