A while ago I was looking at apple.com and saw that I can send an email to [email protected]. The following is what I wrote.
You have greatly touched almost all the lives on earth. I live in the Philippines and even here your genius has affected our lives. I’m a late bloomer when it comes to computers but the first one I ever touched was an Apple II. It belonged to my cousin and it was very foreign to me. Many years later, after frustrations with any Windows-based computers, I finally switched to Mac. I couldn’t afford a brand new one so I bought a second hand iBook. It was great and it truly met my expectations and more. I became a fan ever since and saved money to buy Apple products. The iPod Classic and Video accompanied my many moods and solitude. The iBook, Macbook, and Macbook Pro gave me a chance to make new friends, make extra money, and express my thoughts and opinions, and so much more. The iPad was a wonder which exposed me to more literature new and old, games to drive away ennui and applications which helped me with productivity. Then there is the iPhone.
I used to think that the iPhone is an overpriced piece of crap but when Beni Gelzer who lives all the way in Switzerland generously gave me his old 3GS, I became a convert. The iPhone changed my life and I never imagined a smartphone can do so many tasks. It was definitely beyond my imagination. So when the 3GS gave up on me, I bought a brand new iPhone 4. It was expensive but I know I will never regret it. My iPhone 4 has a lot of stories to tell. From how I accidentally left it in a restaurant in Singapore and how Joel Ramos selflessly tracked it and found a person going to the Philippines who can hand me the phone I lost. How can a single device transcend boundaries and travel so much distance? I suspect what happened was sort of magical.
Your passing away didn’t come as a surprise but I still felt a loss in my life. We never met, you probably never think about my country at all, but just the same your life has left a mark which can never be replaced. I wonder if there will ever be a dropout, deviant, megalomaniac, genius like you who will have the same effect on millions of lives. Maybe not in my lifetime. I bid you adieu, Mr. Jobs. Thank you for changing my life somehow.