I’ve never had an iAnything (not even an iTunes account) nor particular allegiance to Apple, but have always loved this picture of my sweet Twilight when he was a kitten.
My first computer was not an Apple IIe but a Texas Instruments TI-99/4A since my father was an engineer. I’ve only owned two Apple products in my life during the 1990s: a Mac Classic with a 2400 baud modem that got me onto the internet via my campus VAX system in 1993, and this tank of a PowerBook that I held together with duct tape towards the end of its life in 1999.
This morning I showed our son that he is prominently featured on his school’s new website banner picture. I was about 100 pages into a hardcover Always On: How the iPhone Unlocked the Anything-Anytime-Anywhere Future and Locked Us In by Brian Chen on loan from the public library. I poked around a digital magazine, some apps and several public library ebooks on our new (as of last weekend) Nook Color, which is our family’s first introduction to reading ebooks. That’s a snapshot of what our everyday experience with information and technology is now as the TI 99/4A was for me at about my son’s age.
Tonight, after the news of Steve Jobs death, I choked up a bit at listening again to his third story in How to live before you die. No one currently knows with absolute certainty if the cancer lanes are to the left or right, years or decades. I have to believe with the pace of medical research and genomics that this will change – if not within my lifetime, then within our son’s. Too many are gone too soon.