Just a couple of years ago, if you were to look up the term “techno idiot” in the dictionary, my picture would accompany the definition. I actually thought that if you left a floppy disk in the slot, it would melt. I was always afraid of technology, even as a kid I’d shy away from hi-tech stuff. But when I finally got into photography in 2008, I knew I had to step it up. Everyone told me that I needed some techno savvy if I wanted to take the hobby seriously. Having just started this blog a couple of months earlier, the time was ripe to bloom, however late. So this explains why despite my age, I consider myself a Steve Jobs baby. I never got to learn Windows. I had a computer, but I stuck to emails and surfing. It wasn’t until I got my first Apple product, the iBook G4, that I truly learned about computers.
I started out with the simple tricks on iPhoto, uploading pictures and organizing them, and soon I was taking more classes and learned other stuff like Lightroom and Photobucket. As for my blog, thanks to my blog guru Karen Pamintuan, she taught me the basics of blogging, like how to upload photos and videos and links. Before I knew it, I wanted to do more, much more on my blog and other computer stuff, and although I’m still far from what you would consider a techie, I must say I pretty much have come a long way. I never knew any other computer, never knew any other OS, as much as I knew my Mac. For the longest time, my iBook was also my desktop, since I abandoned my real desktop ages ago. Then I decided to get a proper desktop, so I invested in my trusty iMac, on which I learned most of what I know about computers now. Now I can troubleshoot most of the simple problems, I back up on Time Machine, and I can do the most basic HTML, at least on my blog.
And don’t get me started on the other gadgets. I’ve been through the iPod Photo, the iPod Video, and my current, the iPod Classic 120G. I still have my iPod Touch (which I ironically never touch anymore), and of course, my new body part, my beloved iPhone. I don’t even know what I’d do without it. Especially with my two life-support apps, Pet Hotel and Pocket Frogs, not to mention my apps on Twitter, Facebook, WordPress and Instagram, I’d be an emotional wreck without it.
Anyone who gets to read my blog regularly would know how much I am into Apple products. Apple used to be THE brand of choice of the elite, the cut above the rest who used Windows. But soon, the very same people started to poo-poo the whole Apple craze, instantly shunning its mass appeal and labeling it as pop hysteria and therefore would tout the lesser known rivals as more superior, but I’m not into that technology brandism; I really wouldn’t know which one is better anyway. All I know is, ever since I got my iBook and the conga line of gadgets after that, I’ve been less afraid of learning new things, the internet became my best friend, and I’ve been able to find my online presence especially in the form of this blog and in my photography. So my Apple gear is sentimental to me. I have a hard time letting them go. I’m still keeping my iBook and my iPod Touch even if I hardly use them anymore. My MacBook is ESSENTIAL to doing our radio show in the morning. It’s the laptop I use to do the Top Ten and to write the news. Funny, I left my MacBook at home for the first time, on the day Steve Jobs died. Even before we got the news, I realized how much I depended on my laptop to do my everyday tasks. I guess it’s the perfect analogy for Steve Jobs. Having him gone is like leaving your iPhone or your laptop at home. You suddenly realize how important they are to your daily routine. I hardly go through a day without logging on to the net for work, for my blog, to check on my Pet Hotel, to read my regular websites, etc. I would feel naked without my Apple gadgets. And now the world feels stripped of the genius of Steve Jobs.