In 1985, I was entering my senior year in college and about to begin my tenure as editor of the campus newspaper.
The computer lab approached us and offered to produce our newspaper. They had this new thing, a Macintosh, that offered “desktop publishing.”
Crazy! the young fogy in me said. We paste up our paper, hiring a contractor to typeset our words on photo paper, run the through a waxer, and cut ourselves with X-ACTO knives.
What did I know, and probably I was right to refuse an emerging technology that would have been a big distraction. (Besides, I had spent summer on campus redesigning our paper and finding a printer that had a better selection of fonts.)
Comparisons are being made to Edison, but I think losing Steve Jobs is like losing Walt Disney, and frankly I’m afraid for Apple. The computer that built the laptop I’m typing this on had a pretty disappointing week, and then this. I remember how crummy Disney became for years after losing their visionary leader. Let’s hope Silicon Valley’s innovation and great design doesn’t die along with Apple’s great founder.