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October 13, 2011 - Dave Hecei

Most of us Apple users, and many others around the world, were saddened by the passing of Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder and, just recently, former CEO. There have been plenty of news stories and video memories pertaining to Jobs and how he truly influenced the personal computer industry.

With the help of his friend, one of Apple’s other co-founders (there were three total), they created the first consumer personal computer – the Apple II. They also helped create a billion dollar industry or computers, peripherals, software, and support.

If they hadn’t created the Apple I and II, the industry could have gone in a completely different direction. There might not have been an Atari 800/400, a Commodore VIC-20 or C-64.

IBM might not of even created the IBM PC. Without the Apple II there might not of been VisiCalc and without VisiCalc there might not of been a need for IBM to create a small desktop PC. VisiCalc was that important in the creation of the PC industry. Without Apple there would never of been a Macintosh, or more importantly, no GUI. No GUI then we would not have Microsoft Windows. It really is amazing to think that all these things, big and small, really helped to shape the personal computer industry to what it is today.

After reading many articles about the history of Steve Jobs, Apple, Macintosh, and the whole PC industry, I sat back and looked at all the computers I’ve owned and used over the past 35 years. It really is amazing how things have changed. It may not feel like it, since it did happen somewhat gradually. But to think that today’s smartphones are portable, cheap, and as powerful as computers we had on our desktops just a few years ago, it really is amazing.

(…to be continued.)


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