I resisted Microsoft's move to the graphical interface of Windows (which was not pioneered by Apple - it was designed by Xerox but popularized in the machines of Steves Jobs and Wozniac) on the technologically elitist grounds that "if you can't deal with a 'C-prompt' maybe you shouldn't be using a computer."
As I thought about this position, it occurred to me I must have sounded much like an early pilot who, having seen an altimeter in a cockpit for the first time, might have said, "Hell, son, if you don't know how high you are without one of those things maybe you don't belong in an airship."
In the mid-1990s when I was working for EDS I was in a unit that used Apple Powerbooks as our travelling computers. I was sitting at DCA working on my laptop and a man came up to me and asked how I liked the Apple.
"I hate to admit it," I said, "but I really like it."
He said that was great because he was the regional sales manager for Apple.
I still use a PC for my heavy-duty writing, but I have fallen in love with my iPad and am trying to figure out how to buy an iPhone 4S without having to wait in a line at my AT&T store a week from today.
In 2010 Apple employed over 46,000 people in the U.S. - the large majority of them at Apple retail stores. Apple provides employment for thousands more at the plants overseas where the guts for its devices are made.
It's a pretty good model: Invent things here. Assemble them somewhere else. Sell them all over the planet.
I'm sorry Steve Jobs is gone. We need more of him.