jbrodkin writes: "When I saw the news that Steve Jobs had died, I thought about 1984 (give or take), when I was about 5 years old and my parents bought an Apple IIe. It was the first computer I ever used. Even as a child, I knew there was something fundamentally new and exciting going on, that this was a step forward in human capability. At the very least, typewriters suddenly were archaic. We used the Apple to write school reports and play video games. We used floppy disks to load software and save files, and sometimes when I was bored of video games I played another game called "see if you can destroy a floppy disk." After years of using Windows as an adult, Apple crept back into my life with the iPod, and never quite left. As an occasional history buff, I marvel at the impact Jobs and his competitor Bill Gates had on my life and the lives of so many others. But mostly, I remember what it was like when I first used an Apple computer. All of us technology nuts have stories like this, so I asked my colleagues to share theirs. Here's what we came up with."