Meanwhile, across the way

The passing of Steve Jobs has inspired Stuart Brown and the WordPress gang to assemble a Retro Mac theme, which I have installed on the backup site because — well, why the heck not? (I briefly entertained the idea of dropping it here, but decided against it out of, um, brand-management considerations. Yeah. That’ll work.)

I must point out here that not everyone is inclined to mourn the fellow, who by all accounts was, let us say, a bit difficult. Then again, so am I, to far less effect.


  1. canadienne »

    8 October 2011 · 10:36 pm

    Makes me nostalgic, but the old Plus still works fine so I can see that interface whenever I want. Nobody remembers how amazing that was, in 1984. I boot it up once in a while to show the young how Things Used To Be.

    Jobs’ passing was very widely covered – even the CBC here interviewed a lot of people who had known or dealt with him, some of whom confirmed that he was, in fact, a bastard at times. He was a driven man. He didn’t invent the GUI, the smartphone, or the tablet, but he recognized how they would fit into the culture and how to make them usable, which is also a big talent. In my many years of helping people use their computers, I find that more Mac users understand how their computers work than Windows users, especially since OS X. It’s not perfect, but it sure works.

  2. CGHill »

    8 October 2011 · 11:14 pm

    About the time Windows 95 came out, someone came up with a fake splash screen for it that read “Macintosh 87.” I installed that on my own box and left it there for a couple of years. I still think of Mac OS as being several years ahead of what I run, but then I gravitate toward ancient hardware.

  3. Tatyana »

    9 October 2011 · 1:02 am

    C, you might want to check this out.

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