The saddest news in the history of Apple universe greeted my blurry eyes this afternoon after waking up from a 10-hour sleep from last night. When I got up, I did the usual: Morning (in this case, afternoon) bathroom rituals, and head infront of the computer to check on my social networking sites and see if there are any updates for me.
When I got to tumblr, my dashboard was flooded with posts related to Steve Jobs. Photos, tumblr-user-made graphics, inspirational quotes, and videos about him. I got confused and didn’t know what was going on. Some of the reasons I had in mind were a) maybe he suddenly released the iPhone 5 while the world was sleeping and thought that was a smart move hence the inspirational quotes (lol sorry I just woke up at that time and death was the last thought in my mind), b) he did something definitely out of the box this time like going back to headlining Apple as the CEO after a snoozefest performance about the new iPhone/Pod models, and d) he passed away earlier today (this I figured out after a couple of pages of backreading).
Unfortunately my final guess was the reason for this sudden Steve Jobs news flow on my dashboard. 🙁
To be honest, whenever I go to their website today and see that photo, I just want to burst into tears. But I won’t.
Just as what @SoldierKnowsBest did with the vlog he posted on YouTube this morning, this is just going to be a post to pay my respects to this man. Like him, I’m going to keep this short, as well.
(I highly recommend you follow Soldier’s videos on Youtube, his reviews are very helpful hehe)
Some of you might be thinking why do you have to pay this much respect to this guy. He sells computers that are too expensive, he basically sucks money from each and everyone of us who lets ourselves be fooled by their OS. Blah blah, insert stuff here Apple haters would say to persuade you to go back to Windoze.
For your information, switching to Mac (OS) and Apple (for tech gadgets), though expensive (I admit), has been one of the good things I’ve done. Here are my reasons why:
- I switched to Mac in 2005, since then I’ve never had to worry about getting a computer virus that would wipe out my harddrive clean and corrupt it in the process. Paranoia gone, and I feel secure (for now) around this OS. If ever I get one in my Windows partition, that’s okay, I don’t have majority of my important files in there anyway.
- Most of the Apple products I’ve owned are still working up to this day (minus my first iPod but it’s not my fault and problem, someone borrowed it, and treated it like shit). Our two desktop PCs are upstairs in the attic and basically useless and rotting steel and metal paperweights now.
- Best thing about Apple is their warranty. I highly suggest you take their APP for all your Apple products because they have great after sales service. You will not be disappointed!
- With that said, I have had certain parts of Apple products repaired, replaced and fixed for about 5x now for free. Without the warranty, I would’ve had to pay a lot, almost at the same cost of the product when I initially bought it.
- Owning such expensive products taught me well to take very, very good care of them. Ever since then, I’ve become OC and careful with my stuff. I even keep the boxes incase they stop working, I’d put them back in the box.
- Their machines are very easy to customizable inside and out. You can easily replace the HDD and RAM easily, as well as look for skins/hardshell cases and innumerable amount of accessories for it (though I don’t prefer to do that since I like my laptop bare) in a cinch.
- Biggest music library capacity in an object that’s less than 5 inches thick. I’m still waiting if they will get to creating an iPod Touch that can occupy up to 160gb of space. Until then I am keeping my 80gb iPod Video safe.
- Latest would be the 15″ laptops having a screen resolution of a 17″ PC monitor. This is for the customized option of their Macbook Pros. So much workspace! Space galore! Love it. In my old 13″ I had a really hard time going around and about my workspace cuz everything’s so freakin’ big and cramped.
- Minimalism that plays a big, big role in their product designs. It looks very basic but at the same time very clean. There’s no fancy stickers around your product, or ads, or brochures on your product manual everytime you get an Apple product.
I’ll stop at 9.. because there are 9 letters in his name. LOL JUST KIDDING. Still trying to keep in mind to keep this SHORT.. which is apparently not the case now, haha.
Say bye-bye to your creator, or I guess your “God”.. lololol. If only machines can talk.. if only. Okay this is getting sad. Pictures! They’re fun and I wanna show you my Apple stuff, hahaha. Don’t say I am being a show off. I put them under a cut, and you clicked the read more link by yourself. Not my fault, bro. =))
I used an old photo of my black laptop because it’s not here right now, my brother has it with him to review and do school stuff with it. Also, it looks shitty now. Sad.
Hay. So much memories on these items. I wish I can be like this guy when I am older. I just want to surround myself with Apple stuff.. the kind that doesn’t rot. Well, this will rot.. in rusty way, tho. Hahaha. I wonder if he has a girl. =))
- The black laptop I received it as a present for entering college*, and I was able to use it until January this year. My brother has it now.
- The silver laptop I got as an early graduation present* and I was able to use it big time in finishing the 2nd part of my thesis.
- The black iPod I got it by accident cuz there was a time that the white iPod stopped working (after charging it for a day it stil would not turn on so we assumed it’s broken). Then we brought it to the Apple store, the lady put it in one of those charger/speakers.. suddenly it turned on! Pahiya ako sa dad ko kasi akala ko sira na and the reason why we went there is to get a new one. IDK even know why I brought it in the first place. I gave it to Alex, the old one, and my dad still bought me a new one. 😛
- The iPhone was originally my dad’s but he didn’t want it so he gave it to me.
- Our first Mac, the iMac G5, wouldn’t be there without my dad’s friend recommending it to him. In other words, t’was my dad who got me in this craziness tho he has no intention of learning the product at all. So, thanks dad and your friend for influencing him to get this for us. =))
I realized something.. the last two Apple products that became hand-me-down stuff to my brother are now in their shitty forms. 🙁 Jesus christ, men (or, okay, little brothers) and expensive gadgets DO NOT MIX WELL. I am seriously fuming whenever I go to his room and see how badly abused these stuff that I so took care with all my might when I used to own them. Laptop’s battery is badly bloated that the trackpad is not working anymore and starting to look deformed. iPod white is not working anymore and the thing feels like it bloated overtime.
I am positively sure that if those two were still in my possession they wouldn’t be in that state now. Look at my phone and black iPod, they still look presentable and most of all they WORK.
Anyway, my post to pay my respects to Steve Jobs ends here. I have no fancy closing words since people already have mentioned them. Things such as he left a legacy, he started a revolution, he opened the gates to the future, etc etc. Though I have this nagging feeling of Apple not keeping up to our expectations now that he’s gone.. I sure hope I’m wrong. Last night I was ranting at how disappointed I was with the iPhone upgrades, then I saw this post RTed by someone on Twitter conveniently titled “On the iPhone 4s being “Underwhelming.”
Needless to say, it was a smack right in my face. Okay. Next time I’ll be more open-minded and calm down.
ETA: Oh, here’s one.. Steve’s speech from Stanford in 2005. Lovely.
“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
[Stanford commencement speech, June 2005]
OH YEAAAAAH!! For Apple related movies, go watch Pirates of Silicon Valley! Hahaha! I first heard of this movie in my Ethics class in sophomore year. We were asked to write a report (or was it a reaction paper) about it. I might post it here sometime. :)) I think the actor who played Steve was pretty fit, whereas the one who played Bill.. was not. =))
What did I tell ya? Steve the character looks fit, yeah? Haha!
It’s not 100% legit but it has some true facts and tidbits somewhere. 🙂 Good movie for me. I’d watch it again especially at this time. It’s a made for TV movie kind of movie too.