Aby-a-Day – October 6: If you have an apple and I have an apple…

“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.” – George Bernard Shaw

You’re probably seeing a lot of these memorial posts today, even on cat blogs that seem to have little or nothing to do with technology.

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That’s probably because, behind the scenes, the tools we came to rely on to create our blogs and the content (or lack thereof) they contain were invented, or at least conceived of, by one man. And that man died yesterday, tragically young (he was only 10 years older than me). We can only imagine what else he might have created had cancer not stolen him away from the world.

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What you may not realise is, cats and Macs seem to go together. After I posted the Google dog policy story, I was joking with a dog-person friend of mine, and said I could see a “Mac and PC” type skit with a dog as the PC and a cat as the Mac. At least, cats and Macs go together in my mind. See, even on my charm bracelet:

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My dad got a Mac Plus in 1987, so I’ve always had a Mac around. My first Mac was my dad’s hand-me-down Classic; I’ve had a rebuilt LCII, too, and then I switched to PowerBooks in 1998 and MacBook Pros after that. I also have had iPods from the very first version (and I still have two) and I got my iPhone in 2008. Still haven’t got an iPad yet…

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And let’s not forget the wonder that is the Apple store, a place to come and play with the latest Apple toys, or use a little free internet to check your email in a pinch, with no pressure and sales people who actually enjoy their jobs. Not to mention the Genius Bar, where you can get your Apple products looked at and diagnosed for free, no matter how old they are.

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And Steve Jobs was “the man behind the curtain” for all of it. Him dying so young, at the top of his game…it’s the tech world equivalent of JFK or Buddy Holly or James Dean or Bobby Darin…

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So long, Stevie J…and thanks for all the toys.