Originally Posted by nenebird
Sacramento resisted the Mac computer. Most IT depts were PC idiots. I worked for the state for 38 years. Got on of the first macs and never looked back. In my dept, when I retired (2009 )I was using a circa 1998 G3. It still ran great, never crashed. They had to replace just about every PC at least every 3 years and they still had crashes etc.
When someone got a file they could read, they would bring it to me to translate..
Another example of think of how much money the state could have saved if they had used Macs in many departments?
Yo, good story.
I'm glad we have a governor that gets it.
Steve's accomplishment was to humanize the computer.
Someone once did that with fire, which was out there already, only needed storing, portability, manufacture. Steve did that with fire, only it was mental fire, the electronic difference engine, the computer.
He also combined the computer with the wheel, as in "bicycle for the mind," meaning a human-scaled, low-footprint vehicle for the mind. A rideable
computer, a portable, traveling one.
Language "jes' grew," wasn't really invented by any one person, but sprung from the group and family, passed from mother and father downward and outward. Gutenberg made a suitcase, not a bicycle, for the mind, using language.
Steve wanted to make a clean machine for the world, like Ford in a way, but he, Ford, left out the curves and tactile design; that was done by Porsche, who was the first to humanize the car with the Volkswagen and the early Porsches.
The computer is about amplifying language, like the book, but it can animate and manufacture, as well as spread and broadcast. Jobs's bicycle has become (intentionally) everybody's own TV network, much more influential a vehicle than any thing on wheels.
Right up there with Gutenberg, combined with Aldus Manutius, the one who scaled down the book into coat pocket and saddlebag size.