Once a year I pull out my old windows based computer. I did it today and it is currently installing the 43 windows updates from the last 12 months. It is fitting that I do it on the day that Steve Jobs has passed away.
I use the old computer once a year because of the tax office. E-tax only works on windows. It is the only software I need that does not work on my Apple computers. I could buy the software that allows me to run windows on a Mac, but why bother. Everything else on the Apple computers ‘just works’.
And that was Steve Jobs genius. Under his leadership, Apple made high tech products that were consumer friendly. My road-to-Damascus moment was the Saturday that I pulled my daughter’s new Macbook out of the box to set it up. I had never used an Apple product before and I had set aside all Saturday – which experience told me was the minimum time needed to set up a PC. My family had fled. They had seen me try to set up PCs before!
The Macbook was set up and running in an hour. It didn’t need me to do anything but set it going.
My wife’s conversion was the iPhone. She never could work out how to check her e-mail on the Nokias, Samsungs and numerous others she had in the past. On the iPhone it was all trivially easy. She runs her own business – so the ease of access was (and is) invaluable.
So, farewell Steve Jobs and thank you. Perhaps the Australian Tax Office, as a tribute, can make a Mac version of e-tax available.