As a member of Generation X, computers have been present in one capacity or another since I was little. A Commodore 64 and an Amiga 500 were my learning wheels that introduced me to the world of computing. Those two machines were the stepping stones to me getting my hands on my very first PC.
Although my PC was highly advanced at the time, it is now a technological dinosaur that you might find at the Science Museum in London and most likely ignored or the source of amusement. With the PC came something new, customisation.
It was not a closed system like the Commodore machines, where the only customisation possible was a system memory extension or peripherals. For my PC, virtually any component could be purchased separately and exchanged or upgraded individually. In a way, building a PC never has to finish!
At the beginning it was exciting. Carefully grounding myself before touching the case and putting a new graphics card into its slot on the motherboard and then hooking up its little fan to one of the power connectors. When it all started up for the first time, it was a truly magic moment.
Sadly over the years, the excitement diminished as it seemed every time I saw the innards of one of my PCs, was when something was wrong, and it needed fixing. Seeing the cover of my PC’s case open meant some sort of technical surgery was needed to revive the struggling component, which of course meant personal expenses.
The same thing can be applied to software that is not running. Hours of private time was spent on my PC, trying to fix software or performing operating system installs. Although my love of the PC was still there, it is these tasks that I loathed and time I will unfortunately never get back.
The first apple product everybody knew of was the iPod and I remember most of my friends disliked the fact that they couldn’t drag and drop their songs straight onto the device. When I got my first iPod, this is exactly what I loved. No complications and no wasted time on copying music files. I made my way through my music library ticking the music I wanted to transfer to my iPod, and then like magic it synchronised at the click of a button.
In my current role at Amadeus, I work with Web Services which means I need to look at everything that goes on in the background of our technology. When someone searches for flights on a website, the complex messages that are transmitted behind the scenes is where everything happens, but we are able to deliver them in a way that is simplified and easy to understand. That’s why in my private life, the more simplified things are, the better. I don’t want to have to configure, move, delete, repair or anything that feels like work. I want to switch on my device and just do my thing. And that is why I am an Apple.